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The exterior of Nowon, East Village



East Village

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerEating At The BarFirst/Early in the Game Dates
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Nowon in the East Village is where you go to load up on quality beef, craft beer and '90s hip hop with a friend or two. They're known for their burgers, and offer a few different options, including a crusty, dry-aged steak burger that lives on our Best Burger guide, and a $27 one with smoked truffle. But most often, we find ourselves ordering the appropriately named Legendary Cheeseburger. A double smashburger topped with kimchi special sauce, roasted kimchi and more, it perfectly embodies Nowon’s Korean American menu.

Even more exciting than the burgers though, are the set meals, called “mixtapes.” The E.P. ($39 per person) comes with five dishes, including some incredible chopped cheese rice cakes, and half a cheeseburger each, while The Classic has seven courses for $49. Nowon also has a bigger space in Bushwick, where they make great Korean-inspired pizza.

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