Woo Lae Oak INC

★★★★☆
  • 148 Mercer St

    New York, NY 10012

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  • 212-925-8200

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They made me wait for 20 minutes at the bar even if the restaurant was empty.
Food was served fast. We had the spicy tofu stew, hot stone bowl rice, and the cod. The complementary salad was served immediately.

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★★★★★

They made me wait for 20 minutes at the bar even if the restaurant was empty.
Food was served fast. We had the spicy tofu stew, hot stone bowl rice, and the cod. The complementary salad was served immediately.

The Soon Doo Boo was

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Excellent service, (some of the most personable servers and bartenders) excellent food, amazing Lychee Martinis! This place is great for a fun, cozy, romantic date or a group! This place had a great vibe and a very cool crowd. YOU SHOULD GO!

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★★★★★

Excellent service, (some of the most personable servers and bartenders) excellent food, amazing Lychee Martinis! This place is great for a fun, cozy, romantic date or a group! This place had a great vibe and a very cool crowd. YOU SHOULD GO!

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A glorified Korean BBQ restaurant that is overpriced and too snooty for their own good. We were seated 40 minutes late for our reservation and rushed through dinner. The inebriated manager and wait staff are chilly and seem to be in the wrong business. Go to 32nd Street for more authentic Korean food for far less money. There are some new cool places there that easily compete on decor and surpass on the food...BCD Tofu House, Shilla or Don's Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar

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★☆☆☆☆

A glorified Korean BBQ restaurant that is overpriced and too snooty for their own good. We were seated 40 minutes late for our reservation and rushed through dinner. The inebriated manager and wait staff are chilly and seem to be in the wrong business. Go to 32nd Street for more authentic Korean food for far less money. There are some new cool places there that easily compete on decor and surpass on the food...BCD Tofu House, Shilla or Don's Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar

Pros: Soho location

Cons: Inept Management & Cold Staff

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hand's down best korean bbq. very authentic for a place that's not in korea-town. been at least four times, it's great for groups, bdays. private areas in back that you can reserve upon request. food is beyond amazing.

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★★★★★

hand's down best korean bbq. very authentic for a place that's not in korea-town. been at least four times, it's great for groups, bdays. private areas in back that you can reserve upon request. food is beyond amazing.

Pros: filet mignon

Cons: service slow at times

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Atmosphere is SoHo trendy hip with requisite clubby music in background, cool lighting, comfortable seating and beautiful open kitchen.

Food was not as good as it could have been. Kalbi beef quality was superb but was not served with lettuce and hot sauce as it is normally done Korean style.

The kimchi was just plane bad. The worst I've every had. My guess is that it normally is better - there's just no way that could have been the normal kimchi.

I also ordered a stew that was supposed to be based on tofu and sliced pork. There was tofu aplenty, but literally one tiny piece of pork, less than bite size. I asked the waiter about it, and he just basically acknowledged I was correct and said "sorry". I was pretty suprised that there was no follow up with management, or an offer to bring something else, as there would have been in any well run restaurant. Again, this may just have been a lazy waiter and not reflective of house policy. And (almost forgot) the pork rib appetizer was good but not great - and was presented weirdly in that they tried to make it crostini style - but since it has bones, you couldn't eat it with the bread as served.

I didn't complain, paid my check and left. Unless you need an evening with hip ambience, stick to 32nd Street - it's cheaper, quicker, and mostly better.

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★★★☆☆

Atmosphere is SoHo trendy hip with requisite clubby music in background, cool lighting, comfortable seating and beautiful open kitchen.

Food was not as good as it could have been. Kalbi beef quality was superb but was not served with lettuce and hot sauce as it is normally done Korean style.

The kimchi was just plane bad. The worst I've every had. My guess is that it normally is better - there's just no way that could have been the normal kimchi.

I also ordered a stew that was supposed to be based on tofu and sliced pork. There was tofu aplenty, but literally one tiny piece of pork, less than bite size. I asked the waiter about it, and he just basically acknowledged I was correct and said "sorry". I was pretty suprised that there was no follow up with management, or an offer to bring something else, as there would have been in any well run restaurant. Again, this may just have been a lazy waiter and not reflective of house policy. And (almost forgot) the pork rib appetizer was good but not great - and was presented weirdly in that they tried to make it crostini style - but since it has bones, you couldn't eat it with the bread as served.

I didn't complain, paid my check and left. Unless you need an evening with hip ambience, stick to 32nd Street - it's cheaper, quicker, and mostly better.

Pros: ambience, quality of the meat

Cons: all other dishes were below par.

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Cool style and innovative presentation make Woo Lae Oak a good choice to stop in for a business lunch or relaxing dinner.

I was particularly impressed by the Dolsot Bi Bim Bap - excellent meal.

