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25 Sizzling Korean Barbecue Restaurants to Try in NYC

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Marinated oodae galbi from Rib No. 7
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At its best, Korean barbecue is a one-of-a-kind, sizzling experience perfect for rowdy groups and dates alike. There’s nothing like a tabletop full of marinated meats waiting to be grilled and accompanied by loads of complimentary banchans, or side dishes. Once the grills are lit, a parade of dishes come out for a do-it-yourself experience that’s perfect for sharing. Some restaurants specialize in particular cuts of meats while others offer dishes — noodle soups, stews, and more — that round out this comforting meal. Here in New York, several spots even have private karaoke rooms, are open late, and offer uncommon options like live octopus. Here’s a guide to NYC’s standout Korean barbecue restaurants.

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1. The Cast Iron Pot 3

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157-26 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354
(347) 368-6255

The Cast Iron Pot is all about cooking meat on a sot ttukkeong, the lid of the traditional Korean cast iron gamasot. Because of the large circular surface of a sot ttukkeong, a variety of meat gets cooked all at once along with bean sprouts and onions, creating nice char. Options range from curry-spiced chicken to marinated short ribs, attracting hungry carnivores. Unique BBQ items like butter squid and chorizos are also available for an order. All-you-can-eat costs $32.95 at dinner and $20.95 at lunch.

2. Keum Sung

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40-07 149th Pl
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 539-4596

This no-frills, casual Korean barbecue spot is famous for a duck, served either plain or marinated. The big menu features lots of traditional Korean dishes, but the specialty is naeng myun — chewy buckwheat noodles in icy, beefy broth that paired well with a meal of grilled meats.

3. GooGongTan

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40-09 149th Pl #1
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 321-1738

Goo Gong Tan is a perfect spot to feel transported to the streets of Seoul filled with sounds of hit K-pop songs and delicious sizzling sounds. As soon as guests are seated, complimentary steamed eggs and radish soup arrive at the table. An expansive BBQ menu ranges from gopchang (beef intestines) to seafood platters. Goo Gong Tan is a unique barbecue restaurant where diners can enjoy mozzarella-topped clams with dollops of tangy sauce, duck breast over chives, spicy tteokbokki (rice cakes), and of course, pork belly, all at the same time. Outdoor seating is available.

4. 역전구이

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4105 150th St
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 460-1266

Steps away from Murray Hill LIRR stop, this Korean BBQ place has no English name, but Koreans will immediately recognize big signs that say live eel. It’s one of the few places that serve eel, which sit in tanks inside the restaurant, and as such, 역전구이 has become a local favorite. The eel gets caught right after the order, and a server then heats up the boneless eel over charcoal, allowing it to absorb all the smoky flavors. 

Several pieces of eel are on a tabletop grill, next to black trays of banchan James Park/Eater

5. Mapo Korean B.B.Q.

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149-24 41st Ave
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 886-8292

There are only two things that matter at Mapo — galbi and charcoal. This humble place can overwhelm at first with loads of banchan hitting the table all at once, but as soon as the meat arrives, the only thing that’s pleasantly overwhelming is the amount of sweet and savory flavors the galbi has. Don’t forget to order the buckwheat noodles, called naeng myun, and house-made mandoo, or Korean dumplings, to make this meal an ultimate Korean barbecue feast.

6. KangTong BBQ

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149-20 41st Ave
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 886-2737

KangTong BBQ feels and looks like a casual KBBQ restaurant in Korea rather than New York — with colorful plastic chairs that are ubiquitous in Korean street stalls to a doodle-filled wall,. The menu includes typical BBQ cuts of meat, including pork belly, but the restaurant also offers less ubiquitous items, like marinated pork belly with squid, pork entrails, and shellfish. 

7. Tong Sam Gyup Goo Yi

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162-23 Depot Rd
Queens, NY 11358
(718) 359-4583
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This Flushing spot specializes in thick-cut pork belly cooked over a cast iron lid. There are seven options for pork, including a natural black pork called Heuk-dwaeji, which is a rare find in New York, and six options for beef, including beef entrails and tongue. This barbecue experience stands out with its usage of bean sprouts. Once the meat arrives, the platter of meat gets cooked over a big cast iron lid with an abundance of bean sprouts and kimchi. Don’t forget to order one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes: kimchi naengmyun, cold noodles in beef broth served in an icy bowl.

