Mon-Thu, 11:30-2:30 and 5pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30-2:30 and 5pm-11pm; Sun, 5pm-11pm
1, 2, 3 at 34th St.-Penn Station
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While this restaurant stands a mere four blocks away from the heart of Ktown, its sleek style and upmarket menu make it seem much further. “Korean BBQ 2.0,” the restaurant’s tagline, turns out to involve marble-topped tables, crystal stone grills, a swank lounge with full bar, and pricey, high-quality cuts of meat. There’s a selection of regular and premium wagyu beef, with four different cuts available (NY Strip, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, and Galbi), but premium rib-eye is the most popular option, with its delicate marbling, and melt-in-your-mouth consistency. The rest of the menu contains a well-edited selection of classic Korean dishes, from fried pancakes (pajeon), stews (jjigae), and of course, the ubiquitous favorite, bibimbap. With a few exceptions, there’s nothing new or interesting about these staples. Choose the gamja jeon over its other fried iterations: essentially a pancake made of potatoes and jalapeno slices, you could call it a Korean latke. The signature Kristalbelli salad is a pleasant palate cleanser, composed of mixed greens garnished with a ginger soy vinaigrette, and crispy, sweet slices of honey-glazed pork belly. If in doubt, just save your money and focus on the beef.