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★★★★☆

Cool style and innovative presentation make Woo Lae Oak a good choice to stop in for a business lunch or relaxing dinner.

I was particularly impressed by the Dolsot Bi Bim Bap - excellent meal.

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Ok guys, take a chill pill! Been here about 25 times. It's true that the waiters can be somewhat aloof. They sort of act like indifferent adolescents. And yes, there are waits. And yes, finally, there are tables with upper east side girls groups who are practically screaming at each other. However, if you like spaces with clean lines, good drinks, and good lighting, and you feel like Korean, this is your only option, so just deal and have another lychee martini!!!!!! Regarding all of the "not authentic Korean" posts. Really, get a life (preferably in some other city!). Ever heard of fusion cooking? The beef for their bulgogi (spell?) is the best in the city. Don't even try to question me on that one. Their black cod is phenomenal, bibimbop really, really, good. The list goes on. Now, stop your whining. It doesn't suit you.

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★★★★☆

Ok guys, take a chill pill! Been here about 25 times. It's true that the waiters can be somewhat aloof. They sort of act like indifferent adolescents. And yes, there are waits. And yes, finally, there are tables with upper east side girls groups who are practically screaming at each other. However, if you like spaces with clean lines, good drinks, and good lighting, and you feel like Korean, this is your only option, so just deal and have another lychee martini!!!!!! Regarding all of the "not authentic Korean" posts. Really, get a life (preferably in some other city!). Ever heard of fusion cooking? The beef for their bulgogi (spell?) is the best in the city. Don't even try to question me on that one. Their black cod is phenomenal, bibimbop really, really, good. The list goes on. Now, stop your whining. It doesn't suit you.

Pros: food, girls, drinks,

Cons: girl parties, korean adult movie waiters

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I love this restaurant. It's a great place to bring a date or just hang out with friends. I tried going to koreatown but the food there is way too "adventurous" and the waiters are somewhat hostile. That's why i go to Woo Lae Oak... True there is a wait but it is so worth it. Where else can you go and grill your own meat right at your table? Also you don't have all that noise like in ktown and don't leave here smelling like a bbq pit. I love this place and will continue to go there no matter the stupid reviews some people give them.

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★★★★★

I love this restaurant. It's a great place to bring a date or just hang out with friends. I tried going to koreatown but the food there is way too "adventurous" and the waiters are somewhat hostile. That's why i go to Woo Lae Oak... True there is a wait but it is so worth it. Where else can you go and grill your own meat right at your table? Also you don't have all that noise like in ktown and don't leave here smelling like a bbq pit. I love this place and will continue to go there no matter the stupid reviews some people give them.

Pros: great food, always consistently good experience

Cons: really busy on weekends

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This was the worst experience I've had in NYC for numerous reasons.
1. We were seated 45 minutes after reservation, (after I had to hound the hostess to remember us waiting).
2. Waiter took 20 minutes before asking our order.
3. Steak tartar was literally frozen (it was meat flavored ice) and we had waiter take it away after he justified that is the way it was supposed to be prepared. I don't think so...
4. Completely inattentive wait staff. We piled our used dishes and empty beer bottles on a ledge behind us.
5. inattentive wait staff did not bring us dinner plates so we ate our barbecue out of salad dishes.
6. Need I go on........Assistant waiter knocked over wine glass which spilled and broke on my fiancee. We had to instruct him how he needed to bring over fresh napkins, new chopsticks, new plates, etc. which were lost in the spill.
7. Two of our bbq dishes came out 15 minutes after we had finished eating the first four main dishes.
8. They brought the wrong noodle dish to our table.
... We complained and waiter took one bottle of wine off bill (which was fair)....but then, to add insult to injury, we get the bill which has a mandatory 20% gratuity built-in. We asked to speak to the main manager and explained the situation and that this built-in gratuity was unacceptable. He apologized and took it off bill, because "it's been a hectic, busy night for the restaurant". That doesn't justify all the problems we had. You judge a restaurant based on performance on a Saturday night!!....not on some random empty weekday night....and the kicker is that we did all the work, as we were the ones cooking our food and clearing the table! DO NOT GO HERE. ALL THE BAD REVIEWS ARE ACCURATE.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was the worst experience I've had in NYC for numerous reasons.
1. We were seated 45 minutes after reservation, (after I had to hound the hostess to remember us waiting).
2. Waiter took 20 minutes before asking our order.
3. Steak tartar was literally frozen (it was meat flavored ice) and we had waiter take it away after he justified that is the way it was supposed to be prepared. I don't think so...
4. Completely inattentive wait staff. We piled our used dishes and empty beer bottles on a ledge behind us.
5. inattentive wait staff did not bring us dinner plates so we ate our barbecue out of salad dishes.
6. Need I go on........Assistant waiter knocked over wine glass which spilled and broke on my fiancee. We had to instruct him how he needed to bring over fresh napkins, new chopsticks, new plates, etc. which were lost in the spill.
7. Two of our bbq dishes came out 15 minutes after we had finished eating the first four main dishes.
8. They brought the wrong noodle dish to our table.
... We complained and waiter took one bottle of wine off bill (which was fair)....but then, to add insult to injury, we get the bill which has a mandatory 20% gratuity built-in. We asked to speak to the main manager and explained the situation and that this built-in gratuity was unacceptable. He apologized and took it off bill, because "it's been a hectic, busy night for the restaurant". That doesn't justify all the problems we had. You judge a restaurant based on performance on a Saturday night!!....not on some random empty weekday night....and the kicker is that we did all the work, as we were the ones cooking our food and clearing the table! DO NOT GO HERE. ALL THE BAD REVIEWS ARE ACCURATE.

