It’s tough to spend time around Union Square and not notice Barn Joo. It’s located on Union Square West, a few steps from the entrance to the subway. From the outside, you’ll notice the lines waiting for a table or bar seat during Happy Hour (4pm-7pm every day), and if you get closer, you’ll hear the loud music from the DJ or live band inside. The clubby space offers Korean BBQ at tables on the second floor, but we recommend sticking to some share plates and bottles of soju at the bar or booths on the ground floor. We especially like the bibimbap, which comes with nicely charred rice at the bottom, plenty of spicy gochujang, and a big portion of meat.
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Flats Fix (aka Taco Shop)
If you want to sit down and eat a taco near Union Square, Flats Fix is an easy option. It’s a little place 16th, with a few tables and a bar.
We wish there was a Daily Provisions on every corner, so that we would never be far from their excellent breakfast and lunch.
abcV is Jean-Georges’ third restaurant inside of the ABC Carpet & Home furniture store, and this one is all vegetarian. It’s also the best.
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Starry Night is a restaurant in Koreatown where you can get some late-night food and drink soju in a room with a disco ball.
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Côte is a Korean barbecue place in Flatiron that looks kind of a like a nightclub and serves some high-quality beef. They also do a great prix fixe.
Turntable Chicken Jazz
Party time fried chicken in Midtown that’s absurdly addicting and a fun place to eat food if you don’t take yourself too seriously.
Jongro is one of our favorite Korean barbecue spots in the city, although it gets pretty busy. Put your name in, then go sing some karaoke.
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