Bann Restaurant
Bann Restaurant

Bann Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bannrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2125824446x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday- Thursday: 12:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm- 10:30pm
    (Lunch Monday-Friday 12:00-3:00pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Korean, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Eleazar Martinez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Bann can provide numerous options for private events for small & large parties. The separated lounge & dining area make it an ideal setting for cocktail receptions as well as formal dinners.

    Bann's location in Midtown makes it a convenient space for hosting corporate parties.
  • Private Party Contact: David Oh 2125824446x
  • Special Events: We specialize in private events ranging from small group dinners to sit down formal dining. Whatever your event we look forward to working with you to create a successful and memorable occasion. For spacing options please contact the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th & 9th Ave
  • Public Transit: 1 to 50th street, C E to 50th street, R to 49th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Outdoor & indoor parking available on 50th street
A word from Bann Restaurant
From the same team that brought you Woo Lae Oak in Soho & Los Angeles, Bann is a unique, interactive dining experience featuring authentic Korean cuisine with a modern flair.

Unleash your inner chef at Bann and add an element of sizzle to your next evening out! Choose from a variety of authentic Korean barbecues prepared in our signature marinade, including beef short rib and thinly sliced rib eye, all cooked to perfection at your own smokeless tabletop grill. Or dine on traditional favorites like the black cod simmered in a spicy garlic soy reduction. For the adventurous diner, Bann creates a sharing & tasting experience to take you and your companions on a culinary tour of Korea.
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Bann Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (76)fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (53)special occasion (50)romantic (34)great for lunch (29)hot spot (18)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (12)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (7)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Korean Barbecue Perfect Pre-Theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Hard to find Korean barbecue in Connecticut, so when we happened to be coming in for a play we took a chance and booked an early dinner here. While the appetizers were genuine and tasty, the real star is the broad range of choices for cook it yourself barbecue. We opted for the large mixed platter, which came with perfectly seasoned and sliced variety of meats, seafood, vegetables, and of course garlic paste and lettuce wraps, and three kimchi's. We proceeded to enjoy the next hour grilling various choices and wrapping them up; a very casual, social, and pleasant way to dine. Pleasant bonuses were the variety of drinks - including a quality "100 year wine" and soju lemonade, and even bigger surprise were the delicious desserts -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but not exciting
    EtarreVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Visited because of a Living Social deal. Service was attentive, friendly, and quick. Cocktails were good, and they have some good happy hour specials if you sit at the bar. Overall, though, the food was just OK. I've had a lot of Korean BBQ in K-town, and it's much better overall-- more banchan (which is my favorite part) and better variety. The one nice option you have at Bann that you don't usually have at the K-town places is a bigger variety of meats-- we got duck breast which was delicious and not widely available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice theatre spot
    RangerMike
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was tasty although one dish came out non vegetarian, big oops but they took it off the bill. "Baked" tofu is actually fried, another big oops. BBQ too much work :) Cod was tremendous as was Bi Mi Bop and house salad - who ever raves about house salad dressing? Had a noodle dish app and a pork belly app both very good Good size portions for Manhattan. Price was right - Overall good experience
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Absolutely love coming to Bann. This was my family's second visit, returning after such a great food experience when they visited last year. The service is great - always friendly and attentive. Food is delicious and the DIY barbecue makes the meal intimate and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sunshineVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A good spot to try Korean food although there should be more of a balance between dishes with spicy and non-spicy sauces or at least you should be able to get modified heat. A lovely atmosphere with refined service and generous portions at pretty fair prices. Try it!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Korean BBQ in Midtown West
    fitfoodiewestVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Not the same experience as K-town eats but pretty darn good BBQ! Very tasty and while it's gonna be a bit pricier, it satisfies. Get the BBQ platter.. Great per every 2 diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent authentic experience
    BonVivant
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The wait staff is EXTREMELY helpful, not hesitating to explain what things are, and willing to bring a sample. The feed is impeccibly cooked and elegantly served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My dining experience at Bann.
