171 Grand Street, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.719581 -73.998170
Neighborhoods: Little Italy, Downtown
The name means "flower" at this Korean restaurant, which sprouts up between Little Italy and Chinatown. – In Short
A red and white mural across the back wall provides some visual pop at this Korean restaurant, but elsewhere it's the standard-issue slate floors and lacquered furniture. Made-from-scratch ramen and noodle dishes join 10 varieties of bibimbap on the menu, and traditional Korean stews come loaded with things like pork and kimchee, mandoo (dumplings) or codfish. In addition to the requisite green tea ice cream, tiramisu makes a nod to the restaurant's proximity to Little Italy.
Great Korean restaurant – When I don't have time to go to mid-town to enjoy Korean food, this is where I go. I go to this restaurant pretty often and all my Korean and non-Korean friends enjoy eating here. Only complaint I have is that they don't give you more than 3 "bahnchan" (side dishes) that Korean meals are known to have. Only restaurant I frequent other than this one is Hanbat on 35th street. This is one of few really good Korean restaurants in Manhattan. I highly recommend it. I also find the staff very helpful and friendly.
A Hidden Treasure – My friend took me to Li Hua for dinner after a shopping exertion at the nearby Bloomingdales in SOHO. To my surprise, we found a Korean Gem in Chinatown. The Stonepot Kalbi bi bim bap is delicious! The staff was friendly. The restaurant decor was pretty nice, clean and simple. Good for group dining with friends. Prices are reasonably cheap. Once you try it, you'll crave it again.
Best Korean food in NYC! – I am a native Korean and this is where to go when you miss authentic Korean food. I think the taste is the best in the city. They have this amazing infusion stove that cooks all their hot pot dishes that are excellent. The banchan could be improved but considering the price, you can't argue with that. The service is good and clean.
Great find outside of K-Town – Why does this restaurant have such a low overall rating? My wife and I just had an excellent dinner there. The food was great, and the service outstanding. Having eaten Korean food around the country for the past 15 years, this stacks up to the best of them. Very attractive, immaculate surroundings. The seafood/scallion pancake is a must, as is the three mushroom and zucchini rice dish.
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