Ms Yoo

4.1
50 reviews
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Ms. Yoo salutes chef / partner Esther Choi’s East-West heritage as contemporary gastropub where traditional American bar food and drink is re-imagined with authentic Korean favors, ingredients and techniques. The result is a captivating collection of dishes – snacks, small plates and large – as well as cocktails that are truly unique to the stylish Lower East Side boite.
As such, Ms. Yoo, named after Choi’s grandmother Jungok Yoo who taught her how to cook, is the culinary reverse of Choi’s mokbar eateries in Chelsea Market and Brooklyn, where authentic Korean food is infused with American accents. Still, like them, Ms. Yoo represents Choi’s ongoing campaign to encourage Americans to savor the Korean food and culture she so passionately embraces.

***Note*** Loud music after 10pm during the weekends.
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JW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Good energy. Price is reasonable. Good for dates and hanging out with friends for a good time without breaking the bank. Happy hours are the best, obviously.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my anniversary. We loved it. Everything was perfect. The ambiance beautiful. I loved the floral arrangements around the bar. The drinks were amazinggggg. I ordered the chicken tacos, so crispy and the sauce was delicious. Perfect date night spot. Very intimate. I will return again. Thank you !

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LF
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nicely revisited korean dishes. Nice presentations. Definitely one of the best pork bellies I’ve had. Friendly staff.

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F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The Bao buns could have used a bit more sauce but everything else including the service was incredible.

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Ms. Yoo has a small intimate first floor layout but it still feels like a clubstaurant... with music so loud you have to shout across the table and servers taking orders on iPads despite the fairly small seating area. There are only two wines on the menu, one red and one white. The red is a Robert Mondavi that can be purchased in a wine store for no more than $10. It is sold for $47/ bottle at Ms. Yoo. The unflavored Soju tastes very cheap and it took forever for us to be served our very unremarkable Bibimbap. From all four people who dined with Ms. Yoo... I don't think I single one of us would return although we did have fun laughing at the absurdity of it all.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service! Can’t go wrong with anything you order but the pork buns, burger and wings are awesome!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good experience

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OT
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentines Day dinner. Really cute place. Good place to go for a date.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We somewhat randomly came upon Ms Yoo on open table and were intrigued by the menu. We were immediately taken by the fun decor, including a gazebo-like structure over the bar draped with faux flowers contrasted by rectangular neon lights in primary colors. Our experience only improved from there. We ordered an assortment of dishes to share between the two of us and LOVED everything. The brussels sprouts were a particular standout. It was a bit loud to carry on an in-depth conversation, and as it approached 11pm, the staff began to clear out the tables as the space transitioned from restaurant to more of a bar/club vibe. Nothing wrong with that, but good to know when you book a late dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails! Not a huge restaurant (as are most places in NY), so it was a bit noisy but still a great environment. Will definitely be revisiting!

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p
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Cute concept, but food was really overpriced and there was only one poor waiter. Took forever to get the food and drinks out. The place was also empty and they had a dj...so very strange ambiance.

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KN
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Ms. Yoo! They have a great happy hour and the food is absolutely delicious. Atmosphere is fun and trendy. They even had a live DJ! Will definitely be going back with my friends.

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MG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chic quiet restaurant. Perfect for date nights. Great Cocktail menu!

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

Waiter was terrible, got orders wrong. Food came out late, forgot one of the orders. Food was cold. Had to continually ask for water. They seemed very disorganized.

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NK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The place was lovely and service was good. Noise level is a little high but the food well worth it.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Was one of the few places on open table available for a last minute res and I had been wanting to try it. Pleasantly surprised to find the portions were larger than expected - we actually had to cancel our last main entree because we were too full. Love the decor and the ambiance. Service was a little lackluster. I don't blame the staff for this. I felt they were as attentive as they could be but the restaurant seemed understaffed.

All in all, definitely recommend. Already planning my next trip!

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E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious (don’t miss the pork belly board) and so were the cocktails.The wine and beer selection could be better though.

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E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Not many options on the menu but food was great nonetheless. The rice cake mac & cheese appetizer was our favorite part. Waiter forgot to put in appetizer and brought it to us after dinner was served. He apologized by discounting us 10% which was really nice of him.

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SE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great DJ and ambiance.

