Hwaban

4.6
79 reviews
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$50 and over
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Korean

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About

Hwaban Korean food as beautiful as a flower.
With a menu centered around authenticity and traditional flavors, Hwaban is dedicated to widening NY's understanding of Modern Korean Cuisine.
Immaculate presentation paired with friendly service will most certainly make for a pleasant dining experience.
With much gratitude and appreciation, from all of us at Hwaban
Thank you

Hwaban
55 West 19th Street
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Korean
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(917) 261-2020
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Woong Jang
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Private party facilities
Inquire by phone
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Catering
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
19th street between 5th and 6th ave
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Public transit
23rd street F M W R 1 , 14th street F M N Q R W 1 2 3
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 79 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service with very good food!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very pleasant time with friends at Hwaban.

The food was more towards serious Korean which I like very much. I had Abalone, Fish Stew, and Oxtail and they were not just delicious but also depth of the flavor was very satisfying.

Modernly interpreted interior of the restaurant in clean, and quiet mood made me focus on the food and conversation with friends. Additionally, service of the waiters were enough, not too intrusive, not too careless.

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and so was the service. Definitely a great place for a special dinner.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The pollock roe wasn’t anything special but all other dishes are clean and full of flavor. The kimchi cheese is a must !!

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MI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elevated and sophisticated authentic Korean restaurant.

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PM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple menu but exquisitely prepared. Great ambiance and great service!

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RD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique twists on Korean classics. Great setting and excellent dining experience. Will be back.

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D
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to try. Shrimp appetizer and scallops very good. Nice wine list

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Perfect portions, amazing presentation of Korean cuisine using super fresh ingredients in modern and approachable space. Professional staff and a great value for the price!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really so special. The appearance and flavors and balance of the dishes was first rate. The service was graceful and accommodating even when WE forgot to notify them of a kind of obscure food allergy. We will return.

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Will definitely return!

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Beautiful plating.

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C
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pretty good Korean dinning experience. Good value for the food.

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DP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent out of the ordinary food. The service was extraordinary. Our wait staff explained the food without being over solicitous. Loved this restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delightful. Pleasantly surprised! Everything was epitome of perfection. The braised chicken literally fell off the bones, packing in flavors in every bite.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great but the service was immature. The server didn’t remember which drink was ordered before so he brought out wrong beer. We had dinner for about two hours and when we were still in conversation after dessert the server asked us to leave all of sudden because the next group of guests were coming for the table that we sat. First, he should’ve gave a heads up and second, there was no group of guests waiting in the waiting area. We felt he lied to let us out... They need to teach these young servers about the attitude and the manner if they want to present this resraurant with upscale restaurant exprience.

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ES
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasting menu was excellent. Chicken and vegetable dish was yummy. Steak on rice cakes was the best.

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C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hwaban just keeps getting better. Some standouts include the chicken stew, the rice cakes with beef, and the oxtails. Save room for dessert, especially the Pavlova, the cheesecake, or the chef's special.

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere at Hwaban - quiet, yet welcoming. Servers were friendly and professional. The food was delicious, from the dubu appetizer to the rice cake with ribeye steak. I will definitely return to try more dishes!

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b
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience, food presentation, pace, service and food itself en pointe! Inspired and inspiring! Can’t wait for our next meal here to try other dishes. Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing highly recommend !

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N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, the food--flavors, textures, and overall quality--was very high. The three courses prove to be quite filling. Second, the service was outstanding. We had a complicated situation with half of our party, and the staff could not have been kinder or more accommodating. The decor is very soothing and the restaurant is blessedly quiet, so it is a great place to go relax, have some wonderful dishes, and enjoy oneself in the company of family or friends.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just ate there for the first time tonight. We brought our two boys. The three course menu is fresh and inventive, with a nod to modern Korean cuisine. The owner also owns Kosaka in the village. She is such a lovely person and you can see that come through in the service - everyone is so professional and takes great pride in the menu. We will come back!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious!

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

the overall atmosphere was nice but the food was too salty and the soup was not warm enough.

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S
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Elegant, modern Korean cuisine, beautifully presented and graciously served in a serene and attractive environment

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HW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Hwaban was a unique and culinarily exciting experience. Recommended for an upscale date night, dinner with the parents, or intimate group dining.

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J
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is really good food but in my opinion not spectacular. I thought the abalone appetizer was kind of bland unlike the scallops that are indeed right at the top. The Salmon and chicken were quite good but again not spectacular.
The strawberry cream cake was the one fish absolutely spectacular.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoy an elegant ambiance and minimalist dishes that burst with flavor.

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EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a magnificent dining experience! Two best girlfriends took me out for my birthday and when we arrived there was even a special birthday greeting on the table which was exactly how this restaurant operates, paying beautiful attention to every detail of the meal. From the beautiful menus tucked in envelopes to the dishes, each an Perfect work of art and divine beyond words. The atmosphere is chic and sophisticated yet comfortable and relaxed and our server was extremely polite and took care of us like royalty. The wine choices were beyond wonderful and paired well with the cuisine and the delightful desserts ended the meal joyfully. Can’t wait to go back.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

It was an interesting experience with some very good dishes and some all right but not outstanding ones. The fixed menu requiring two main courses at once made for a crowded table and a somewhat difficult order to make. However the waiter was very helpful.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since we were already fans of Kosaka, the second we found out that Mihyun Han had another restaurant we rushed to make a reservation. And we did not regret it! The food is absolutely delicious! For apps we tried the Sweet Shrimp, Dubu and Lotus Root Salad. As entrees we had the Rice, Rice Cake, Oxtail and Beef Short Ribs. For desert we had the Tropical Pavlova. We honestly loved everything we ate here -- you will not be disappointed by any of these dishes. That being said, the Dubu, Rice Cake, Rice and Short Ribs were out of this world good. I especially recommend these particular items. We came again recently for brunch and it was just as delicious. The crab fried rice in particular was excellent

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RT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Place is great for foodies! Excellent service, special atmosphere, very kind staff and artfully beautiful food.

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j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, unobtrusive and gracious service. Bravo!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect!!!!

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CL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haute Korean. Exceptional desserts. Excellent service. Already planning our next visit.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisitely prepared food -- everything absolutely delicious! Gracious and attentive service in a very serene setting. Bravo!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, uncluttered dining room. Weird speakers but perfect level of ambient music.

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EJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After checking out Hwaban shortly after it opened, we decided to have our New Year's dinner here. As expected, the tasting menu was excellent. The food quality is outstanding and the chef did a great job of creating Korean food that's modern but not watered down or going for "fusion". Service staff were attentive, friendly without being overbearing. The wine we had (Cote du Rhone) was wonderful as well. The space is minimalist and elegant and we enjoyed our quiet but festive and delicious New Year's dinner.

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