It’s tough to spend time around Union Square and not notice Barn Joo. It’s located on Union Square West, a few steps from the entrance to the subway. From the outside, you’ll notice the lines waiting for a table or bar seat during Happy Hour (4pm-7pm every day), and if you get closer, you’ll hear the loud music from the DJ or live band inside. The clubby space offers Korean BBQ at tables on the second floor, but we recommend sticking to some share plates and bottles of soju at the bar or booths on the ground floor. We especially like the bibimbap, which comes with nicely charred rice at the bottom, plenty of spicy gochujang, and a big portion of meat.
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Kyma is a big, upsacle Greek restaurant near Union Square. The seafood is reliably good (but a little overpriced), and it’s easy to get a reservation.
After closing their East Village location, this Indian restaurant is now back with a more upscale space near Union Square.
abcV is Jean-Georges’ third restaurant inside of the ABC Carpet & Home furniture store, and this one is all vegetarian. It’s also the best.
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It seems like lately, all of the Korean food we’ve been eating has been of the “trendy re-interpretation” variety. While we’re fine with that, occasionally we get a craving for a more traditional meal, and for that, we head to Madangsui.
Hanjan is one of the best modern Korean restaurants that exists in NYC, and it’s especially Perfect For a pre- or post-Madison Square Garden meal.
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Party time fried chicken in Midtown that’s absurdly addicting and a fun place to eat food if you don’t take yourself too seriously.
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