8. Yoon Haeundae Galbi

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8 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 244-5345
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As the name suggests, Yoon Haeundae Galbi is known for galbi. The restaurant prepares the beef short ribs in a technique that’s supposed to tenderize the meat more, a process developed by the original location in Busan, South Korea, that opened in 1964. Because of the restaurant’s connection with Busan, it also offers several dishes inspired from the region, including a seafood pancake with whole scallions on top, and yook-kal, a spicy beef noodle soup. Also check out the restaurant’s potato noodles, which are cooked with the marinade from the meat on the tabletop grill.

9. Rib No. 7

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32 W 33rd St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 381-0802
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Rib No.7 is one of the latest arrivals to the Korean BBQ scene in NYC. Even though the restaurant offers two options for pork — samgyupsal, pork belly, and pork ribs — the main focus is their beef offerings: oodae galbi, a particular cut of beef short ribs getting more popular in South Korea. Unlike a typical LA galbi that refers to thin, flanken short ribs, oodae galbi is from the meat surrounding the seventh rib of the rack, known for producing tender meat with maximum marbling. The meat arrives with the whole bone attached, similar to a tomahawk steak, as the chef cuts the beef in front of the diners, and finishes cooking it tableside. Besides the meat, there are notable dishes to complement the barbecue experience, such as naengmyeon (cold green tea noodles served in beef broth), doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew), yukhoe (beef tartare), and more.

Oodae galbi arrives with the rib attached
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10. Sam Won Garden

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37 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 695-3131
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As the first American location of South Korea’s oldest Korean barbecue restaurant, Sam Won Garden brings a luxury experience from Seoul to K-town. Though known for galbi, or marinated short ribs, the restaurant offers a variety of meats, including ribeye, thinly sliced brisket, and pork belly. Beyond the grill, the rest of the Korean menu is just as strong: Pair the acidic and mild pyeongyang naengmyeon, or chilled noodle soup in beef broth, prepared North Korean style, with sweet, savory galbi. Complete a meal with mookeunji samgeyopsal jjim, braised pork belly with aged kimchi.

A piece of beef gets held up with metal chopsticks at Samwon Garden. Adam Moussa/Eater

11. Gaonnuri

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1250 Broadway 39th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 971-9045
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Gaonnuri offers a rooftop Korean barbecue experience with a Manhattan skyline city view. Located on the 39th floor of a non-descript building, Gaonnuri feels like walking into a unique penthouse that serves an excellent Korean menu. On top of their eight different meat options (available a la carte), ranging from marinated galbi to duck breast, diners can choose set menus that include a few different cuts of meat, a variety of banchan, salad, soybean paste stew, kimchi stew, and egg casserole. The restaurant also offers a vegetable BBQ platter and a small stone pot bibimbap for sides to supplement the barbecue experience.

12. Jongro BBQ

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2, 22 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 473-2233
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Jongro is the most popular and mobbed Korean barbecue joints in Manhattan’s K-town. Perfect for pre- and post-night out fortification with friends, this place is crowded all the time with young people wanting for good and affordable meats in big portions. Fresh meat delivered daily and cut to order at the in-house butchery — plus an atmosphere that’s an homage to Korea in the ’80s with posters and snacks from the era — all add up to attracting homesick Koreans. Expect a wait of at least an hour at prime dinner times.

13. Miss Korea BBQ

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10 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 594-4963
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This once 24/7, three-floor Korean restaurant in the center of Manhattan’s K-town offers three barbecue sets: Longevity, Happiness, and Love. Each one comes with four different types of meat plus a choice of traditional Korean stew, and the rest of the menu features a variety of classic cuts and barbecue options like beef, chicken, seafood, pork, and vegetables. It even offers dak galbi (stir-fried chicken), which is a regional favorite in Korea. The hours of been adjusted during the pandemic, so check for latest details.

14. Hyun

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10 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016
(917) 261-6217
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This upscale Korean BBQ place specializes in only wagyu, showing off exceptional marbling meat. There’s no pork, and most of the nine wagyu options are served without any heavy marinade. Hyun’s sot bap, pre-cooked rice with different toppings, is also a must-get. The rice gets cooked in a cast iron, infused with luxe ingredients like sea urchin and truffles. 

