Woo Lae Oak (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Korean Soho
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At the East Coast branch of a popular L.A. restaurant, the exposed brick seems Soho, but the styling (and the size) is pure West Coast: Gauzy fabrics hang above picture-perfect flower arrangements. While the able chefs turn out a mean plate of sashimi (or, more accurately, sang sun hwe), the fastest movers are the colorful side dishes of spiced, pickled vegetables that begin each meal. The in-table gas grill provides surprisingly romantic date entertainment, and helps retain the communal spirit of a Korean dinner. Whether your meal is traditional (lively, filling bibimbap) or nouveau (flaming giant clam) or somewhere in between (barbecued ostrich), it all goes equally well with soju, the national distilled liquor.


Venue name: Woo Lae Oak (CLOSED)
Address: 148 Mercer St
New York
Cross street: between Houston and Prince Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, V to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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