GAONNURI

4.8
2756 Reviews
$50 and over
Korean
Korean Restaurant + BBQ | Penthouse Bar + Lounge

GAONNURI [gah-ohn-nu-ri]: The Center of the World

The name GAONNURI represents our placement in what we believe is the center of the world, both physically and figuratively. Located in the heart of New York City,
a city that represents the intersection of the finest cuisines and eclectic cultures, GAONNURI seeks to gather people of all backgrounds to share
in a traditional Korean dining experience. We hope that the authenticity of the food
and the enjoyment of the dining experience will invite patrons for generations to come.
Thank you for allowing us to invite and serve you in our own culinary center.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2756 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.9
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vipKimKlan
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Gaonnuri's service has declined significantly. Last year, I had brought a friend here for her birthday and asked if they could do something special for dessert to acknowledge the special occasion. They recommended that I bring the cake and candles and that they would serve it after dinner. Perfect. So this year, for another friend's birthday, I wanted to do the same thing but when I called to confirm the reservation and that I would be bringing a cake, the person on the phone told me that I didn't have to do that as they had an in-house pastry chef and that they could do something special for dessert. When I arrived early to remind the server of this, he looked dumbfounded and said they don't have a pastry chef. WHAT?? But he said he would bring out a dessert, write happy birthday and light a candle. Fine. After we finished our entrees and the table was cleared, a different server came to the table and asked us if we were interested in dessert? UGH. I told him that I had pre-ordered something and that he should check with the kitchen. The "special dessert" was this tiny, anemic looking dessert that looked so pathetic!! It was SO disappointing and I was really not happy. Honestly, it was embarrassing.

Gaonnuri's allure is supposedly the view (despite asking for a window table overlooking the Empire State Building, they gave a window table that faced the other direction!). The food was good, but there are better Korean restaurants that are less expensive. So at least the service could have added to the value of dining there. Nope. Their service was poor and it ruined a very special occasion. What a disappointing experience!!

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RashmiS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gaonnuri is a lovely, refined korean BBQ experience, the service is perfect, and the food is great. My only comment on the food is that the banchan is limited - a couple salads, cucumbers and potato salad. The meat is fantastic and there are a few options for vegetarians or lighter eaters. I think it's a great option to take parents or work dinners. And the view - chef's kiss!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and your staff very professional. Great overall experience. Your restaurant was the highlight of our visit to NY.

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matthewa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great Food. Great Location. We will definitely go back for dinner.

JY
JYoon
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had our mother’s day celebration and it was overall an amazing experience. Apparently it’s been around for 9 years and I had no idea!! I thought I was pretty well versed in NYC restaurants but i clearly missed this gem! What an amazing view, the friendly service and food, all great. i thought the price was very reasonable.
Thanks for the great time.

JP
JohnP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. Fantastic food, service and view!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Place looked good but food wasn’t rally tasty

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Michael
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Requesting a table by the window is hit and miss unless for 5-5:30.

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OKSANAS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Great food, atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

10 year anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, servers were cordial and tended to the table in a timely manner... best of all THE VIEW! Loved this place.

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TonyN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The restaurant was very good. So was the food . My only complaint was with the hostess. I had made the reservation for a table by a window. She very quickly informed me that those requests must be made weeks in advance. This was not mentioned on either their internet page or on Open Table. It was one of the servers who got us a table in the lower floor close to the windows. The hostess could not be bothered.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very tasty and very kind staff.
The view is amazing
We asked for a table by the window and it was just perfect

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VMEF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience. I came here with my boyfriend for his birthday, and the food and views were spectacular (we ordered the Gaon set and snickers bar). A bit loud but it wasn't too bad.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Everything was good and tasty. We were celebrating my elderly father’s birthday. They don’t have any dessert on the menu. I brought a cake with me. They had the nerve to charge me a cake fee of $5/person for the cake that I brought. We spent over $600 for the 7 of us. It would have been nice if they were more gracious about the cake.