Pros: None

Cons: service, meat flavored ice, see above

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People don't go to this horrible, over priced, outdated, bad bad bad service Korean BBQ place!!!!! Every time we go there we have bad experience. On Christmas day, we had to wait about 20 minutes even though we had reservation, waiter didn't come about 20 minutes to our table, he forgot to bring our drinks, our beef were frozen, he brought only one rice and kimchi veges for our table even though there were 6 of us. This was not the only time we had a horrible time there. One time we had to wait 1 hour to get our table after arriving there on time for our dinner, beef tasted really old so we wanted to change our order but waiter didn't want to take it back, just horrible. Go to Korea town on 32 St. There are really great places on that street and half price compare to this expensive place. We will never ever go back to this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

People don't go to this horrible, over priced, outdated, bad bad bad service Korean BBQ place!!!!! Every time we go there we have bad experience. On Christmas day, we had to wait about 20 minutes even though we had reservation, waiter didn't come about 20 minutes to our table, he forgot to bring our drinks, our beef were frozen, he brought only one rice and kimchi veges for our table even though there were 6 of us. This was not the only time we had a horrible time there. One time we had to wait 1 hour to get our table after arriving there on time for our dinner, beef tasted really old so we wanted to change our order but waiter didn't want to take it back, just horrible. Go to Korea town on 32 St. There are really great places on that street and half price compare to this expensive place. We will never ever go back to this place.

Pros: none

Cons: over priced, outdated atmosphere, bad service, horrible waiters.

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Had to wait 40 mins past our reservation for our table.
Main waiter was inattentive. Other waiter who brought food set dishes down randomly at table and did not know what was who's and what sides went with what dish.
Food was just manageable. Dryest & saddest looking Kimchi ever. Should' ve just gone to K-Town instead.
Location and decor is great though, nice "see and be seen" sort of place. ..and good date place if you don't mind the aforementioned let downs.

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★★☆☆☆

Had to wait 40 mins past our reservation for our table.
Main waiter was inattentive. Other waiter who brought food set dishes down randomly at table and did not know what was who's and what sides went with what dish.
Food was just manageable. Dryest & saddest looking Kimchi ever. Should' ve just gone to K-Town instead.
Location and decor is great though, nice "see and be seen" sort of place. ..and good date place if you don't mind the aforementioned let downs.

Pros: Great location and interior.

Cons: Bad service, mediocre food.

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Went to woo for a going away party. most of the party was there on time, but some were a little late for our 830 reservation. the hostess was nice and seated us about 5 minutes after everyone was there. the food was ok. the pork rib apps came out a little cold. the drummettes were amazing. we also only received one bowl of rice for the 4 at our table and 1 for the 6 at the other. the filet mignon was good as well as the tiger prawns and sliced beef rib eye. the best was the spicy pork tenderloin. not for the faint of heart. had a really good mix of sweet and spicy going. i might go back, but not to cook my own food.

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★★★☆☆

Went to woo for a going away party. most of the party was there on time, but some were a little late for our 830 reservation. the hostess was nice and seated us about 5 minutes after everyone was there. the food was ok. the pork rib apps came out a little cold. the drummettes were amazing. we also only received one bowl of rice for the 4 at our table and 1 for the 6 at the other. the filet mignon was good as well as the tiger prawns and sliced beef rib eye. the best was the spicy pork tenderloin. not for the faint of heart. had a really good mix of sweet and spicy going. i might go back, but not to cook my own food.

Pros: seated promptly. good service.

Cons: 10 of us, 2 tables. we didn't know they had the private area.