15. Love Korean BBQ

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319 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016
(646) 669-8147
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This restaurant offers Korean BBQ with a side of night club vibes. At Love Korean Barbecue there’s an eye-catching menu with names like succulent cow (soy-marinated short ribs) and noodz forever (japchae) — all set to the tunes of popular DJs . When it comes to meat offerings, its menu is standard but it leans heavier on beef than pork, including pork belly, galbi, bulgogi, hanger steak, and rib eye. But, Love Korean BBQ offer a few meat skewers as well as shrimp ones for those who are looking for extra meat.

16. Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

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1 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 966-9839
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Started as a famous chain restaurant in Korea, Baekjeong has brought its popularity to NYC and has become a hit within the restaurant industry. High-quality meats, with a wide variety of beef and pork cuts including pork skin, are on the menu alongside seasonally curated banchans, condiments, and a basket of lettuce. The grill is uniquely designed to cook eggs, vegetables, kimchi, and cheesy corn in the trenches encircling it beside the meat. Wait times can exceed an hour at prime dinner time.

A dining room with wooden tables and grills in the middle and metal contraptions on the ceiling. Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong [Official]

17. Gopchang Story BBQ

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312 W 5th Ave 2nd floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 695-4627
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Grilling gopchang, the small intestines of cattle (or pig), has long been an essential part of Korean barbecue culture, but it often gets underrepresented outside of Korea. One of the first international outposts of a popular Korean chain, Gopchang Story brings the beauty of Korean offal meat to the center of K-town. It specializes in a variety of beef intestines, tripe, and even beef heart that gets sprinkled with “fairy dust,” a unique spice blend, as it gets charred and crispy on the induction grill. Besides grilled intestine, the beef intestine casserole — a spicy mix of ox intestines, tripe, beef, and vegetables — is an absolute stand out.

A grill is packed with various meats. Adam Moussa/Eater

18. Dons Bogam

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17 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-2200
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Dons Bogam is not only a Korean barbecue restaurant but also a stellar wine bar. The restaurant features an extensive list of drinks, including over 50 kinds of wine, 15 varieties of sake, and of course, soju and other Korean liquors. The food side is fairly traditional — including kimchi stew and silken tofu soup, and lots of types of meat, from short ribs to pork belly — but a more modern option is pork belly marinated in Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a must-try item, combining elements of the restaurant’s wine and barbecue sides.

19. Let's Meat BBQ

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307 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-0089
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Let’s Meat is the first all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant in Manhattan, offering 16 different meat options for under $40. It’s a considerably more affordable deal, compared to other Korean BBQ spots in the same neighborhood that can easily go well over $100. With a few extra dollars, diners get more expansive options, including gopchang, beef small intestines, spicy squid, strip steak, marinated shrimp, and more. The restaurant also grills on a cast iron lid, called a gamasot, which creates a deeply-charred and crispy crust on meat that can’t be replicated on any other grills.

20. Sik Gaek

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49-11 Roosevelt Ave
Woodside, NY 11377
(718) 205-4555
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Sik Gaek’s atmosphere is as unique as its menu; it’s a place where people drink lots of watermelon soju and party all night to crazy loud K-pop music fueled on by Korean barbecue. Besides traditional barbecue cuts like pork belly and galbi, there’s duck meat and a variety of fresh seafood, including abalone and lobster, on the grill. Those more adventurous can experience live octopus, freshly killed and chopped in bite-size pieces lightly dressed with sesame oil and salt, that is still moving on the plate.

21. Cote Korean Steakhouse

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16 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 401-7986
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Cote snagged a Michelin star in its first year by focusing on the source of its ingredients, especially the beef. As the restaurant proudly displays in a dry-aging room downstairs, Cote positions itself as a high-end, self-grill steakhouse rather than the more casual barbecue spots clustered a few blocks uptown. And indeed, high ceilings, dim lighting, and unique smokeless grills on each table separate Cote from K-town joints. The butcher’s feast, its signature barbecue menu, is priced at $54 per person with a full meal of four cuts of meat, banchan, salads, egg souffle, two stews, and soft serve. Don’t skip the cocktails or varied wine list.

