You can drink soju at many places in Koreatown, but nowhere does soju like Pocha 32. Most of the tables in this second-floor space are topped with hollowed-out watermelons and pineapples filled with the rice-based liquor, and the ceiling is covered in fishnets with dangling soju bottle caps. It’s definitely a place to drink with groups - it’s usually packed until close on weekends - but the family-style food here is pretty good, too. The budae jjigae (a big metal cauldron of ramen stew loaded with spam, rice cakes, kimchi, and hot dogs) should be on your table.
Where we've featured it
The best restaurants in the tiny Midtown neighborhood that is Koreatown.
Search by Perfect For
More spots in KoreatownSee more
Besfren is a small Korean pastry shop with highly photogenic desserts that are actually worth eating.
More Korean spotsSee more
Ms. Yoo is a good-looking restaurant/bar on the Lower East Side that serves a small menu of Korean-American food. Maybe use it for a first date.
Suggested by our writers
Her Name is Han
Incredibly fun and serving some very delicious Korean food, Her Name Is Han is a no brainer.
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is quality Korean BBQ and a really good time in Midtown.
Turntable Chicken Jazz
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.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more