Koreatown, New York City

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