22. The Woo

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206 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-2364
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Soho isn’t known as a destination for Korean BBQ, so The Woo is a welcoming addition to its dining scene. In its grand three-story venue, the restaurant feels like a slightly upscale version of other Korean barbecue establishments sporting a traditional menu. Diners can enjoy a variety of popular Korean dishes, from a nice selection of soups, such as kalbi tang (beef short ribs soup) and sam gye tang (herbaceous chicken soup with ginseng and jujube), to Korean fried chicken and dumplings. There are 15 options for barbecue, which comes with a spread of rice, kimchi, pickled shredded daikon, and a sesame broccoli and green salad with sweet red chili vinaigrette. There are non-red meat options like shiitake mushrooms, vegetables, and salmon.

23. Gunbae Tribeca

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67 Murray Street
New York, NY 10007
(212) 321-2500
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Well outside the confines of Koreatown, buzzy, casual Gunbae offers a Korean barbecue experience with both traditional (10 different kinds of bibimbap plus Korean stews) and unexpected (dry-aged ribeye and filet mignon) food and cuts of meat to grill. Following the feast, private karaoke rooms beckon diners downstairs for the full Korean experience without trekking to uptown K-town.

24. Dokebi Bar and Grill

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199 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 782-1424
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Dokebi delivers a clean beef flavor — the meat here sits in marinade for just two minutes, in comparison to traditional marinade, which takes as long as 24 hours. There are 10 different barbecue options, including vegetables, tuna, and shrimp. Each order comes with signature purple multigrain rice and banchan, and most of the barbecue orders can be made spicy upon request.

25. Insa Korean BBQ & Karaoke

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328 Douglass St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 855-2620
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Opened by the team behind Red Hook’s the Good Fork, Insa is an all-around Korean barbecue restaurant and karaoke lounge in Brooklyn. There are 10 different barbecue choices — including galbi, 28-day dry-aged ribeye, pork belly, and pork jowl — and with each order, there are more than a dozen banchan and abundance of greens for wraps, including Korean perilla leaves. The ultimate Korean night out can all be had at this venue: Start at Insa’s tiki bar with a retro cocktail, move to the table and grill some galbi and pork belly with side orders of soondae, or housemade Korean blood sausage, and soondubu, spicy silken tofu stew, and finish the night at its karaoke with more soju.

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1. The Cast Iron Pot 3

157-26 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354

The Cast Iron Pot is all about cooking meat on a sot ttukkeong, the lid of the traditional Korean cast iron gamasot. Because of the large circular surface of a sot ttukkeong, a variety of meat gets cooked all at once along with bean sprouts and onions, creating nice char. Options range from curry-spiced chicken to marinated short ribs, attracting hungry carnivores. Unique BBQ items like butter squid and chorizos are also available for an order. All-you-can-eat costs $32.95 at dinner and $20.95 at lunch.

157-26 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354

2. Keum Sung

40-07 149th Pl, Flushing, NY 11354

This no-frills, casual Korean barbecue spot is famous for a duck, served either plain or marinated. The big menu features lots of traditional Korean dishes, but the specialty is naeng myun — chewy buckwheat noodles in icy, beefy broth that paired well with a meal of grilled meats.

40-07 149th Pl
Flushing, NY 11354

3. GooGongTan

40-09 149th Pl #1, Flushing, NY 11354

Goo Gong Tan is a perfect spot to feel transported to the streets of Seoul filled with sounds of hit K-pop songs and delicious sizzling sounds. As soon as guests are seated, complimentary steamed eggs and radish soup arrive at the table. An expansive BBQ menu ranges from gopchang (beef intestines) to seafood platters. Goo Gong Tan is a unique barbecue restaurant where diners can enjoy mozzarella-topped clams with dollops of tangy sauce, duck breast over chives, spicy tteokbokki (rice cakes), and of course, pork belly, all at the same time. Outdoor seating is available.

40-09 149th Pl #1
Flushing, NY 11354

4. 역전구이

4105 150th St, Flushing, NY 11355
Several pieces of eel are on a tabletop grill, next to black trays of banchan James Park/Eater

Steps away from Murray Hill LIRR stop, this Korean BBQ place has no English name, but Koreans will immediately recognize big signs that say live eel. It’s one of the few places that serve eel, which sit in tanks inside the restaurant, and as such, 역전구이 has become a local favorite. The eel gets caught right after the order, and a server then heats up the boneless eel over charcoal, allowing it to absorb all the smoky flavors. 

