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Kristalbelli Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kristalbelli.com
  • Email: contact@kristalbelli.com
  • Phone: (212) 290-2211
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:30PM
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
    *Lunch delivery hour 11:00AM-3:00PM
    *Lounge open late
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Korean, Asian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Kristalbelli restaurant can accommodate parties according your needs.
    We offer two private rooms and lounge buy-out or even the entire restaurant; Room K has a capacity of 34 people in seats with AV system on the second floor. We have a small private party room, Room B, holding up to 18 people on the first floor. Kristal lounge can hold up to 50 guests cocktail.
    The entire restaurant is also available for buyouts for up to 100 people sitting and 150 cocktail.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th and 6th Ave.
  • Public Transit: ::SUBWAY::
    B, D, F, M, N, Q, R - 34th st. Herald Sq.
    6 - 33rd St.
    7 - 42nd St. Time Sq.
    M1, M2, M3, M4, M16, M34, Q32
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking is available with muni-meter. Discount Parking is also available at Meyers Parking NYC, 9 W 35th St.
A word from Kristalbelli
With the rapidly growing popularity of Kpop around the world, the most successful entertainment mogul in Asia, JY Park has taken Korean barbecue/lounge upscale and hip, anticipating to make it the place where entertainment meets exquisite dining.

At the heart of the concept is a custom-grill made of a crystal placed on the belly of the ancient-tale character with infrared heat that will produce higher temperatures than charcoal or gas grills. Downdraft machines are promised to eliminate smoke so you don't go home smelling like grilled meat; chef Kay promises finest ingredients ranging from rib eye and pork belly to scallops to market vegetables. A separate lounge menu serves small plates.

The bi-level venue has private rooms specially intended for any type or size of private events.
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Diner Reviews
  • "If you have not tried Korean food. Try it here. It is a classy place with all the great Korean favorites with the best ingredients. The service is attentive and well coordinated. There is a bar/club upstairs. Would highly recommend. Worth the price and effort to go out of the Koreatown area of Manhattan."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Bulgogi delicious, probably our favorite. A smaller but IMO better-curated spread of small appetizers than the usual K-town offerings. The premium Wagyu was indeed beautiful meat and delicious with the salt dip, but not so radically better than dry-aged to be worth the premium in this context. The pieces were left challengingly large & chewy, and the one knife left table side was bizarrely dull. Skip the pork belly, it just doesn't really work on the grill. The desserts (popcorn ice cream and matcha affogato) we're both spectacular. Also the apple cocktail was terrific. Overall, just a wonderful and upscale version of the KBBQ experience, and a really good restaurant period."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Creative menu, attentive service, a neighborhood gem. A keeper."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had a nice dinner here, decided to try the "upscale Korean" experience. Food was very good, panjun were decent (got extra kimchi which was nice), my spouse had the tofu bibimbap in the crystal bowl and enjoyed it very much (sans the crunchy part that develops in stone bowls which is the only downside.) I had the marinated kalbi which was tender and juicy. We had nice cocktails and then some plum wine. Overall a nice experience. Not sure where it will fit in with the cravin' for Korean munchies that K-town satisfies versus the need for a classy dining experience. It sits in between both which will either be a unique niche or a failed experiment. We were happy but I'm not sure when we'll be going back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Another incredible dinner at Kristalbelli. The meat, especially the dry aged beef, is second-to-none. We had a big group this time and managed to try more of the appetizers, including the bossam buns, dumplings, spring rolls - all superb, as are the banchan and japchae. The popcorn ice cream is out of this world delicious. Dan is a fantastic manager and really looked after our group. Love the bar upstairs too."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I've been to pretty much every korean restaurant in Manhattan, and Kristalbelli is hands down my favorite. Great quality ingredients, for both meat-lovers (including wagyu beef) and vegetarians. Also no BBQ smell. The front of house staff (reservationist/hostess, waiters, servers, etc) is extremely friendly, attentive and knowledgable, and really pamper you throughout the entire experience. Excellent wine list. Modern decor, great for casual meals and occasions."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Kristalbelli's sleek exterior is a very pleasant surprise. I visited for lunch and tried the prix fixe lunch and beverage paiiring, I told my server , Paul, that I was atending a matinee performance and asked I had sufficient time to enjoy the meal and pairings. He assured me that I did. Paul shared historical information about the food selections and offered suggestions and tips about how to assemble the wonderfully presented dishes. The bathroom is clean and features sleek features. I plan to visit again and explore other items on the menu."