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I'm a regular visitor and I love the food; I can't complain about that. Mojitos are some of the best ones in the City. Last Friday, however, I had several guests visiting from out-of-town and I was looking forward for a fun night out. We got to the restaurant at 9:05 pm for our 9:00 reservation. We were told that we had to wait a couple of minutes. After standing on the stairs for 30 min, we asked again what took so long. The hostess told us that they had over-booked the tables. I'm sorry, but as Seinfeld put it: "You can just take reservations, you also have to keep them!". If the manager has noticed low retention rates, then pick up the phone and confirm that all parties will be coming in, before overbooking tables! At, 10:30, after waiting for 1 h 30 min, our 7 person party was give a table for 4 upstairs!? Food arrived pretty quickly, but they completely forgot about two of our dishes, so we had to just cancel them. Finally, when one person in our party wanted to order an appetizer because she was still hungry, we were told that the kitchen had closed at 11 pm. How can you seat someone at 10:30 pm and not warn that the kitchen closes at 11 pm!? What I found astonishing and appalling was that not once--I repeat: not once!--did someone apologize or ask if everything was fine with out party, after waiting downstairs for 1 h 30 min; nor did we meet the manager. The supposedly great food didn't taste so great when we just couldn't help but complain about the service the entire 1 h that we were there. I definitely have deep qualms about recommending or revisiting the restaurant.

1
★★☆☆☆

I'm a regular visitor and I love the food; I can't complain about that. Mojitos are some of the best ones in the City. Last Friday, however, I had several guests visiting from out-of-town and I was looking forward for a fun night out. We got to the restaurant at 9:05 pm for our 9:00 reservation. We were told that we had to wait a couple of minutes. After standing on the stairs for 30 min, we asked again what took so long. The hostess told us that they had over-booked the tables. I'm sorry, but as Seinfeld put it: "You can just take reservations, you also have to keep them!". If the manager has noticed low retention rates, then pick up the phone and confirm that all parties will be coming in, before overbooking tables! At, 10:30, after waiting for 1 h 30 min, our 7 person party was give a table for 4 upstairs!? Food arrived pretty quickly, but they completely forgot about two of our dishes, so we had to just cancel them. Finally, when one person in our party wanted to order an appetizer because she was still hungry, we were told that the kitchen had closed at 11 pm. How can you seat someone at 10:30 pm and not warn that the kitchen closes at 11 pm!? What I found astonishing and appalling was that not once--I repeat: not once!--did someone apologize or ask if everything was fine with out party, after waiting downstairs for 1 h 30 min; nor did we meet the manager. The supposedly great food didn't taste so great when we just couldn't help but complain about the service the entire 1 h that we were there. I definitely have deep qualms about recommending or revisiting the restaurant.

Pros: Good food, good drinks

Cons: Terrible service (lately), poor customer care, poor scheduling

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Our first vist was okay, I didn't like paying so much for Korean food but obviously here you're paying for decor and Soho location. During our second visit, a large drink bill was added to our bill, which we overlooked as a mistake, but noted very slow service. We went back recently for a birthday dinner and had a terrible time. Snobby hostess. The waiters were nowhere to be found. They brought one bowl of rice for 7 people (rice is served with the entree--standard in ALL Korean restaurants). One guest ordered a green tea which didn't come out until asked for 3 times. If you want good service and good korean food, stick with Koreatown (around 32nd street and 6th ave). You should not be paying 3-4 times the price for disappointing overall experience.

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★★☆☆☆

Our first vist was okay, I didn't like paying so much for Korean food but obviously here you're paying for decor and Soho location. During our second visit, a large drink bill was added to our bill, which we overlooked as a mistake, but noted very slow service. We went back recently for a birthday dinner and had a terrible time. Snobby hostess. The waiters were nowhere to be found. They brought one bowl of rice for 7 people (rice is served with the entree--standard in ALL Korean restaurants). One guest ordered a green tea which didn't come out until asked for 3 times. If you want good service and good korean food, stick with Koreatown (around 32nd street and 6th ave). You should not be paying 3-4 times the price for disappointing overall experience.

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The food in this place is OK, just OK. If you want to eat Korean, you should go to K-town. This place is over priced, the portions are too small, the food is not impressive, and the service is below par. The waiters are all male and good looking, which is weird, but hey if you're into that, good for you. You may see a celebrity. So if you want to go to a trendy place, this is OK. Don't get me wrong, the food is not bad, however, if you want Korean, go to K-town. The positive reviews are all either from tourists or people that have never had real Korean food. You won't see many Koreans here, and that should tell you something.

1
★★★☆☆

The food in this place is OK, just OK. If you want to eat Korean, you should go to K-town. This place is over priced, the portions are too small, the food is not impressive, and the service is below par. The waiters are all male and good looking, which is weird, but hey if you're into that, good for you. You may see a celebrity. So if you want to go to a trendy place, this is OK. Don't get me wrong, the food is not bad, however, if you want Korean, go to K-town. The positive reviews are all either from tourists or people that have never had real Korean food. You won't see many Koreans here, and that should tell you something.

Pros: Trendy, attractive male staff

Cons: Price, bad grills, not real Korean

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This place does not deserve its high ranking. There are only 7-8 items on the menu, and I would expect all of them to be superb. While dishes we had were tasty, they were nothing to write about. Kimchi, which is supposed to be world renowned was not that good. Service was also so-so. All in all an average Korean restaurant. If you are in the area stop by, but don?t go out of your way.

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★★★☆☆

This place does not deserve its high ranking. There are only 7-8 items on the menu, and I would expect all of them to be superb. While dishes we had were tasty, they were nothing to write about. Kimchi, which is supposed to be world renowned was not that good. Service was also so-so. All in all an average Korean restaurant. If you are in the area stop by, but don?t go out of your way.

Pros: Great decor

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I love dining in New York, and I have never been dissatified enough with my experience at a nice restaurant to write a review. I took my boyfriend here for our anniversary, and spent over $100 for the WORST dining experience I have ever had. We went on a Wednesday night at 9pm, when it was slow enought that we actually noticed servers hanging out in the front with nothing to do. After waiting 20 minutes at the table, being ignored by everyone that passed by, we attempted to flag down someone that looked like a manager to see if we could even get water at the table. He held up his pointer finger at us, indicating that we should wait, which was extremely rude on his behalf. When the waiter finally did come, he was extremely unapologetic, and was not helpful with our questions about the menu. It also took forever for him to return between the drink order and food order, and he only checked in with us once during the course of the meal. Additionally, there was a table with young children in the back, and the kids kept running back and forth through the restaurant screaming and yelling. The overall experience of the restaurant was a shame, because the meal was actually delicious, and I had been looking forward to trying Woo Lae Oak for quite a while. It is unnaccaptable that such a trendy restaurant should ignore its customers in the fashion that they did. I will not go back, nor will I ever reccommend it to anyone.

1
★★★☆☆

I love dining in New York, and I have never been dissatified enough with my experience at a nice restaurant to write a review. I took my boyfriend here for our anniversary, and spent over $100 for the WORST dining experience I have ever had. We went on a Wednesday night at 9pm, when it was slow enought that we actually noticed servers hanging out in the front with nothing to do. After waiting 20 minutes at the table, being ignored by everyone that passed by, we attempted to flag down someone that looked like a manager to see if we could even get water at the table. He held up his pointer finger at us, indicating that we should wait, which was extremely rude on his behalf. When the waiter finally did come, he was extremely unapologetic, and was not helpful with our questions about the menu. It also took forever for him to return between the drink order and food order, and he only checked in with us once during the course of the meal. Additionally, there was a table with young children in the back, and the kids kept running back and forth through the restaurant screaming and yelling. The overall experience of the restaurant was a shame, because the meal was actually delicious, and I had been looking forward to trying Woo Lae Oak for quite a while. It is unnaccaptable that such a trendy restaurant should ignore its customers in the fashion that they did. I will not go back, nor will I ever reccommend it to anyone.

Cons: Service

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If you don't mind grilling you'll love this place! You get to cook your own food to order so it's just how you like it. The choices include fish, shellfish, beef, ostritch, bison, pork, all marinated and ready to thrown on your center table grill. Skip any appetizers and just get more meats to grill. I go back whenever I can!

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★★★☆☆

If you don't mind grilling you'll love this place! You get to cook your own food to order so it's just how you like it. The choices include fish, shellfish, beef, ostritch, bison, pork, all marinated and ready to thrown on your center table grill. Skip any appetizers and just get more meats to grill. I go back whenever I can!

Pros: Great meat, unique dining experience, friendly waitstaff, lots of room

Cons: Some areas are really cold so be sure you're comfy before you take your seat

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This is by far my favorite restaurant in New York. I heard about it briefly and decided to plan my birthday dinner there. The food is spectacular as is the ambiance. It can get loud but that is something we loved! The tuna was very fresh and the steak was so good we barely cooked it. Cooking your own food on an open flame in the middle of the table makes for great interaction, perfect for a date! The dungess crab appetizer is amazing, strongly recommended! I have ate in many trendy restaurants in the city and this restaurant tops them all!

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★★★★★

This is by far my favorite restaurant in New York. I heard about it briefly and decided to plan my birthday dinner there. The food is spectacular as is the ambiance. It can get loud but that is something we loved! The tuna was very fresh and the steak was so good we barely cooked it. Cooking your own food on an open flame in the middle of the table makes for great interaction, perfect for a date! The dungess crab appetizer is amazing, strongly recommended! I have ate in many trendy restaurants in the city and this restaurant tops them all!

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So my two girlfriends and I came here for my birthday. I usually eat Korean food in K-Town. So it was my first time at Woo Lae Oak. I must say, the food is average. There is better jap-chae and kal-bi in K-Town. The drinks are good though. One major plus of this restaurant - the waiters. They are absolutely gorgeous men that are straight and mostly single too. Seriously, I've never been to a place where cute guys are just serving me all night long. And best of all, I got a birthday kiss from each one of them, at least 5 kisses on the cheek, one right after another. It was awesome! But only this service is brought to me by my friend knowing one of the waiters. I would recommend this place for the ambiance, the drinks, and the cute waitstaff.

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★★★★☆

So my two girlfriends and I came here for my birthday. I usually eat Korean food in K-Town. So it was my first time at Woo Lae Oak. I must say, the food is average. There is better jap-chae and kal-bi in K-Town. The drinks are good though. One major plus of this restaurant - the waiters. They are absolutely gorgeous men that are straight and mostly single too. Seriously, I've never been to a place where cute guys are just serving me all night long. And best of all, I got a birthday kiss from each one of them, at least 5 kisses on the cheek, one right after another. It was awesome! But only this service is brought to me by my friend knowing one of the waiters. I would recommend this place for the ambiance, the drinks, and the cute waitstaff.

Pros: the waiters are HOT

Cons: the food isn't all that great

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I went here with a group of girls, and again with my boyfriend. Both times everyone loved it. The food is simple, yet delicious, as are the cocktails. The dining experience is fun, interactive and chic, without being snooty.

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★★★★☆

I went here with a group of girls, and again with my boyfriend. Both times everyone loved it. The food is simple, yet delicious, as are the cocktails. The dining experience is fun, interactive and chic, without being snooty.

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This place is great! The staff is so friendly . For someone that hasnt had Korean before its PERFECT! Food is fresh and tasty and if you like spicy they have a good dishes like the Bim yam Bop!

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★★★★★

This place is great! The staff is so friendly . For someone that hasnt had Korean before its PERFECT! Food is fresh and tasty and if you like spicy they have a good dishes like the Bim yam Bop!

Pros: Good for groups

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I just don't know how to say that i simply can not get enough of this place. Forget about the fact that all the waiters are unbelievably cute. Really, though, what other restaurant sports an all male cast of cute guys? Yikes, my boyfriend would be crazy if he knew that i was checking out the waiters... we go here all the time...
I diverge, the food here is unbelievable. Whatever your culinary preference there is always something for everyone. Vegitarians and steak-eaters alike will love this place. It's hearty food that's not heavy... unless you over-order which is actually easy considering that it's family style.
I lived in Asia for several years and adore all asian food, but my boyfriend hates sushi and it's murder getting him into a japanese restaurant unless he's on one of his health kicks. Even he loves this place and suggests going there all the time. We're on our way tonight, too.
This is a great spot for the girls that like the asian flavor and the guys that are a little more about steak and "real" food. Actually, those of you who are tired of Japanese should try Korean here. I don't know why there aren't more fun Korean restaurants in the city not located on 34 st.

anyway, make sure to get the crab dumplings, filet mignon, tuna, bibimbop... you can't go wrong

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★★★★★

I just don't know how to say that i simply can not get enough of this place. Forget about the fact that all the waiters are unbelievably cute. Really, though, what other restaurant sports an all male cast of cute guys? Yikes, my boyfriend would be crazy if he knew that i was checking out the waiters... we go here all the time...
I diverge, the food here is unbelievable. Whatever your culinary preference there is always something for everyone. Vegitarians and steak-eaters alike will love this place. It's hearty food that's not heavy... unless you over-order which is actually easy considering that it's family style.
I lived in Asia for several years and adore all asian food, but my boyfriend hates sushi and it's murder getting him into a japanese restaurant unless he's on one of his health kicks. Even he loves this place and suggests going there all the time. We're on our way tonight, too.
This is a great spot for the girls that like the asian flavor and the guys that are a little more about steak and "real" food. Actually, those of you who are tired of Japanese should try Korean here. I don't know why there aren't more fun Korean restaurants in the city not located on 34 st.

anyway, make sure to get the crab dumplings, filet mignon, tuna, bibimbop... you can't go wrong

Pros: FOOD!! service, drink/wine list, ambience is cool

Cons: it's a little pricey

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You can definately find the same quality of food for a fraction of the price elsewhere, but the decor and ambiance of Woo Lae Oak make the experience worth it (though it is not a place I would frequently go back to). The portions are tiny and some too sweet. But the model-esque waiters are some added eye candy. Its great for people who want to try Korean food, but can't understand the servers or the menu on 32nd St.

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★★★☆☆

You can definately find the same quality of food for a fraction of the price elsewhere, but the decor and ambiance of Woo Lae Oak make the experience worth it (though it is not a place I would frequently go back to). The portions are tiny and some too sweet. But the model-esque waiters are some added eye candy. Its great for people who want to try Korean food, but can't understand the servers or the menu on 32nd St.

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So we've all heard the stories about Woo Lae Oak. Though some of them are true I wasn't dissappointed at all. Yes, there is a wait and the food is more expensive than Koreatown, but consider the location and quality. Also think of the perks- the waiters look like they just walked off the run way... It was a great restaurant and I will definitely be going back.

2
★★★★★

So we've all heard the stories about Woo Lae Oak. Though some of them are true I wasn't dissappointed at all. Yes, there is a wait and the food is more expensive than Koreatown, but consider the location and quality. Also think of the perks- the waiters look like they just walked off the run way... It was a great restaurant and I will definitely be going back.

Pros: Cocktails, Food, Location

Cons: Crowded

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Pricey, but delish! Good cocktails too. The ambience is great - perfect for a night out with the girls, but also a great place to impress your date.

2
★★★★★

Pricey, but delish! Good cocktails too. The ambience is great - perfect for a night out with the girls, but also a great place to impress your date.

Cons: expensive

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The manager that claimed that he was the manager was so distastefully pompous and rude to my friends and I that we walked out and decided not to eat there. I am Korean and live in the neighborhood and usually eat in Koreatown, but unfortunately we decided to eat there that night. We were so put off by the "manager" there, we decided to leave and never give them our business.

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★☆☆☆☆

The manager that claimed that he was the manager was so distastefully pompous and rude to my friends and I that we walked out and decided not to eat there. I am Korean and live in the neighborhood and usually eat in Koreatown, but unfortunately we decided to eat there that night. We were so put off by the "manager" there, we decided to leave and never give them our business.

Cons: Staff

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I don't know what everyone is complaining about. It's New York City... you have to wait on Fridays & Saturdays for a table everywhere else. This was a great place and it never fails to impress me. Check out the new huge Buddha head in the window. Awesome ambiance & food.

2
★★★★★

I don't know what everyone is complaining about. It's New York City... you have to wait on Fridays & Saturdays for a table everywhere else. This was a great place and it never fails to impress me. Check out the new huge Buddha head in the window. Awesome ambiance & food.

Pros: Everything, Drinks

Cons: Nothing

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Yes I was aware that getting into Woo Lae Oak on a Saturday night even with a reservation required a wait. We've been here on many occasions and are happy to wait at the bar. The food is always good and the service as well so all in all it is definitely worth the wait.

2
★★★★★

Yes I was aware that getting into Woo Lae Oak on a Saturday night even with a reservation required a wait. We've been here on many occasions and are happy to wait at the bar. The food is always good and the service as well so all in all it is definitely worth the wait.

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Though you hear scathing comments about Woo Lae Oak, try for yourself and you'll see that everyone is wrong. The food is great, the service is fast and the decor is so SoHo.

2
★★★★★

Though you hear scathing comments about Woo Lae Oak, try for yourself and you'll see that everyone is wrong. The food is great, the service is fast and the decor is so SoHo.

Pros: Food

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I come here often with large groups and yes, we have had to wait a while for our table. After about 30 minutes we were getting kindof angry but in walks this celebrity couple (no need to drop names) and we were so wowwed. Go check out the chopsticks wall and you'll see what I mean.

2
★★★★★

I come here often with large groups and yes, we have had to wait a while for our table. After about 30 minutes we were getting kindof angry but in walks this celebrity couple (no need to drop names) and we were so wowwed. Go check out the chopsticks wall and you'll see what I mean.

Pros: Celeb Hangout, Trendy, Drinks

Cons: Wait

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I'm really picky about what I eat and really don't like 32nd St food. It's scary and half the times I don't know what I'm looking at and ultimately will be eating. Woo Lae Oak is just right for diners who are interested in enjoying Korean cuisine without all the fuss.

2
★★★★★

I'm really picky about what I eat and really don't like 32nd St food. It's scary and half the times I don't know what I'm looking at and ultimately will be eating. Woo Lae Oak is just right for diners who are interested in enjoying Korean cuisine without all the fuss.

