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Adventure in Koreatown

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Published October 1st 2009
While many ethic neighborhoods in New York span a large area of the city, Koreatown sits on a small two block stretch in Midtown. What it lacks in size it makes up for in exotic adventure. Where else can you grill your own octopus, gaze at the Empire State building, and sing about it all in the same night?

Start off your night with some grilled grub. In this area of town, you get to cook your own meat on one of the mini Korean BBQ's on the center of your table. Try Kum Gang San for some authentic Korean BBQ dishes. If you're a vegetarian, Hangawi lets you enjoy your vegetables while sitting on the floor. Be warned – wear nice socks. At this spot, you'll have to remove your shoes before sitting down. Korean dining isn't as fun if the other patrons are judging you for a hole in your toe.

After dinner, head to Me Bar, located on the top of the unassuming La Quinta Inn. Only truly in the know locals are hip to this rooftop spot. The ride up the rickety elevator may seem daunting, but the views of the Empire State Building will drop your jaw. Me Bar is directly underneath the building's towering gaze. The best thing about this rooftop bar is the price point. You'll actually be able to afford their drinks. Good. You'll need to be a little bit tipsy to get back in that elevator.

If you were downtown, you'd head out for more cocktails. Here, you'll head to Baden Baden for shots of traditional Korean Soju. This liquor is served in tiny glasses. Everyone at the table must get a full pour, and finish it before anyone can have more. Be careful, the Soju can catch up with you quick. The bartenders first language might be Korean, but they still know how to say "you're cut off."

Finally, it's time for a nightcap. In this case, its Karaoke! There are a few parlors in the hood. Try Players Lounge and be read to impress. The crowds here take their public singing seriously. If you sound bad, they don't want to hear "I had too much Soju" as an excuse!
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Why? Because Koreans Know How to Party
When: 7 Nights a Week
Where: Kum Gang - 49 W 32nd St., Hangawi – 12 E 32nd, Me Bar – 17 W 32nd, Baden Baden – 28 W 32nd, Players – 25 W 32nd,
Cost: Bring at least $50.
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