Great Find! Will Go Back!
Two of us were there for lunch. Their bento boxes were great. Generous portions even for lunch. Marinated grilled short rib was delicious: well balanced taste. They even served pickled thinly sliced radish and some salads so we could make wraps with the rib meat. Soft tofu soup had soft tofu and broth was flavourful. The wait staff was very accommodating. I'll go back with friends & colleagues for dinner next time for sure.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Came here for my birthday dinner with friends and it was great! what we originally wanted to order galbi but they ran out that day and gave suggestion for something else with the same price it was amazing ! and they gave us service for running out of galbi so it wasn't all too bad! would go here again!
10/5/2012 12:00:00 AM
My second time at Kristalbelli,
My second time at Kristalbelli, took some friends with us this time and we all loved it.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Elegant Korean BBQ off Fifth Avenue
This restaurant was reccomended to me by a Korean friend,Won Jo and Kristalbelli were her two picks.We thought we would go to WonJo but when we got there the line was out the door.Luckily I had made a back up reservation at Krista, so we ran up the block.
The hostess was lovely, so polite,the restaurant was beautiful and very very clean elegant and modern with out being cold.
I thought the place was really well designed, I loved our banquette and the unique glass grill in the center of the table.
Our server was a delight and so helpful,kind and handsome.My favorite dishes were the seafood pancakes and the whole NY Strip. Outstanding side dishes,the BimBamBop with meat was terrific. This place was great but the bar drinks were bad.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food, and great service!
Good food, and great service! Overall, satisfied :)
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Korean BBQ In Town
I had an Urban Daddy coupon for Kristalbelli. It included a bottle of soji and a wagyu beef tasting menu. My fiance and I started at the bar where we ordered some fabulous wine from their notable list and a special tuna roll. Delicious. Then we went downstairs for the UD menu which included an appetizer (crispy chicken and rice cakes) which was divine. We then had the included Wagyu strip steak, wagyu chuck tail, and wagyu filet mignon grilled on a crystal plate over a flame in the center of a buddha belly in the middle of our table. It came with several Korean sides and was absolutely the best steak I've had in the city - and I've been to many of the greats (Del Friscos, Ben & Jacks, Old Homestead, etc.). We will definitely go back!
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Staff courteously called to
Staff courteously called to notify us of the kitchen closing when I modified the reservation when running late. Bernard was very patient in explaining, and re-explaining at times, the various menu items. Food was delicious!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was awesome and so
The food was awesome and so was the service. I had an urban daddy perk and the first course was sushi (my boyfriend loved it) but i cOuld not eat it because I'm pregnant so the waiter for me something else. The main course was delicious and the waiter explained everything.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was my second time at the restaurant and everything was exceptional yet again. The first was just my fiance and I - this time we brought some friends. The Wagyu filet mignon is in my opinion the best in the city. The Korean sides are always new and fresh, the appetizers delectable and the dessert - which we had for the first time - was superb! It was a cinnamon pancake of sorts w/berries and ice cream and mochi on the side. Yum! Would go back again and again.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food combined with
Excellent food combined with an outstanding friendliness of staff
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went for lunch with a Korean
Went for lunch with a Korean friend who ordered, so don't really know exactly what I ate. Beef marinated in something, could be moister; pork belly dish was v. good, glass noodles were delicious. Overall, very tasty, lovely, patient service, nice, upscale contemporary decor. The bbq was not on offer at lunch, so would be interested in trying out dinner.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious and interesting
Delicious and interesting food. The BBQ beef was excellent. The bartenders' choice cocktails were amazing-you tell him your preferences and he makes an interesting, original and delicious cocktail. All of us at the table who tried it loved their cocktail.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place! First rate
Love this place! First rate service and food was exquisite.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique grill and good servicw but..
i felt yangnyum galbi, marinated galbi, was customized to locals so little bit salty and sweet for me.
Yuzu makgeoli was so delicious and waiter was kind.
Sundubu and banchan, side dishes, were wonderful. I will definitely come back here again.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Quality and Service
I went here with my boyfriend for an early dinner (5 pm) on a Saturday, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. You could easily pass the restaurant except for the beautiful wooden front door. Everyone was nice and attentive, from the hostess to the waiter to the busboys. We were here using an Urban Daddy perks certificate for a wagyu tasting menu. The quality of the food was absolutely excellent and our waiter Daniel was very informative, telling us about the cuts of meat, the crystal grill, and accompanying sauces and salt. I personally thought the meat was good enough on its own, although the special salt was a treat. Kristalbelli has a great vibe for lots of occasions but I regret going upstairs to check out the bar.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Modern Korean, Not Fusion, Great!
