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Koreatown, New York City

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  1. In typical Koreatown karaoke style, Grand Music Studio opens early and closes early—the next day. (Joshua Paul)
  2. Private rooms at Grand Music Studio have couches, tables, neon lights, equally colorful graffiti, and TV screens scrolling lyrics. (Joshua Paul)
  3. A Basic Purification Program at Juvenex Spa includes the vigorous Korean Salt Glow Scrub, plus access to the sauna and soaking tubs, and nourishing treatments for the hair, face, and body. (Joshua Paul)
  4. Juvenex Spa wows arriving guests with its ginseng-and-sake-filled soaking ponds and detoxifying igloo-shaped sauna made of semiprecious jade. (Joshua Paul)
  5. It's easy to overlook the gritty exterior of Juvenex Spa, a fifth-floor oasis. (Joshua Paul)
  6. You can sift through Korean-English dictionaries, cookbooks, and a quirky selection of gifts and souvenirs at Koryo Books. (Sarah Amandolare)
  7. Koryo Books is a fun place for browsing and taking a break from the action outside. (Sarah Amandolare)
  8. Smaller and cozier than many of its peers, Kunjip restaurant emphasizes barbecue but presents a menu full of options. (Joshua Paul)
  9. A bowl of bimbimbap at Kunjip. (Sarah Amandolare)
  10. Banchan, a selection of side dishes served at Kunjip—and most other Korean restaurants. (Sarah Amandolare)
  11. Kunjip is on West 32nd Street between 5th and 6th avenues, the main drag of Koreatown. (Joshua Paul)
  12. Barbecue is what brings people to Madangsui, a long, spartan room with tableside gas grills. (Stephanie Adams)
  13. A helping of bulgogi (marinated, barbecued beef) at Madangsui. (Stephanie Adams)
  14. Kyochon, a sleek new franchise, specializes in Korean-style fried chicken. (Joshua Paul)
  15. In the heart of Koreatown, Kyochon is about a 10-minute walk from rival fried-chicken joint Bonchon. (Joshua Paul)
  16. Mandoo Bar, a friendly little café that draws big lunchtime crowds. (Joshua Paul)
  17. In Korean, mandoo means dumplings, and they're the main attraction at Mandoo Bar. (Joshua Paul)
  18. Through the glass front of Mandoo Bar, you can watch one or two women as they craft the dumplings by hand. (Sarah Amandolare)
  19. Chic young professionals flock to the Tuesday night happy hour at Third Floor Café, hidden within this high-rise. (Stephanie Adams)

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