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ElisaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional- from the hosts to the wait staff. All staff were masked and following protocols therefore we felt very comfortable with indoor dinning. The food and cocktails were also very delicious. To top it off- our corner table had an amazing view. I would definitely recommend for a special occasion dinner.

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MichaelF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Let’s start with the reservation. We used a round table and managed to get a same-day reservation. Upon arrival there was very little directions on the reservation email on how to enter the building and go up the elevator. We ended up entering the residential entrance and the security guard informed us that there is a separate entrance for the restaurant specifically. I wish there was a little more communication on the reservation email explaining how to enter. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a nice host that brought us to our window-side table with a view of Midtown.
Service was extremely quick every two minutes or so they were checking to see if we were ready to order. Some minor pressure to order the food. I went with the barbecue jumbo white shrimp. I also got the calamari salad. The calamari was excellent I definitely recommend the calamari salad for an appetizer. You can easily feed two or can be a minor entrée for one.
Our server recommended that the shrimp was cooked in the back kitchen. We took his recommendation. Once the shrimp arrived I was surprised with how it was cooked. It was extremely overcooked and DRY. We informed our server and she said she would have to go speak with the manager. We heard nothing for about five minutes and who I assumed was the manager showed up to our table and plopped down raw shrimp and walked away without saying one word to us. I was extremely disappointed with his service which is why I ended up giving it a four star review. Our servers were great but I was extremely surprised by the response of the overcooked shrimp and no communication when the replacement was brought to our table. It was not brought throughout the rest of the meal service, no apology or anything.
For the price of the food I was pleasantly surprised with how many sides came with the barbecue entrées. All around I would say for the price and the view you can’t beat it.

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NicoleR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Service was on point. Food was delicious. Ambiance was wonderful. Would go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food and experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very delicious and the service was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place, very tasty food, amazing views. The service was good, but there were a bit too attentive. Someone would come to ask if you’re ready to order, we said to give us a couple of minutes (we got there only a few minutes before) and 30 seconds later someone else would come with the same question. Then another one.... during the first 15 minutes we were approached at least 12-15 times by three different people about different things. A bit annoying. Otherwise really nice. Will come back.

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vipMarklfl
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Drinks are exceptional as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food was delicious and ambiance was very nice. Will go back!

EB
vipEarly4Bird
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really lovely night and the view of the skyline was fantastic!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks and the views are top notch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So lovely! Food was great! Everything was amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just spectacular. I and my wife was not expecting anything close to the service that we got. I will make sure to visit again whenever I am in New York and to tell all my friends about this wonderful restaurant.

SH
vipSumHungryGirl
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a new job with my boyfriend and parents! We had a delightful and fun experience at this restaurant. Food was great, interactive, and the ambiance was lively. 10/10 would go back.

SG
vipSaratogaGregg
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The view is also spectacular.

KR
KeishaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it everything was great, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

The Food and the view are good but the staff isn’t friendly at all. The background music was not grear

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and ambiance!

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TresannW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far worth every penny spent. The ambiance, staff and food was great. I love how certain meals are cooked in front of you even the fact that they added their twist to some of the dishes. My favorite; which is simple was the Shirley temple that I ordered which came with black cherry and black grenadine instead of red. I will be returning to this restaurant and will be recommending.

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vipAhmedK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We did not get a table with a view but had really great time with our friends. Foods were really good and one of our cocktails got replaced at our request while the others were great!

PM
PriscaMK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Amazing! Would definitely recommend and go back soon

CR
vipClaudiaR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply love Gaonnuri, always delicious and great service. The views are amazing too and a great extra to make a great experience.

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vipNYOrangecat
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They have wonderful view of midtown. May not be the best Korean BBQ for the price, but still a great place to take your friends especially if they are from out of town.

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anon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

I didn't like my server and the food wasn't that good for the price. but the skyline view was amazing. The appetizer was much better than the entrees and the choices were pretty limited.

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vipHenriv
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

For a special occasion this is an excellent place to go. The food was good, although the variety of side dishes was limited. Service was good

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vipHungryjack151
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great hospitality with a beautiful view and well executed Korean fare.

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GAONNURI is rated 4.8 stars by 2756 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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