The Woo

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$50 and over
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Korean
The Woo SoHo features a unique, interactive dining experience highlighting authentic Korean flavors and tabletop barbecue. Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of traditional and modern Korean, using the finest quality ingredients prepared with contemporary cooking techniques to present authentic flavors in a refined, approachable and creative way.

Unleash your inner chef and add an element of sizzle to your next dinner out. Each table centers around a smokeless barbecue grill where diners can take part in the cooking of deliciously marinated prime meats and fresh seafood- creating a unique, immersive dining experience that encompasses all your senses.
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BF
New England
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and great service. We tried a number of items on the menu - dumplings, chicken wings, dol set bi him bop. food was great

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has a great atmosphere, the food is delicious and the service was excellent! A really fun place!

NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service!

o
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly, professional, and our server went above and beyond. We had the barbecue and it was delicious.

JB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value lunch. Service good too. I'm not that keen on Korean food though so probably not the best reviewer

S
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was recomended to try by a friend I metup with in NY. Was really good, great cocktails, we tried most of the barbeque meats, the Bulgogi prime rib was spectacular. Thanks guys

JC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was excellent as was the service. I hosted three people who had never been to the restaurant. they all loved it and plan to return!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible - nonexistent - had to chase down servers and hostess to get any attention. Couldn't get 2nd drink dessert, the bill.

LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfectly pleasant with great service and very good bbq. Not as fancy as price point suggests - but nice for a casual evening.

JC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my fav orbited. Food always fresh and delicious. Service is great. Crowd is diverse . Perfect every time.

SS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good presentation Good food

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

A disappointing experience. The food was ok, ambiance was non existent. Note to restaurant, if you have tables of 6 or more, make sure to ask the table whether they want to add one or more pieces to the 5 piece serving size. Silly giving one piece less than the number of people on the table for each course.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We brought a cake and initially they said it’s $5 per person to have it in the restaurant. When we were about to pay though they said don’t worry about it. I thought it was too steep but we didn’t care bec we were already there and have the cake. I guess just make sure to check in with them first!

Otherwise, the food is very good and the ambience is calmer compared to ktown!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Excellent food but air conditioning was lacking and it was 90 degrees and humid today. That coupled with spicy Korean food was not a great combo! But otherwise it was awesome.

CM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time here with my family and we loved it. It is a beautiful restaurant, good service and great food!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service, loved the vibe there

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great, except for the prices. It’s expensive, but it’s New York. Although, hands down THIS IS, the best Asian food I have ever had.

My wife and friend absolutely loved the place and the food. And they are both picky eaters. Just because of that, I am coming again.

RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. Our waitress Daria was amazing! She gave us the best recommendations on food and wine. Will definitely be coming back!

KH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is spectacular! Very modern looking restaurant. Food presentation is beautiful and surprisingly filling!

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to eat at The Woo for lunch during "Restaurant Week" . What a welcoming surprise to be offered so many choices, and the quality of the food outstanding. We also enjoyed the simple but modern space and the lovely stone chinaware. My only suggestion was to find a better playlist and lower the sound. This restaurant does not need to turn up the sound evoke a welcoming atmosphere.

BM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place
Food and service was amazing

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Danny was amazing!!

OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

La comida súper buena, el servicio es muy amable , los camareros siempre tratan de ayudarte . Sin embargo para mi sería mucho mejor que alguien sea que te cocine .

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f
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good that we went again and plan to go back. Lots of fun here, good food, great service, very good ambiance.

t
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Came here to try the Kal Bi Jim. I’m used to short ribs with some marbling, that has been stewed for hours. This was more like a slab of lean roast beef topped with a sauce that was made separately. Also, the vegetables were just steamed and placed in the dish, versus cooked in the sauce. Not what I was looking for at all.

f
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife’s b-day. Fantastic! Food, service, all if it! Just great! Terrific restaurant week menu also.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Food was great, but the service was awful. Waiters kept trying to take our plates before we were even half way done with our food. Restaurant wasn't even close to closing time. At one point our waitress tried to take one of our not finished plates and stuck her entire ponytail in another one of our not finished plates in the process. Decor is beautiful, food is fantastic, but if the service doesn't improve this place is toast.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week - great ambiance and food!

TO
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the best bulgogis I’ve tried! I went on restaurant week, happy with the portions as well.

NN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food was passable at best. Bland Korean. We were the only customers. Bulgogi was too thick/chewy. Bibimbop lacked variety in vegetables. Kimchi was off. Jigae was OK. Jap chae had inauthentic vegetables. No draft beer. Woo (Lae Oak) is a brand year in decline.

A
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place manny is amazing! Food was sooo good!

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Woo is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Having lived in Korea before, I love the food and the culture. The Woo brings all the authentic flavors and adds unique and delicious twists to classic dishes. The bbq is amazing with the freshest cuts of beef and seafood. The dishes and soups and desserts all should be enjoyed....everything is worth ordering.
This restaurant is a must! Be ready to be wowed. The management and service is top notch. Finally make sure to get the lychee martini- best in the world!

JL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a nice meal

TH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used to live Woo La Oak and were so sad to see it close. Have been limping along at Bann since then when we travel to the city. So happy to see The Woo back in SoHo and ate there twice (one lunch and one dinner) on this trip. It did not disappoint! Same great food of WLO and Bann but much closer to the more intimate and eclectic vive if the old WLO. Will definitely return.

NG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tuna tartar and steam buns are incredible and memorable

OT
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It’s good to have the Woo back in Soho, previously Woo Lae Oak. I used to eat there 20 years back, it still has the classic taste. Portions are big. Quality remains good.

SJ
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Mixed impressions. We were seated next to an incredibly loud and annoying group but strangely after they left the place was dead. No atmosphere at all. The food is excellent though and the service pretty good.

OT
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was very bad, the music was out of service and the plate is poor serve

I wont return to these place.

The only goof point was the location,

OT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our $25 pre-fix lunch. We might have chosen everything if able too; everything was appealing [so was the regular menu]. Service was great. We shared noodles with vegetables and short rib dumplings. My black cod and my wife's short ribs were excellent. We definitely will return for the regular menu.