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328 Douglass St., Brooklyn, NY 11217 40.679591 -73.982502
nr. Fourth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-855-2620 Send to Phone

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Mon-Fri, 5pm-2am; Sat-Sun, noon-2am

Nearby Subway Stops

R at Union St.; 2, 3 at Bergen St.; 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q at Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Good for Groups
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Family Style
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


New York has its fair share of places to eat short ribs while throwing back shots of soju, and now Sohui Kim and Ben Schneider better known as the couple behind Red Hook favorite the Good Fork are throwing their grills in the ring with Insa, a 4,600-square-foot Korean barbecue and karaoke palace in Gowanus’s nightlife district.

The 100-seat restaurant includes a dining room, a 36-seat bar, and a karaoke den with five private rooms. Along with the requisite microphones and speaker system, the rooms will be outfitted with disco balls and velvet banquettes for maximum grooving. And, of course, karaoke demands booze the restaurant has a full liquor license, with wines, local beers, and a few sakes and sojus, too.

As for the food, there will be the expected meats like marinated short rib (kalbi) and thinly sliced pork belly as well as mushroom and seafood platters. But while Korean barbecue is at the center of it, that’s hardly all Kim, along with chef de cuisine Michael Stokes and sous chef Yong Shin, will be cooking. Most of the menu, in fact, is devoted to other aspects of traditional Korean cooking.

It’s divided into three other categories: shared dishes like bossam, and, yes, Kim’s dumplings, which took a star turn at the Good Fork; rice and noodle dishes including stir-fried spicy squid with udon; and hearty soups and stews made with silken tofu, short ribs with chestnuts, and ox bone for the seollungtang, the country’s hangover cure. Which, at the very least, sounds like a good way to fortify yourself before a night of drinking and belting out tunes.


Reservations are accepted only for parties of four or more.

Bar + Karaoke
The kitchen closes between 11 p.m. and midnight daily, but the bar (and karaoke) is open until 2 a.m.