4105 150th St
Flushing, NY 11355

5. Mapo Korean B.B.Q.

149-24 41st Ave, Flushing, NY 11355

There are only two things that matter at Mapo — galbi and charcoal. This humble place can overwhelm at first with loads of banchan hitting the table all at once, but as soon as the meat arrives, the only thing that’s pleasantly overwhelming is the amount of sweet and savory flavors the galbi has. Don’t forget to order the buckwheat noodles, called naeng myun, and house-made mandoo, or Korean dumplings, to make this meal an ultimate Korean barbecue feast.

149-24 41st Ave
Flushing, NY 11355

6. KangTong BBQ

149-20 41st Ave, Flushing, NY 11355

KangTong BBQ feels and looks like a casual KBBQ restaurant in Korea rather than New York — with colorful plastic chairs that are ubiquitous in Korean street stalls to a doodle-filled wall,. The menu includes typical BBQ cuts of meat, including pork belly, but the restaurant also offers less ubiquitous items, like marinated pork belly with squid, pork entrails, and shellfish. 

149-20 41st Ave
Flushing, NY 11355

7. Tong Sam Gyup Goo Yi

162-23 Depot Rd, Queens, NY 11358

This Flushing spot specializes in thick-cut pork belly cooked over a cast iron lid. There are seven options for pork, including a natural black pork called Heuk-dwaeji, which is a rare find in New York, and six options for beef, including beef entrails and tongue. This barbecue experience stands out with its usage of bean sprouts. Once the meat arrives, the platter of meat gets cooked over a big cast iron lid with an abundance of bean sprouts and kimchi. Don’t forget to order one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes: kimchi naengmyun, cold noodles in beef broth served in an icy bowl.

162-23 Depot Rd
Queens, NY 11358

8. Yoon Haeundae Galbi

8 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

As the name suggests, Yoon Haeundae Galbi is known for galbi. The restaurant prepares the beef short ribs in a technique that’s supposed to tenderize the meat more, a process developed by the original location in Busan, South Korea, that opened in 1964. Because of the restaurant’s connection with Busan, it also offers several dishes inspired from the region, including a seafood pancake with whole scallions on top, and yook-kal, a spicy beef noodle soup. Also check out the restaurant’s potato noodles, which are cooked with the marinade from the meat on the tabletop grill.

8 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018

9. Rib No. 7

32 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001
Oodae galbi arrives with the rib attached
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Rib No.7 is one of the latest arrivals to the Korean BBQ scene in NYC. Even though the restaurant offers two options for pork — samgyupsal, pork belly, and pork ribs — the main focus is their beef offerings: oodae galbi, a particular cut of beef short ribs getting more popular in South Korea. Unlike a typical LA galbi that refers to thin, flanken short ribs, oodae galbi is from the meat surrounding the seventh rib of the rack, known for producing tender meat with maximum marbling. The meat arrives with the whole bone attached, similar to a tomahawk steak, as the chef cuts the beef in front of the diners, and finishes cooking it tableside. Besides the meat, there are notable dishes to complement the barbecue experience, such as naengmyeon (cold green tea noodles served in beef broth), doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew), yukhoe (beef tartare), and more.

32 W 33rd St
New York, NY 10001

10. Sam Won Garden

37 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
A piece of beef gets held up with metal chopsticks at Samwon Garden. Adam Moussa/Eater

As the first American location of South Korea’s oldest Korean barbecue restaurant, Sam Won Garden brings a luxury experience from Seoul to K-town. Though known for galbi, or marinated short ribs, the restaurant offers a variety of meats, including ribeye, thinly sliced brisket, and pork belly. Beyond the grill, the rest of the Korean menu is just as strong: Pair the acidic and mild pyeongyang naengmyeon, or chilled noodle soup in beef broth, prepared North Korean style, with sweet, savory galbi. Complete a meal with mookeunji samgeyopsal jjim, braised pork belly with aged kimchi.