Modern versions of traditional Korean cuisine. They clearly take the time to ensure that dishes are well prepared. Standouts for us were the seafood pancake, ribeye steak, japchae, mool naengmyun. Everything was delicious. Flavors are true, and rich, even if sometimes tempered for urban NYC tastes. The service is excellent -- polite, quiet, not stuffy, and responsive. The room is clean and comfortable, modern without falling into silly starkness. I like everything about this place and will go back as often as I can!
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice inexpensice Korean Experience
Right in midtown
Give it a try. You won't be disappointed
Lunch for 2 = $30.00!!
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My mother was skeptical when
My mother was skeptical when I chose this restaurant as her 'welcome to new york' dinner, but the ambience and food won her over. We had the seafood pancake, shrimp dumplings, tuna tartar and the filet mignon barbecue, Scrumptious!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
High end hibachi
Excellent service and food at this just over a year old upscale Korean gem. New concept cooking on crystal smoke free hibachi.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went with friends and we all truly enjoyed our meal. The crystal grill meant no smoky smells. We shared a few apps, the filet mignon, shrimp and bi bim bop. Everything was delicious!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful mix of tastes
Danny took amazing care of us tonight and I was thrilled with the selection of favors, textures, & wines. He took extra time to explain how everything worked with the grill, why it was setup a particular way, and explained each side dish.
Danny even went out of his way to address a special requests regarding some off the menu item - they are definitely here to please.
I will be back & will recommend to my friends. Good Job! Keep up the work.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was amazing! Loved the food, and the service was impeccable. Would definitely go back again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Dining Experience!
The service we received was exceptional! Very friendly, took the time to explain everything, made recommendations. Food is cooked right at your table, and was done to perfection. This was the BEST rib eye I have ever tasted! Don't expect to get one huge slab of meat though-during the cooking it is cut into bite size pieces which were tender and juicy.
Because of a misunderstanding, we were actually served an extra entree, but decided to pay for it because it was delicious to share! It's confusing understand the sequence of serving, so we didn't even realize it until we had already eaten it!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service, great cocktails... We were all very happy after our experience here!!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but not special
Not much different than many Korean BBQ places in Manhattan but much more expensive.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing décor and delicious food made for a memorable and romantic evening. Can't wait to go back!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
You must have the Risotto
After I found this place I've been a few times and use it to impress clients. The food is amazing and the way they cook at the table is an experience. It's a little pricey, but its worth it if you have a group of 4 or 6 people.
The only tough part is usually only 1 of your servers speaks english, but it seems like a lot of people in the resteraunt speak Korean so I am assuming that makes this a bit more authentic.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious, Upscale Korean Food
Kristalbelli = Crystal belly, and those grills with the crystal surface really do seem to make a difference. Service was great -- knowledgeable and friendly (but not excessively so). We were there with a voucher, and it was a very good, worthwhile deal that had the desired effect: we will definitely go back again!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overpriced but great tasting
The Wagyu Filet is worth it. Stay away from the wine list, nothing of mention there.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch features a $19 steak salad soup package. The steak is cooked kn the kitchen, not on the unique bbq grill et each table. Nonethless, the food was tasty, tye service lovely, and overall something of a bargain.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Must Try At Least Once
Kristalbelli was a great restaurant to try - I would say the food was a little over priced for what you got, but it was good. More so, the bar upstairs is awesome! They have great music, bartenders are awesome and the ambiance is great. I would definitely go back there again.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
KBBQ Duck, Pork belly, Marinated Kalbi were outstanding! My Sojutini was equally tasty. I will definitely be back to book my b-day party :)
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came for some cocktails and bar snacks, and left with not a single bad word to say. The crab mac&cheese was delicious, the shrimp and fries were great too. My boyfriend and I ended up switching our cocktails because he preferred mine, but I would have enjoyed drinking all of them :o) The service was friendly, but not invasive, and the ambiance was nice (though we chose to come at a relatively quiet time).
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
NY Strip is a must. I never had such a juicy and tasty steak. It was made on a crystal plate that obviously did wonders.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came to Kristabelli during Restaurant Week and it was rather nice. The portions were slightly small but it was restaurant week so I figured that the prices would mean small portions but surprisingly enough, the meal was filling. The Bossam Bun was excellent in being spicy but not overwhelmingly spicy and the Ho-Teok with the ice cream was a great combination as we tried to figure out the flavor of the mysteriously delicious ice cream. The Korean BBQ was as expected, delicious. The atmosphere was great and I would go back again for Restaurant Week!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had wagyu filet mignon and ribeye which were the most delicious beef we had in NYC. The side dishes and accompaniments were also outstanding. The seafood pancake, however was good but ordinary. Overall, we walked away impressed and satisfied.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and really good service. Only negative thing I can recall was the noise level which was very high as it was very crowded.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a girl's weekend where I had friends visiting from out of town! Everyone loved this place! We ate 5 meals out, it was ranked #1 Korean restaurant! Will definitely go back!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
The restaurant was really nice and the service was good. I'm hoping to go again!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM