This 8,100-square-foot Korean gastropub—decorated with suspended swings and climbing ropes—offers drinking fare from Jean-Georges alum Steve Song in the lobby of the Hotel Verite. On the menu, find soy-and-garlic chicken wings, fried sea-snail lollipops and BBQ-marinated short ribs with scallion salad. Cocktails include a cucumber-black-pepper martini and a serrano-pepper margarita.
|Venue name:||Barn Joo||Contact:|
|Cross street:||between Fifth Ave and Park Ave S|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed noon–midnight; Thu–Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 23rd St (Lexington Ave); N, R to 23rd St (Broadway)|
|Price:||Average entree: $18. AmEx, MC, V|
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This is a great spot for both dinner and happy hour. The fusion Korean fare isn't exactly authentic, but it's delicious and adventurous - be sure to try the chicken wings and the bibimbap, both delicious options either for a main dish or for sharing among friends.
The true draw of this spot, though, is its happy hour. Though it gets crowded, it's worth navigating the throngs of people for $7 craft cocktails and $1 oysters. The lavender honey cocktail is my go-to - it's delicious without being overly sweet, and the hint of lavender really elevates the overall flavor. Though the cocktail specials are available at the bar only, the $1 oyster deal is available both at the bar and at a table.
This spot is big, but gets crowded so I'd definitely recommend a reservation in advance if possible.
Barn Joo is a cozy Korean restaurant north of Union Square that puts its own twist on some conventional meals, while remaining true to Korean cooking. Start and finish your meal with a Galbi Salad that includes watermelon and short ribs. The duck sliders are incredibly delicious and could be an appetizer or meal. In fact, ordering a few starters for a table will certainly fill your stomach quickly. The spicy chicken burrito, with kale, was an interesting selection for a Korean restaurant, but definitely held its own. The ambiance is a bit dark with video wall murals,that change as you eat. The service was efficient and there was not an empty table for my 6pm visit.