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The Hidden Gems of Koreatown

Whether you’re planning a visit to Koreatown NYC for business or pleasure (or a little of both!), finding the hidden gems in the area is no easy feat.

There are dozens of places for a quick bite, a more luxurious experience, or a festive party atmosphere. It doesn’t matter your tastes – there’s something for everyone in Koreatown.

But to truly experience all that Koreatown – sometimes referred to as the “Korean Times Square” – has to offer, you need to dig a little deeper than a “top 10” list. If you only have a little bit of time, you want to know the places you absolutely must visit.

Keep reading for your guide to Koreatown NYC and the things to do that you cannot miss.

Your Guide to Koreatown NYC

Because Koreatown is located in Midtown Manhattan, the area has prime access to some of the top tourist attractions. Some of the places people commonly visit include:

  • Empire State Building
  • Macy’s Herald Square
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Penn Station
  • Madison Square Garden.

But there is so much more to Koreatown, or K-town, than its proximity to these famous destinations. Koreatown NYC features over 100 places to eat, shop, and do business, all in a tiny one-block area.

Shops, restaurants, and businesses are stacked on top of each other to create a mock-up of Seoul itself. The experience can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start – that’s where this blog comes in.

To truly experience the cultural phenomenon that is Koreatown NYC, there are a handful of places you absolutely need to visit.

Things to Do in Koreatown NYC

Koreatown offers a variety of places to shop and explore, not to mention the dozens of places to satisfy your appetite. Here are the hidden gems you need to see before you go:

1. For Music and Books Fans: Koryo Books

As one of the original Korean businesses that established a place in Midtown Manhattan, Koryo Books is a must-visit for anyone interested in Korean culture. Not only is the selection of books and trinkets excellent, but fans of K-pop will appreciate the music choices.

2. For Avid Foodies: Broadway Bites

Though only available during the summer and fall, Broadway Bites at Greeley Square is the place to go for experienced chefs making a local blend of cuisines, as well as new concepts and trends.  

3. For a Lively Crowd: 5 Bar Karaoke Lounge

If you have a crowd of people and want to enjoy a night of singing, the 5 Bar Karaoke Lounge is your best bet. Decked out in neon lights, the atmosphere is made for a night of fun with friends.

4. For a Full Koreatown Experience: Korea Way

While it cannot be avoided, you really need to experience Korea Way. You’ll find a variety of different cuisines, as well as places to shop for niche gifts.

Plan Your Visit to Koreatown NYC

Located in the heart of Koreatown, Avalon Hotel New York is an urban sanctuary for travelers. Offering a respite from the busy streets of Koreatown, your stay will provide a place to rest and recharge before exploring all that Koreatown has to offer.

And with its close proximity to these local hidden gems, you won’t have to go far to experience the thrill of Koreatown.

Looking for luxurious suites for your Koreatown visit? Contact Avalon Hotel New York to book your stay today.