Hwaban

4.7
32 reviews
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$50 and over
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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
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–Sun 5:00 pm–11:30 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
Inquire by phone
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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for New Year's Eve! Hwaban team has created a special menu, exciting one of kind Korean dishes to celebrate the New Year. Reservations can be made via phone, email, or OpenTable.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 32 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innovative yet homey korean dining. Reminds me of more homestyle atomix

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MG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innovative, fresh and very flavorful Korean food. Presentation is flawless. Is still a hidden gem, recommend going for a date night or special occasion. Would not be surprised if it receives a Michelin star next year.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Food is great and atmosphere is clean and beautiful. It was just perfect!

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G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Modern and inventive Korean restaurant. The food was a delicious and modern take on traditional Korean dishes with superb ingredients.
Service was esxcellent and the retsaurant was elegant without being stuffy.
A really wonderful experience.
I recommend it without reservations.

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CW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined numerous times at the sister restaurant, Kosaka, so we were excited to try the new place. The service was terrific, and the restaurant was very comfortable, with soft lighting and elegant tables and chairs. Of course, the food was the best! I lived in Korea for a year, so I have some experience with the cuisine, but this was altogether something else. Original, full of fresh ingredients, and very delicious. There were too many things to try in one visit, but we had the lotus root and the scallops for appetizers and the bipimbap, salmon and braised pork belly for the mains. The scallops and salmon were beautifully presented with spicy, but not overwhelming sauces. The Korean staples, like bipimbap and pork belly, were updated, and served in a nouvelle cuisine style that is very appealing, and will make this restaurant that we will visit regularly.

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AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

NOT worth the price of what it is. Maybe if they made it a la carte, it would be more worth it but the food is just too mediocre compared to the price of it. The food is something I can pay under 30 for at any other restaurant (for more and better tasting), yet here i'm paying 55 + tax +tip? Ugh no way.

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OT
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and graciously served Korean restaurant.
Lovely experience!

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IM
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Korean cuisine prepared under the watchful eyes of Mihyun Han and her team.

This is a beautiful, austere restaurant serving both traditional and creative Korean food.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was a higher quality than what you would you get at a typical Koreatown restaurant but it still maintained its authentic Korean taste. Deliciously spicy - not for the fainthearted! Small portion sizes, though. The service was great, waitstaff was very attentive.

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EP
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant with lovely ambiance that is perfect for date night or a quiet night out with a friend. The aesthetic is great and their floral arrangements are great. Service was very subpar. Their food, while large in portions for a tasting menu, is average. Neither totally traditionally nor that creative, I would say it is way too sweet. Overall, was a good experience but would not return.

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SH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hwaban table meal was superb. Well prepared and well presented. Service was exceptional.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hwaban is excellent—beautiful delicious and truly HEALTHY, pure-tasting food in a beautiful quiet setting with warm service. I can’t wait to return.

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SR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Not being familiar with Korean cuisine, the food was very flavorful and we all enjoyed our experience

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S
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Totally expectations. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was exceptionally presented. A wow on all counts.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I generally am skeptical about authenticity when it comes to "modern" Korean dining. But this place came across as more a tapas/sharing/small dishes type of place so thought it would be fun to try. Actually, food is very authentic and delicious. It's just presented more pretty than your traditional Korean restaurant. You can share everything. Very delicious, I thought it was well priced. The only disappointment was that we ordered a $100 bottle of wine and it was not chilled, but they immediately put it in ice for us after an initial small pour to get the temperature down. The Korean "juns" (like little pancakes) were very good - the fun take on it was that instead of regular soy sauce, it came out with a soy sauce jelly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food for price

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M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

3 of us placed individual bento box brunch orders with one of them being a special request due to medical issues (no rice due to diabetes).
Only 2 of us received food. The special order of "replace rice in RICE/sweet potato side with more sweet potato" never even came out.
We were told that sweet potato had already been mixed with the rice. This was not true, as one of the two of our other orders also had rice/sweet potato side and we could clearly see that the diced sweet potato was just on top of the rice, not mixed in, as we were told.

This restaurant, that could not accommodate a minor dietary request, left a bad taste. This restaurant, that goofed up one order of the 3 that left one person hungry and the other two angry, should have at least apologized. Alas, it did not happen.

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E
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful! Delicious & beautiful Korean dishes! Impeccable service! Extra attention to detail! My new neighborhood gem restaurant! One of the most gorgeous pastries with spectacular floral designs. Thank you for a wonderful birthday dinner!

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t
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Tasty, stylishly presented food in much too small portions. The oxtail was especially good -- I wish there had been more of it

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great and we even got a chance to chat with the chef who was lovely. Grey dining experience. Eloquent dishes with great flavor pairings.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, beautiful food. Modern, minimalist decor. Portions were small, but I was adequately full after the meal. We had the scallop appetizer and I got the sea bass. My partner got the oxtail. The food is very carefully and delicately prepared.I would guess that this place will get a Michelin star in the near future. The service could have been a little faster and the dessert (we had cake) could have been better (cake was beautiful but dry), but overall great experience.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great job, great restaurant. I'll be back

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
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 -- we loved everything we eat there! 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.

Highly recommend, we had a great experience here and will definitely return to try out more of the menu!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, exceptional and attentive service, and an immense attention to detail. Spices pair beautifully, with portions that are generous but not overwhelming. Rice cakes with beef and a homemade-decorated pastry are must-haves!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Best Asian restaurant in town in my opinion ( after Masa).

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience. They staff was superb and obviously prod of their restaurant as well they should be. Perfect blend of Korean with a contemporary touch. The deserts were delightful all with a sublime environment

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well done interpretation of modern Korean cooking plus excellent cakes and desserts at Hwaban. Will be back.

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b
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff could not have been more outgoing. The food was fantastic, the flavors were unique and spectacular. Very cozy seating, the waiters explained all the dishes and were very informative. Very nice experience all around.

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o
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brand new, lovely decor, amazing service, fit for foodie Korean restaurant in Flatiron/Un Sq!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it went well 😃

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and food. Celebrated my birthday here. I would come again!

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, the rice cakes and spicy chicken were exceptional, as was the pavlova dessert. Look forward to our next visit!

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