    Prophet1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My sister and I arrived at the restaurant by our reservation time. We were greeting by the stunningly dressed maitre d who seated us. I spoke Hanguel (Korean Language) and she was delighted. Our food was excellent, our waiter was excellent, and everything was quite excellent overall. I would recommend this restaurant to groups, friends, enemies (of which I have none). This was my 2nd visit to Bann. I invited a friend to go with me and we had an excellent time as well. I love Bann Restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but average service
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was excellent with in-your-table grilling. Food arrived within minutes after ordering (which makes sense since we're doing the cooking). But the service was absent with few check-ins and no refreshing of our drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Korean Barbecue
    Liketodineout
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    You won't go wrong at Bann. Specializing in tabletop grilled Korean barbecue, Bann's meat and fish were fresh and delicious, the accompanying sides were very tasty and the house salad dressing so special you'll want to buy some to take home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    luvfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Me and my party absolutely loved this restaurant and WILL be returning and have already recommended this place to family and friends. ..keep up the great work
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Maybe the negative reviews about the service was because it was restaurant week, but we had a fantastic dinner here the other night with a party of 8, adults and kids. The service was quick and pleasant, and the food came out lightning fast. All of the food was delicious - the japchae was the best my sisters and I ever had! (and we're Korean!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    adancer
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The service was great and the food was delicious! I would say at least try it once!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • doxboxVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great food. Could use an interior makeover. Odd bathrooms.
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  • A Truly Great Dining Experience!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was excellent, the waiters were very friendly and helpful. The service was fast, and the meal portions were very satisfying. Overall it was an excellent dining experience. I would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Korean food
    Eric
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very good food. Menu is nice and had variety. Awesome for restaurant week. Good size portions and nice cocktail list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week- great!
    Zing
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went here for restaurant week dinner- great time, great food! Some of my party were running late, so we enjoyed $5 Happy hour. Cocktails not strong, but tasty for 5 bucks. When the party was in full they seated us quickly. Not necessarily the friendliest service, but attentive. Food- yummy! Great portion for restaurant week! didn't feel cheated at all, which sometime you do some places for RW. We ordered an extra seafood pancake which was tasty, not too oily like it can be.We all had BBQ although In hindsight we should have each ordered a diff meat, since it was so much for each person. Could have given more variety of the sidedishs(banchan?), only 3 given, but we did have leftover meat and rice. Will def return for regular menu!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little bit disappointed
    healing80
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I brought my friends who tried Korean food for the first time. We ordered Korean BBQ, which is great, but service was poor. Food servers just take out our dishes which we even did not finish. also, when they put our food on tables, they kind of threw dishes on the table. One important error of BBQ here is that they did not give tones to handle meats. I should use chopsticks, which is not convenient to grill meats. What if your customors are not able to use chopsticks at all? Even I am very familiar with using chopstick, it was not easy to flip meats on the grill. What a laborious work is.... In addition, it is not easy to check if meats were ready to eat because the place was so dark.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Korean BBQ beef was the best meat I've had in a while
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Want it to be better
    JanesterVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went for lunch during Restaurant Week. The atmosphere at Bann is spare and elegant, the waiters are charming and cheerful. The noise level -- at least in the afternoon -- is merciful. My spicy chicken wing appetizer was very good but not spectacular. The main courses were another matter. While the portions were copious, the overall effect was surprisingly bland. My friend put her seafood noodle dish aside after several bites, and declared it fairly devoid of taste. My Bann noodle dish had the promised taste of sesame and soy, there was not much more to say about it, other than that the beef was slightly tough. This is a lovely restaurant, close enough for B'way shows. If only the food could be more exciting, it could be a mecca!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great theater district option!
    manhattanyoginiVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The menu was full of options, and as a lover of Asian foods, I have seen a lot of menus. App and entree presentation was wonderful, and the place was not full of tourists. Could tell by the orders around me that diners were well-aware of Korean food choices. Service was great, and we would def come back. Just out of the way of the horrid Theater Dist food options, but close enough to do pre or post-theater with reservations. Good find (look for them during Restaurant Week - great value).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    CoffeeGem
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was amazing and plentiful. I would not expect so much food during restaurant week, but based on the servings and the amazing service we got, we will definitely be returning once restaurant week is over.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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  • Lousy Waiter
    j2mdVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We arrived on time with a party of 6, then waited over 40 minutes to get anything more than water while a neighboring table of 4 women (who arrived after we did) and another table on the other side of us were served course after course. When I complained, the waiter blamed it on the kitchen. (I suspect our order never made it there, and the servers who finally arrived with the food were obviously not given chair numbers, since they had no idea who had ordered what.). Eventually we were offered a free bottle of overpriced wine as compensation. (Twice what it costs at the liquor store is okay. Three or more times is definitely not.) A pity because the food was generally very good. Even desserts (except for dry carrot cake.)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunnya305
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The bbq was amazing and the short beef rib bun was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highlight of Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Usually a Resturant Week menu is quite minute compared to the normal menu, not here. The portions for Korean BBQ were GREAT. I am looking forward to dining here in the future. Love the location. Great place for a dinner date or group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Sprout8893
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went here for restaurant week. Food was great! Service was ok. Restaurant week menu is well worth it. We pick three different appetizers and all did a Korean BBQ item. Well worth it and recommended! Great happy hour also!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude Matre'd
    GemmaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've been here several times and the last time I was here, the matre'd with thick rim glasses and colorful trousers was obnoxiously rude, not only did he walk by all the tables staring at every single table and item on the table like a communist dictator, but he rudely and hastily cleared like our table all while knocking his tray on my head. I turned twice to see what was that hitting my head and I realized it was his tray. He proceeded to give me the Kim Jong Il look of distain, and wasn't even apologetic about it. In America, its called "sorry", I guess this dictator has his own agenda. The rest of the staff were very helpful and kind, and the food is amazing, the only downside is bypassing the matre'd to get to a pleasant meal.
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  • Great evening with Book of Mormon
    foolforfood
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Stopped by here for an early bite before seeing Book of Mormon, which is a block away. Restaurant Week menu was an added plus. Crepes with leek and crab were awesome. Loved the Korean Bar-b-q. Waiter gave great instructions on how to cook it. Great spot for a pre-theater dinner.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service horrible
    spafford
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Apparently, if you're not a man or a tourist, you will not get service here. As two women eating for lunch, we were totally ignored by service staff, who were rude. The menu looked pricey, after I finally found one on my own.
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    special occasion
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  • Overpriced mediocrity
    JGJG
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Mixed results on the food: two orders of pretty decent BBQ, one of the dae ji kalbi entree that was pretty good, and another seafood entree that was distinctly mediocre. Service over two visits varied from inattentive to obnoxious. Overall, the prices are considerably high for this level of food quality, let alone service.
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  • Excellent
    DannyVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This was only the second time I've eaten Korean food and the waiter took us through the menu and made great suggestions. I'll definitely be back for more soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jderwin26VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My fiance and I had a great time at Bann Restaurant!! The food was delicious and plentiful! We each ordered BBQ entrees and split two appetizers. By the end of the meal, I was completely stuffed. I had never cooked my own food at the table and that was a fun, unexpected surprise. I highly recommend eating here.
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    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and enjoyable
    rcwestchester
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Came here on recommendation of friend. Had a great meal, service was attentive, and we enjoyed grilling our own meals at the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    FoodLover
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My boyfriend and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary at Bann and I could not be happier with our experience. We were seated promptly, our drink order was filled in a very quick manner, and all of our food came out at the perfect time. We never had to search for our waiter because he was always readily available and very attentive. The atmosphere was chic and modern, and the BBQ was outstanding. We will definitely return for another noteworthy meal and will recommend Bann to all of our friends and family. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • icy and noisy
    lorenz
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was terrific but...the frozen air conditioner directly on your neck and the high level of noise that you cannot hear a word of your friends at the table male this place a nightmare dinner
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  • Fun Group Outing
    EatHealthy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Get good Korean food, without having to go to K-Town. Service was good. Wide selection of BBQ choices. Selection of small dishes not as many as would be in K-Town but still worth the trip.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love!!
    Love2dine
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It was an interesting experience for my girlfriend and I. It was a surprise dinner cause I remembered her mentioning she wanted to try Korean BBQ. She enjoyed it and I got to open up my taste buds to flavorful good. Would def go here again!! Ps. Ambiance was beautiful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We ate there during restaurant week and regretted getting the set meal for restaurant week. The meat for the bulgogi was tough it does not look like the usual bee that you get during regular times. The fish that my friend ordered was dark it look like it was heavily coated in soy sauce and starch. I have been to this restaurant before and I thought that it was decent before. All the good that evening just did not taste right.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A "Bon" for Bann
    Foodwalker
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Our dining experience was good -- not great, but good. We expected a bit more authenticity in the food; especially seeing the menu (we ordered from the regular menu). From the apps (ex: mandu dumplings, which had little of the Korean flavors we were seeking, though they were nevertheless very tasty) through the shared main, it all seemed a bit "tamed" for the Western palate and therefore a little lackluster. This is not to say the food was bad -- it was very tasty and nicely prepared -- so in the world of Korean dining in America it was good. But from the people who brought us Woo Lea Oak from years gone by, I expected it to WOW us with Korean flavors and authenticity. It missed the mark there, though we still had an enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Came here for Restaurant Week for dinner and was seated immediately. The servers were very attentive, filling our water glasses before they were even half empty and often checking on us to see if we were doing well. The waiter answered all of our questions and even gave suggestions of what was good. Quick service. Cooked our own food which was a great experience for a first time but next time I will let them cook it because it took rather long. The portions are a good size and for the Korean BBQ the sides seem endless. If you run out of something they will bring you more. I liked the ambiance and the decor. Would definitely come back to try their happy hour. Cute little spot in Midtown for Date Night, Girls Night Out or Family Dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet