To the strains of a pianist whose repertoire includes both Chopin’s Nocturne in D flat and Journey’s “Open Arms,” Korea Palace serves seafood stews and grilled-at-table meats, as well as the imposing Royal Table d’Hôte, a 12- to 15-course tasting menu ($60 to $70; one-day advance notice required). The mild broth of duk mandoo gook brims with meat dumplings and slivers of rice cake; for something racier, try doenjang chigae, a spicy squid soup. At the end, you’ll be glad you didn’t let the snarling stone tigers by the entrance scare you away.
|Venue name:||Korea Palace||Contact:|
127 E 54th St
|Cross street:||between Park and Lexington Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:30am–10:30pm; Sat 4:30–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St|
|Price:||Average main course: $17. AmEx, DC, MC, V|