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HG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really fun spot with club-like feels and amazing food. The drinks could have been stronger and I wish there was more spacing between courses, but overall the staff was attentive and the music was great.

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M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Went with a date for a early dinner, and the place was a bit empty. The waiter was nice but seemed to be slow in terms of servicing us for the food that we ordered and waiting for the check took forever. The food itself was very mediocre except for the wings. The bimibap was very soupy and its not the kind of bimibap that I'm used to. The decor was nice but the place is a lot smaller than the pictures, I doubt I'll be going back.

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m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food and great value and great service

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TT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good but it was SO LOUD. As a group of only four, we had to basically scream to hear each other speak. Courses were improperly timed, some people were completely finished eating by the time others’ dishes had arrived, and they forgot about two of the things we ordered so we had to remind them.

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G
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place has a nice designed, is comfortable, and clean. Food is Korean take on classic American staples... delicious. Staff is friendly and welcoming.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good but they ran out of the entrees we really wanted to try

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Went there for happy hour, the menu was really good value. The KFC wings were fantastic but some of the other dishes were abit hit and miss. Service was excellent. The waiter made a point to let us know if we want to order any more food just before happy hour was finishing.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great food but so loud. Not for a date experience.

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E
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place! I am so glad I discovered it. First off, the cocktails are amazing. Very unique. And the food! Oh my gosh, the food is so good. From pork buns to sashimi salad to steak frites (and so much more) everything was so good. Notable dish: kimchi fried rice with bacon and mozzarella, which comes out sizzling on a hot stone. The waitress pours egg on top at the table and mixes everything in. I cannot wait to go back and try new things, though it will be difficult to not order the exact same things.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

omg loved it.

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t
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very nice bar, but a bit louder than expected considering the small number of patrons. the cocktails were well-made. food was okay. service was excellent. would return again for happy hour.

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KA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

its a fun place - good fun, especially the pork buns and KFC. You can eat at bar or tables - it's quite small and they don't have many tables so worth booking in advance.

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HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I read abiut this restaurant in one of the cooking magazines and was very excited to go there. But this place is just ok. Most food is fried and too salty. The dance music was getting louder and louder. I would not go back there, was quite disappointed.

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a
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is a hit here. Second time there in a month and honestly can't wait to go back!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We were surprised to see how empty the restaurant was for a Saturday night. What was nice to though was that when a few members of our party arrived early, they seated us right away instead of making us wait. We began with drinks and cocktails from the bar which were all successfully orchestrated and fabulous. However, we can't say the same for the food.

We wanted to start off with their Shishito Peppers, only to be told that they had three large parties the night before and so they had already run out of that appetizer for the entire weekend. So instead for an appetizer we tried the Deviled Eggs and the Spiced Edamame. The Devil Eggs were a huge let down - nowhere could be find even a hint of kimchi, and the bacon that was there were packaged bacon bits... they couldn't even make their own bacon bits? As for the Spiced Edamame - you could find the exact same thing at any Japanese sushi restaurant and the would probably be better.

For our entrees, we decided to go family style and we shared the following:
1. Calamari & Squid Fries - rings of calamari deep fried in plain batter and dried Korean squid you eat as a snack covered and fried in plain batter
2. KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) - you can get better tasting and better value from your local Korean fried chicken chain
3. Tteok N' Cheese - which was a great concept ... unfortunately the cheese was gritty making for an unappetizing dish
4. Foie Gras Bibimbap - The hot stone bowl was not hot so there was no burnt rice at the bottom and where was the foie gras?
5. Steak Frites - steak cut into strips with dry taro fries and no dipping sauce

While the food was disappointing, we did have a nice server and we were served complimentary lychee shots (which were delicious) since we were celebrating a birthday. Additionally, the French atmosphere was pleasant and all of the employees from the bartenders to the bus boys were efficient.

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BJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Apart from the fried chicken and shrimp, everything else was awful. We tried the fried calamari, bone marrow, steak and fries and they were all tasteless.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Mediocre food and tacky decorations. Server was nice though.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect and delicious. Great portion sizes and more than enough to take home.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was good but not outstanding - and very rich by the end of the meal. Seemed like they were trying a bit too hard - focusing on a few key flavors would add to the meal.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality service. Fantastic food! Perfect portion sizes and the price is right. Restaurant looks a feels like a mini garden as soon as you enter. Will def good back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Salads are incredible

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