37 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

11. Gaonnuri

1250 Broadway 39th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Gaonnuri offers a rooftop Korean barbecue experience with a Manhattan skyline city view. Located on the 39th floor of a non-descript building, Gaonnuri feels like walking into a unique penthouse that serves an excellent Korean menu. On top of their eight different meat options (available a la carte), ranging from marinated galbi to duck breast, diners can choose set menus that include a few different cuts of meat, a variety of banchan, salad, soybean paste stew, kimchi stew, and egg casserole. The restaurant also offers a vegetable BBQ platter and a small stone pot bibimbap for sides to supplement the barbecue experience.

1250 Broadway 39th Floor
New York, NY 10001

12. Jongro BBQ

2, 22 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Jongro is the most popular and mobbed Korean barbecue joints in Manhattan’s K-town. Perfect for pre- and post-night out fortification with friends, this place is crowded all the time with young people wanting for good and affordable meats in big portions. Fresh meat delivered daily and cut to order at the in-house butchery — plus an atmosphere that’s an homage to Korea in the ’80s with posters and snacks from the era — all add up to attracting homesick Koreans. Expect a wait of at least an hour at prime dinner times.

2, 22 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

13. Miss Korea BBQ

10 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

This once 24/7, three-floor Korean restaurant in the center of Manhattan’s K-town offers three barbecue sets: Longevity, Happiness, and Love. Each one comes with four different types of meat plus a choice of traditional Korean stew, and the rest of the menu features a variety of classic cuts and barbecue options like beef, chicken, seafood, pork, and vegetables. It even offers dak galbi (stir-fried chicken), which is a regional favorite in Korea. The hours of been adjusted during the pandemic, so check for latest details.

10 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

14. Hyun

10 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

This upscale Korean BBQ place specializes in only wagyu, showing off exceptional marbling meat. There’s no pork, and most of the nine wagyu options are served without any heavy marinade. Hyun’s sot bap, pre-cooked rice with different toppings, is also a must-get. The rice gets cooked in a cast iron, infused with luxe ingredients like sea urchin and truffles. 

10 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016

15. Love Korean BBQ

319 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

This restaurant offers Korean BBQ with a side of night club vibes. At Love Korean Barbecue there’s an eye-catching menu with names like succulent cow (soy-marinated short ribs) and noodz forever (japchae) — all set to the tunes of popular DJs . When it comes to meat offerings, its menu is standard but it leans heavier on beef than pork, including pork belly, galbi, bulgogi, hanger steak, and rib eye. But, Love Korean BBQ offer a few meat skewers as well as shrimp ones for those who are looking for extra meat.

319 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

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16. Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

1 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016
A dining room with wooden tables and grills in the middle and metal contraptions on the ceiling. Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong [Official]

Started as a famous chain restaurant in Korea, Baekjeong has brought its popularity to NYC and has become a hit within the restaurant industry. High-quality meats, with a wide variety of beef and pork cuts including pork skin, are on the menu alongside seasonally curated banchans, condiments, and a basket of lettuce. The grill is uniquely designed to cook eggs, vegetables, kimchi, and cheesy corn in the trenches encircling it beside the meat. Wait times can exceed an hour at prime dinner time.

1 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016

17. Gopchang Story BBQ

312 W 5th Ave 2nd floor, New York, NY 10001
A grill is packed with various meats. Adam Moussa/Eater

Grilling gopchang, the small intestines of cattle (or pig), has long been an essential part of Korean barbecue culture, but it often gets underrepresented outside of Korea. One of the first international outposts of a popular Korean chain, Gopchang Story brings the beauty of Korean offal meat to the center of K-town. It specializes in a variety of beef intestines, tripe, and even beef heart that gets sprinkled with “fairy dust,” a unique spice blend, as it gets charred and crispy on the induction grill. Besides grilled intestine, the beef intestine casserole — a spicy mix of ox intestines, tripe, beef, and vegetables — is an absolute stand out.

312 W 5th Ave 2nd floor
New York, NY 10001

18. Dons Bogam

17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

Dons Bogam is not only a Korean barbecue restaurant but also a stellar wine bar. The restaurant features an extensive list of drinks, including over 50 kinds of wine, 15 varieties of sake, and of course, soju and other Korean liquors. The food side is fairly traditional — including kimchi stew and silken tofu soup, and lots of types of meat, from short ribs to pork belly — but a more modern option is pork belly marinated in Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a must-try item, combining elements of the restaurant’s wine and barbecue sides.

