Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Exclusive
  4. Exclusive
  5. New York
Hwaban, New York, NY

Hwaban

4.6
4.6
80 Reviews
$50 and over
Korean

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

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Korean

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (917) 261-2020

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Woong Jang

  • Catering

    Inquire by phone

  • Private party facilities

    Inquire by phone

  • Neighborhood

    New York

  • Cross street

    19th street between 5th and 6th ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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

Menu

Hwaban Three-Course Tasting

$55. First course as an appetizer; Second & Third courses will be served together

    Pick One From Appetizer

    • Dubu

      steamed bean curd, chicken and mushroom dumpling in soy milk broth served with mushroom

      • Lotus Root

        lotus roots, edible flowers and micro greens with omija dressing

        • Sweet Shrimp

          sweet shrimp crudo with tomato sorbet, Korean pear, cucumber, scallion, white seaweed and caviar

          • Scallop

            scallop, apple, asparagus with Korean mustard sauce

            • Abalone

              slow cooked abalone with dubu (soybean curd) and mushrooms in dried baby sardine broth

              • King Crab

                $5 Supplement. Poached organic egg with king crab in pine nut sauce with spinach

                Pick One From Six Choices #1

                • Green Bibimbap

                  seasonal green vegetables and mushroom bibimbap with dubu soy sauce

                  • Snowy Bibimbap

                    seasonal white vegetables and mung bean jelly bibimbap with dubu soy sauce

                    • Chicken

                      homemade spicy sauce braised chicken with root vegetables

                      • Fish Stew

                        warm and spicy fish stew (fish is subject to change with the market)

                        • Roe

                          clear salted pollock roe soup with dubu and shimeji mushroom

                          • Uni

                            $5 Supplement. Kelp and sea urchin soup

                            Pick One From Six Choices #2

                            • Rice Cake

                              stir-fried rice cake topped with prime ribeye steak over the creamy soy sauce

                              • Grilled Pork Belly

                                brined pork belly in soybean paste served with scallion and red onion salad topped with garlic chips

                                • Pork Belly

                                  braised pork belly and kimchi with mushroom pickles

                                  • Salmon

                                    seared salmon with ginger carrot chili paste sauce with sautéed dubu and kimchi finished with fried wild sesame leaf and oil

                                    • Oxtail

                                      soy sauce braised oxtail with daikon radish and dried red dates

                                      • Beef Short Ribs (Galbi)

                                        $5 Supplement. Grilled marinated de-boned beef short ribs, squash and radish pickled

                                        Featured Items

                                        • Assorted Kimchi$7.00

                                          • Assorted Pickle$7.00

                                            • Zucchini$12.00

                                              pan seared zucchini and shrimp with soy sauce gelée

                                              • Kimchi & Mozzarella$12.00

                                                savory kimchi pancake topped with mozzarella cheese

                                                What 80 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                4.6
                                                4.6 based on all time ratings
                                                • 4.6Food
                                                • 4.7Service
                                                • 4.7Ambience
                                                • 4.3Value

                                                NoiseQuiet

                                                Sort by

                                                Filters

                                                1. MC

                                                  MichaelC

                                                  New York Area

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 30, 2019

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  Outstanding service with very good food!

                                                2. RJ

                                                  RobinJ

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 29, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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.

                                                3. DK

                                                  DeniseK

                                                  New York Area

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 27, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                4. CC

                                                  CarlosC

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 18, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

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

                                                5. MI

                                                  MICHELLEL

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 16, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Elevated and sophisticated authentic Korean restaurant.

                                                6. PM

                                                  PaddyM

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 16, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                7. RD

                                                  RunDontWalk

                                                  New York Area

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 16, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                8. D

                                                  Deniseh

                                                  Chicago

                                                  108 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  108 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 12, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                9. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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!

                                                10. KK

                                                  KitKat

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great food and excellent service. Will definitely return!

                                                11. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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.

                                                12. JP

                                                  JohnP

                                                  New York Area

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 6, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great food, great service. Beautiful plating.

                                                13. C

                                                  Cheunger

                                                  New York Area

                                                  229 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  229 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 3, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                                                14. DP

                                                  DebbyP

                                                  New York Area

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 1, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                15. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 23, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                16. S

                                                  Sssp

                                                  New York Area

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 23, 2019

                                                  overall3food5service2ambience3

                                                  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.

                                                17. ES

                                                  EddieS

                                                  New York Area

                                                  57 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  57 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 17, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                                                18. C

                                                  Clamato8

                                                  New York Area

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 16, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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.

                                                19. D

                                                  Dinner42

                                                  New York Area

                                                  16 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  16 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 16, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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!

                                                20. b

                                                  bkhgal

                                                  New York Area

                                                  25 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  25 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 16, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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!

                                                21. j

                                                  jojo

                                                  New England

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 16, 2019

                                                  overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                  Korean dishes with refreshing flavours. Beautiful background music emanating from expensive but stylish speakers. Although some dishes are hit-or-miss with their flavour profiles, the desserts are excellent and worth a trip for their sake alone.

                                                22. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Amazing highly recommend !

                                                23. N

                                                  Nancy

                                                  Washington DC

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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.

                                                24. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 9, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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!!

                                                25. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 9, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great service and delicious!

                                                26. KC

                                                  KC03

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 6, 2019

                                                  overall3food2service5ambience5

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

                                                27. S

                                                  Smooth

                                                  New York Area

                                                  24 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  24 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 4, 2019

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

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

                                                28. HW

                                                  HeatherW

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 3, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service2ambience4

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

                                                29. J

                                                  Jeannoel

                                                  New York Area

                                                  53 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  53 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 3, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  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.

                                                30. S

                                                  Seriouseater

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 1, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                31. EB

                                                  EricaB

                                                  New York Area

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 25, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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.

                                                32. B

                                                  Bentley

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 18, 2019

                                                  overall3food4service5ambience3

                                                  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.

                                                33. M

                                                  Melissa

                                                  New York Area

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 12, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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

                                                34. RT

                                                  RachelT

                                                  New York Area

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 12, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

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

                                                35. j

                                                  jpcnyc

                                                  New York Area

                                                  24 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  24 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 11, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Delicious food, unobtrusive and gracious service. Bravo!

                                                36. m

                                                  myongjoonkim

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 11, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Perfect!!!!

                                                37. CL

                                                  ChelseaLocal

                                                  New York Area

                                                  17 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  17 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                38. L

                                                  Lyss

                                                  New York Area

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 10, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent service

                                                39. j

                                                  jpcnyc

                                                  New York Area

                                                  24 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  24 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 3, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                40. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 1, 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                FAQs

                                                Hwaban is rated 4.6 stars by 80 OpenTable diners.

                                                Not available on OpenTable

                                                Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

                                                If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


                                                Is this your restaurant?
                                                Claim this listing

                                                Additional information

                                                • Cross street

                                                  19th street between 5th and 6th ave

                                                • Neighborhood

                                                  New York

                                                • 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

                                                • Cuisines

                                                  Korean

                                                • Dining style

                                                  Casual Dining

                                                • Dress code

                                                  Casual Dress

                                                • Parking details

                                                  Street Parking

                                                • Public transit

                                                  23rd street F M W R 1 , 14th street F M N Q R W 1 2 3

                                                • Payment options

                                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                • Executive chef

                                                  Woong Jang

                                                • Additional

                                                  Beer, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                • Phone number

                                                  (917) 261-2020

                                                • Catering

                                                  Inquire by phone

                                                • Private party facilities

                                                  Inquire by phone

                                                Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
                                                OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
                                                Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo