There’s no doubt that New York City is the city that never sleeps. The constant hustle and bustle goes well into the night thanks to the endless array of restaurants, bars, and nightlife. You’ll even find a small area centered on West 32nd Street where Korean culture and businesses are booming. If you’re looking for a unique barbecue dinner, karaoke fun, or where to satisfy those drunken munchies, look no further! Here are some of the best late-night spots in NYC’s Koreatown:
Jongro BBQ has made its way to NYC. This somewhat hidden gem is located on the second floor of an office building. Wooden tables, benches, and classic Korean movie posters fill the casual space. It’s an old school feel, taking you back to Korea during the 70’s and 80’s. Come for dinner and try their popular meat platters cooked on your very own tabletop grill with all the fixings. When it comes to good quality barbecue at a great value, this is your place. The wait can be long, especially on the weekend, so get there early.
2 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001
When you’re in Koreatown, there will be karaoke. Gagopa Karaoke is a simple karaoke spot where you can enjoy private rooms and an extensive song list at great prices. There are free snacks with every bottle purchase. In addition to cheap drinks, they offer BYO alcohol and food options – can’t beat that! It’s open until 4am weekdays and 5am on weekends. Gather your friends, drink up, and sing your hearts out late into the night.
28 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10006
Bangia is a late-night Korean eatery that specializes in authentic Korean dishes and comfort food. The menu includes savory pancakes, grilled meats, stews, and noodles. One of their most popular items is the seafood cheese tteokbokki, a popular street food where a spicy rice cake with seafood is topped with gooey mozzarella cheese. It’s also a solid drinking spot offering soju, cold beer, and signature cocktails to go along with the yummy food – perfect!
11 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
One of the most popular Korean barbecue restaurants is Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong. In addition to the midtown location, this South Korean-based chain can also be found in Flushing, New Jersey, and Los Angeles. Although a bit pricier than others, they pride themselves in serving the highest quality meats. The pork belly is thick, the ribeye is tender, and the boneless short ribs are tasty. Their signature tabletop grills already have a few sides of veggies, cheesy corn, and steamed egg cooking before you even take your seat.
1 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
5 Bar Karaoke Lounge
Located five floors above in the heart of Koreatown, this clubby singing lounge is the place to party like a karaoke rock star. 5 Bar Karaoke Lounge is equipped with private suites and VIP bottle service, along with flashy lights and a stripper pole. You’ll find signature drinks, shooters, and classic cocktails on the drink menu. Fried rice and bar foods are offered as well. Even if you don’t get a private room, you can enjoy the lounge area with a full bar and DJ.
38 West 32nd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001
When it comes to Korean liquors, soju is king. If you want to get a taste of this distilled beverage’s impact on Korean food culture, check out Soju Haus. This spacious modern restaurant focuses on pairing classic Korean dishes with soju and other Korean spirits. The fun atmosphere provides the ultimate hangout to share flavorful dishes and flavored soju. Cool down those spicy dishes with some refreshing cucumber soju, or maybe the slightly sweeter pomegranate soju with some grilled chicken gizzards? Don’t knock it until you try it.
315 5th Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016
Five Senses Korean Restaurant
At Five Senses Korean Restaurant, they focus on serving delicious Korean food that will stimulate all five of your senses. They’re open until 6am with late night drink specials until 4am. Many rave about their signature kimchi fried rice served on a sizzling stone pan with an egg that’s mixed right before serving. This chic and bustling restaurant is always packed, but well worth the wait. Your senses will be pleased.
9 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001
Karaoke City is the newest karaoke joint in K-Town. Enter the office building and take the elevator up to the 7th floor where you’ll emerge into the largest karaoke experience in Manhattan. Rooms are clean, modern, and equipped with state of the art equipment. In addition to the big private rooms, the spacious bar has projector screens and big screen TVs to watch a game. Service and bartenders are top-notch. Playlists are updated monthly, so turn the volume up with a classic favorite or the latest hit.
22 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001
Turntable Chicken Jazz
Korean fried chicken is freakin’ delicious. Head over to Turntable Chicken Jazz for delectable chicken wings and drumsticks. Choose from hot & spicy, soy garlic, or both. The perfectly fried chicken is very tender, hot, and crispy. They’re seriously addicting. You’ll find martinis, cocktails, soju, and glowing beer towers at the bar, plus a DJ spinning vintage vinyl certain nights. Fried chicken, drinks, and music? Sold!
314 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001