17 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016

19. Let's Meat BBQ

307 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

Let’s Meat is the first all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant in Manhattan, offering 16 different meat options for under $40. It’s a considerably more affordable deal, compared to other Korean BBQ spots in the same neighborhood that can easily go well over $100. With a few extra dollars, diners get more expansive options, including gopchang, beef small intestines, spicy squid, strip steak, marinated shrimp, and more. The restaurant also grills on a cast iron lid, called a gamasot, which creates a deeply-charred and crispy crust on meat that can’t be replicated on any other grills.

307 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

20. Sik Gaek

49-11 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside, NY 11377

Sik Gaek’s atmosphere is as unique as its menu; it’s a place where people drink lots of watermelon soju and party all night to crazy loud K-pop music fueled on by Korean barbecue. Besides traditional barbecue cuts like pork belly and galbi, there’s duck meat and a variety of fresh seafood, including abalone and lobster, on the grill. Those more adventurous can experience live octopus, freshly killed and chopped in bite-size pieces lightly dressed with sesame oil and salt, that is still moving on the plate.

49-11 Roosevelt Ave
Woodside, NY 11377

21. Cote Korean Steakhouse

16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Cote snagged a Michelin star in its first year by focusing on the source of its ingredients, especially the beef. As the restaurant proudly displays in a dry-aging room downstairs, Cote positions itself as a high-end, self-grill steakhouse rather than the more casual barbecue spots clustered a few blocks uptown. And indeed, high ceilings, dim lighting, and unique smokeless grills on each table separate Cote from K-town joints. The butcher’s feast, its signature barbecue menu, is priced at $54 per person with a full meal of four cuts of meat, banchan, salads, egg souffle, two stews, and soft serve. Don’t skip the cocktails or varied wine list.

16 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010

22. The Woo

206 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Soho isn’t known as a destination for Korean BBQ, so The Woo is a welcoming addition to its dining scene. In its grand three-story venue, the restaurant feels like a slightly upscale version of other Korean barbecue establishments sporting a traditional menu. Diners can enjoy a variety of popular Korean dishes, from a nice selection of soups, such as kalbi tang (beef short ribs soup) and sam gye tang (herbaceous chicken soup with ginseng and jujube), to Korean fried chicken and dumplings. There are 15 options for barbecue, which comes with a spread of rice, kimchi, pickled shredded daikon, and a sesame broccoli and green salad with sweet red chili vinaigrette. There are non-red meat options like shiitake mushrooms, vegetables, and salmon.

206 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

23. Gunbae Tribeca

67 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007

Well outside the confines of Koreatown, buzzy, casual Gunbae offers a Korean barbecue experience with both traditional (10 different kinds of bibimbap plus Korean stews) and unexpected (dry-aged ribeye and filet mignon) food and cuts of meat to grill. Following the feast, private karaoke rooms beckon diners downstairs for the full Korean experience without trekking to uptown K-town.

67 Murray Street
New York, NY 10007

24. Dokebi Bar and Grill

199 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Dokebi delivers a clean beef flavor — the meat here sits in marinade for just two minutes, in comparison to traditional marinade, which takes as long as 24 hours. There are 10 different barbecue options, including vegetables, tuna, and shrimp. Each order comes with signature purple multigrain rice and banchan, and most of the barbecue orders can be made spicy upon request.

199 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

25. Insa Korean BBQ & Karaoke

328 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
A plate of Insa’s blood sausage Khushbu Shah/Eater

Opened by the team behind Red Hook’s the Good Fork, Insa is an all-around Korean barbecue restaurant and karaoke lounge in Brooklyn. There are 10 different barbecue choices — including galbi, 28-day dry-aged ribeye, pork belly, and pork jowl — and with each order, there are more than a dozen banchan and abundance of greens for wraps, including Korean perilla leaves. The ultimate Korean night out can all be had at this venue: Start at Insa’s tiki bar with a retro cocktail, move to the table and grill some galbi and pork belly with side orders of soondae, or housemade Korean blood sausage, and soondubu, spicy silken tofu stew, and finish the night at its karaoke with more soju.

328 Douglass St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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