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107 First Ave. (E. Seventh St.) Send to Phone
Classic Korean in a chic East Village setting.

Dinner nightly
Open late

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bonjoo Korean Restaurant Review

: Who knew Korean food could be so cool? At the clubby Bonjoo Korean it certainly is. The aesthetic is a jumble of Asian and New York styles, right down to the Zen rock garden and pulsating pop tunes on the stereo. The food, however, is more traditional (beyond the selection of soju martinis), and includes straightforward takes on many classic dishes. Appetizers are listed as “Korean Tapas” and if you want a lighter meal, this is the way to go. The crunchy scallion pancakes are shaped like pizzas and delicate mandoo dumplings, filled with pork or vegetables, are velvety delights. Also represented is the Korean staple, bibimbap. Served tableside with beef, tofu or even eel in a sizzling crock pot filled with rice, pickled vegetables and egg and topped with Korean chili pepper paste, it is hearty and spicy enough to bring a tear to your eye. Along with the charcoal-grilled short ribs and the battered and deep-fried chicken (made fresh, it takes 25 minutes to prepare), the food here is fit to feed half of Seoul.
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