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Kristalbelli

8 W. 36th St., New York, NY 10018 40.749998 -73.984391
nr. Fifth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-290-2211 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: BBQ, Korean
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

kristalbelli.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 11:30-2:30 and 5pm-10:30pm; Sat-Sun, 5pm-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3 at 34th St.-Penn Station

Prices

$12-$51

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Private Dining/Party Space

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

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.

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