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is a good date place if you are not afraid of eating with chopsticks. Food is cooked right on a quartz slab in the middle of the table. Unlike other Korean BBQ places it is a lot less smoky. The tables are very wide so you sit quite far apart but the food makes for good conversation. Not ideal for vegetarians."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "nothing to complain about. Food was delicious, service was high-class and great drinks menu"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent and we were accommodated very well."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "It was a nice experience. Food was delicious and the waiters were courteous. It got a little crowded towards the end and the service got a little slow. Otherwise, I would recommend and go back to this restaurant. It was an amazing experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This is about as far as Korean food can go!! We had the restaurant week prix fixe, four people, three courses, all food we had never had, and we tried to sample all. Our waiter was very helpful in guiding us. Each course was prepared with infinite care and the greatest refinement. The portions were just right. Who could believe the precision of making five perfect vegetable julienne for mini-crepes. The steaks were perfectly succulent. The bread pudding such as never seen before. So good. Also the popcorn ice cream. Bravo"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Outstanding and creative take on Korean food with outstanding service in really nice modern surroundings. Nice variations on some usual dishes coupled with some new and interesting items. Also excellent desserts. They did not stint on Restaurant Week portions and had a menu with excellent selections."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "From the minute i stepped into Kristalbeli i realized i had stumbled across a gem.. Without saying a word i was greeted by the host by name (still trying to figure out how they knew). My girlfriend and I were led to a wonderfully lit dining room with Budda grills built into the table. The wait staff was top notch, appearing out of nowhere moments before we realized we needed them. Every member of the staff had a smile, and treated us as if we were visiting dignitaries Upon receipt of each dish our waiter walked us through the components of the dish and offered up tips on the cuisine. Every dish was amazing but of special note was the dessert, caramel popcorn ice cream with Korean Salt on the side - goodness personified. Will be back soon"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Came here with my boyfriend yesterday for restaurant week. It was a pleasant experience. We shared the entree which was wagyu beef and dry aged rib eye both were great. The one thing they could have done better was given us hot plates because when they took the pieces of meet off the grill and put it onto our plates, it caused it to get cold easily which was a pity. Other than that the staff was awesome. Everyone was very professional, well dressed, and friendly. My boyfriend dropped one of his chopsticks on the ground at the beginning and said "Wow, I didn't even have to ask for another one, they immediately came over to pick it up and get me a new pair". I think that says a lot about a place."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "choices were fun, not boring. Korean bar b que was excellent. service was gracious"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I've visited 4 restaurants so far this RW and Kristalbelli was my favorite!! I feel they had a RW menu that was really representative of the restaurant (not a pale, cheaper imitation of the regular menu). The bulgogi was really delicious and the popcorn ice cream was definitely the best dessert I've had in a long time."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Food was excellent and our waiter told us what everything was exactly and where it came from which really enhanced the dining experience"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant week menu. With good choices including sumptuous dessert which is most unKorean. This is nouvelle Korean food with a twist."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Staff was very attentive. Definitely will be going there again. It's a must try"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Came here for Restaurant week and think it was worth every penny. We each had a huge ribeye steak grilled to perfection. The condiments were very tasty as well. Servers were very professional. Upon entering, it sets a very sexy & trendy ambiance. I would recommend this place to those going on a date or a girls night out (not so much for children). One of the best part of this Korean restaurant is that they have a hidden smokeless vent so as your food is being grilled in front of you, you won't leave smelling like grease."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "One of the best meals we've had in New York. Food was excellent and service was outstanding. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I went during restaurant week. Their selection is delicious and portion is the same as regular menu. The barbecue steaks were cooked just right on the table grill paired with their house mustard sauce and special salt from Korea. The best part is not smelling like Korean barbecue when I walked out. The service was also top notch! I will be returning and already recommended them to friends."