Korean Town is located in the heart of Manhattan. From here, you can walk to Empire State Building, Herald Square, Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden. Because of its central location, Korean immigrants have found exponential growth and success in businesses that they set-up here. From spas to edgy Korean BBQ joints, New York City’s K-Town is one of its own. A friend recommended the kimchi at Muk Eun Ji (mukeunjikimchi.com; open daily 10:30am-6pm, Thursday-Saturday until midnight), a Korean eatery that’s known for its progressive “kimchi-focused” menu. The interiors reflect Korean heritage with artefacts from the iconic Choson Dynasty (1392-1897) of Korea. It is worth a visit.
While browsing through an interesting collection of books by Korean authors at a bookstore called Koryo (koryobooks.com; open daily 9:30am-9:30pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-8pm), I overheard a conversation about the annual Korean Day parade that takes place here. The day-long parade organised by Korean committees begins at 32nd Street in Korean Town. A marching band that includes Korean immigrants walks through K-Town, playing traditional folk music and modern pop songs of its home country. It is usually conducted any time between late-September and early October.
Aside from bakeries, grocery stores, supermarkets, and bookstores, K-Town’s must-visit locales include its snazzy karaoke bars. One such bar I visited was Karaoke City and Sports Bar
(karaokecitynyc.com; open daily 1pm-4am). A thrilling venue, it was packed with urbane Koreans singing along to the latest “K-Pop” hits. There is also a separate bar counter, which serves speciality Asian spirits and cocktails. I would highly recommend this neighbourhood for a night of Koreanstyle fun.