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Three-Story Korean Restaurant from Bann Family Will Open in SoHo

After seven years, Woo Lae Oak returns to the neighborhood

The Mercer Street location of Woo Lae Oak
Woo Lae Oak
Melissa McCart is the editor for Eater New York.

Jog your memory because you probably know The Woo: Once known as Woo Lae Oak, the rebranded Korean restaurant will rise again in SoHo at 206 Spring Street from the family that runs Bann on West 50th Street.

The Post’s Steve Cuozzo reports that third-generation owner Julie Choi has signed a 15-year lease in the former three-story Fiamma space that’s 7,500 square-feet with a seating capacity for 250 diners.

Choi says she’s been looking for the right location to reopen since the Mercer Street location closed in 2011 following a 12-year run.

“We are finally making our return to SoHo with a new address, new look, and an entirely unique approach to Korean cuisine signature to our restaurants,” Choi wrote to Eater. “Woo Lae Oak makes its return this fall simply, but unmistakably as, The Woo (as most people called it anyways...).”

The first Woo Lae Oak opened in Midtown in 1974 followed by locations in California, Virginia, and elsewhere.

Woo Lae Oak

206 Spring Street, New York, New York 10012