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Kristalbelli was a great dining experience. The service was fast and attentive from the hostess to the waiter, it was a great atmosphere. The food is also delicious!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had so much fun at Kristalbelli and loved the food, the ambience, the waiter, and the potato salad! This Korean restaurant boasts traditional dishes and the waiter explained each one as he brought it, and explained how to eat combinations for the ultimate taste experience. He even explained where the ingredients came from and why they were important to have with the dish. I couldn't possibly spell or pronounce the dishes to recommend, but between us, we had a large variety of them, and everything was delicious. And the potato salad...Just a dollop of what looked like mashed potatoes, but was the most heavenly concoction of ingredients you could imagine that could be called potato salad. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week lunch and everything was delicious and we were especially impressed by the generous portions. Excellent service as well."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I absolutely loved this restaurant. The hostess, the wait staff, everyone was so polite and kind. The decor was gorgeous, the restaurant was very clean and well kept. The best part was obviously the food. It was delicate, delicious, incredibly flavorful and so fresh. I will definitely be back for more!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Tuna appetizer, bulgogi, and bread pudding were all absolutely delicious! I love the decor of the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Went here for Restaurant Week dinner. I had an excellent experience. The food was great and filling. I had the tuna appetizer, wagyu beef entree and the popcorn ice cream. There was a bit of time between the appetizer and entree, which I didn't really notice, but they gave me a complimentary glass of Moscato. They also offered a complimentary red wine to go with the steak. Service was attentive and very friendly. The place was elegant and modern. I will definitely come back."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The food in general was very good but the Premium Galbi Bbq was excellent. Worth every penny for the entire cristal BBQ which was a first for me."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Loved this place as soon as I walked in. The food and service are just amazing. This place is different from any restaurant I have ever been to. I want to eat here everyday."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A wonderfully tucked away gem in a neighborhood lacking options. Fantastic service and amazing Korean food, a step up from your regular K-town ambiance. Ingredients are amazingly fresh and the staff is friendly and attentive. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice lunch with a colleague, friend, or client. Have not been for dinner, but plan on doing so soon."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Not too much variety of dishes on the menu but whatever they make is absolutely delicious. I recommend to ditch the soup/stew and try different type of appetizers. They are ALL good. Also, you can't go wrong with their rib eye or filet mignon or kalbi. However, I didn't notice much difference having my meat cooked on top of crystall glass versus stainless steel. I'd definitely go back..."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Came for dinner during a blizzard and was one of only two table in the place. Contemporary take on Korean food. Much smaller than typical portions for the cuisine, and we wished they had more banchan, but the quality of food was good and the new take on traditional Korean dishes worked for most. The bibimbap and kimchee stew were highlights. Made the mistake of ordering the plain kalbi, which was rather plain, and next time would get the marinated. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Decor is on the refined side of loungey."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Kristalbelli is unique, modern Korean cuisine. The food was delicious, the restaurant was immaculate and beautiful. The service was outstanding."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "A beautiful, quiet restaurant with attentive, professional service. The food was very fresh and high quality. Would love to dine again there soon."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "food was just ok ktown is close by not my #1 choice for korean bbq"
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "Nice people. They will help you select foods. Food is just rather strange, but not in a way where you will return, just strange (and I've had a lot of Korean, Chinese and Japanese food)"
    Dined on 9/9/2013
  • "Handheld...so short comments. Lots of original, delicately balanced offering with strong Korean base from which KB launches a delightful array of flavors...which made me wish I had ordered more. Need I say more?"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We had an excellent experience--started a little slow in the bar, where the bartender clearly needed some help, but once we were seated at the table, everything was very nicely paced. The crystal grill in the middle of the table was very interesting and everything on it came out great. The only drawback was that it made the table wider than normal so conversation was somewhat more difficult. Our watier was very friendly and helpful with suggestions. Definately save some room for the popcorn caramel ice cream dessert."
    Dined on 12/11/2013