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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Woo Lae Oak

148 Mercer St. (Prince & Houston Sts.) Send to Phone
212-925-8200
A sleek, sexy SoHo eatery serving up Korean specialties.

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Lunch & Dinner daily
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Woo Lae Oak Restaurant Review

: Authentic Korean outside of the 32nd Street Korean food mecca? This SoHo spot proves it so. The narrow dining room---a study in dark marble that makes anyone look hip---has huge square tables along one wall and a food bar overlooking the open kitchen on the other. Unlike the of-the-minute setting, the food is more or less traditional with a long menu of items for the tabletop barbecues and other staples like tender beef and kimchi dumplings; the classic scallion and seafood pancake, pa jun; and bibimbap. The black cod simmered in soy sauce is an earthy mélange of deep flavor. Other dishes include Dungeness crab and leek wrapped in spinach crêpes with a light mustard sauce, and flash fried calamari and assorted vegetables sautéed in a spicy honey chili glaze. Servers, dressed in black, tend to blend into the background making them hard to find. But, in all, dining here is a swank experience at a reasonable price.
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