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Trendy - yes. Pompous - yes. An aura of cool - yes. The best looking male waitstaff in the city - ABSOLUTELY. The quality of food is excellent (albeit somewhat expensive), but the service is marginal. Not quite authentic Korean... rather with a Soho twist. But, ladies, the men taking orders/serving food are GORGEOUS!! I'm assuming they're all aspiring actors/models... but bringing the girls here just for the eye candy is worth it. Again, the service kinda sucks... but who comes for the service with hot waiters and great food??? Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

Trendy - yes. Pompous - yes. An aura of cool - yes. The best looking male waitstaff in the city - ABSOLUTELY. The quality of food is excellent (albeit somewhat expensive), but the service is marginal. Not quite authentic Korean... rather with a Soho twist. But, ladies, the men taking orders/serving food are GORGEOUS!! I'm assuming they're all aspiring actors/models... but bringing the girls here just for the eye candy is worth it. Again, the service kinda sucks... but who comes for the service with hot waiters and great food??? Highly recommended.

Pros: Waitstaff!!!, Food

Cons: Service, Long waits

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I came here with a few buds who are visiting from out of town. They're really not adventurous with food because they're from the MidWest, so I thought barbeque. What better place is there where there's a grill right at your table?

2
★★★★★

I came here with a few buds who are visiting from out of town. They're really not adventurous with food because they're from the MidWest, so I thought barbeque. What better place is there where there's a grill right at your table?

Pros: Scene, Wine List, Food

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When most people think about Woo Lae Oak they think model waiters & pricey food. A few of my co-workers and I decided to see what all the fuss was about and yes, they do have beautiful waiters and the food is more expensive than what you'll find in K-town, but it is so worth it!! My perception of this place has changed so much since dining here and I will undoubtedly be returning soon.

2
★★★★★

When most people think about Woo Lae Oak they think model waiters & pricey food. A few of my co-workers and I decided to see what all the fuss was about and yes, they do have beautiful waiters and the food is more expensive than what you'll find in K-town, but it is so worth it!! My perception of this place has changed so much since dining here and I will undoubtedly be returning soon.

Pros: Waiters, Food, Cocktails

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We went with a group of four this past Friday night. The service in the upstairs room was terrible. The waiter was not helpful and did not seem to know anything about Korean food. The waiters failed to bring half of the food that we ordered and never came back to bring us water or to check if the food was okay. We had to ask several times to get water. There are so many great Korean restaurants in the city; it is not worth wasting your time at this one.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went with a group of four this past Friday night. The service in the upstairs room was terrible. The waiter was not helpful and did not seem to know anything about Korean food. The waiters failed to bring half of the food that we ordered and never came back to bring us water or to check if the food was okay. We had to ask several times to get water. There are so many great Korean restaurants in the city; it is not worth wasting your time at this one.

Cons: Terrible service, Uncomfortable seating

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Don't come here if you're looking for Korean food. Yes, its decor and sleekness may lend itself to a romantic evening, but don't expect to impress your date with your knowledge of where to get good food. I don't understand the notion of "Nouvelle Korean" if this is it. Rather than reworking tradition, Woo Lae Oak suppresses that which makes Korean food unique.

1
★★★☆☆

Don't come here if you're looking for Korean food. Yes, its decor and sleekness may lend itself to a romantic evening, but don't expect to impress your date with your knowledge of where to get good food. I don't understand the notion of "Nouvelle Korean" if this is it. Rather than reworking tradition, Woo Lae Oak suppresses that which makes Korean food unique.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Food

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My friends picked to go here for New Years Eve dinner. After seeing the citysearch reviews I was really worried about getting a table. Well, there was no reason to worry. Not only were we immediately shown to our seat, our service was awesome. We had the BEST dinner. We ordered way too much food and still wound up only paying $50 each (including more than enough food, a drink and tip). I think that's amazing. I would highly recommend this place, though I do worry that perhaps my experience might have been rare.

2
★★★★★

My friends picked to go here for New Years Eve dinner. After seeing the citysearch reviews I was really worried about getting a table. Well, there was no reason to worry. Not only were we immediately shown to our seat, our service was awesome. We had the BEST dinner. We ordered way too much food and still wound up only paying $50 each (including more than enough food, a drink and tip). I think that's amazing. I would highly recommend this place, though I do worry that perhaps my experience might have been rare.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: NOTHING

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Here's the problem - although the food is fantastic, both the more traditional items (bbq, Bi Bim Bop) and the more inventive ones (black cod, fried tofu in panko), and is surprisingly veggie friendly, the service, in a word, sucks.
It takes forever to get anything and they are completely unresponsive to complaints. I walked out on my birthday because I was hungry and we didn't get water for 20 minutes.
But, if you're not in a rush, and not ravenous and can sit and wait in a cool room, then the wait is worth it for some of the best food. It's not cheap, but I don't feel it's overpriced. The Mercer Kitchen and Lure are on the same block, and I think both are a bit more pricey.
Great bar - lychee matinis are yummy. Good for dates, because you have something to do if conversation lags.

2
★★★★☆

Here's the problem - although the food is fantastic, both the more traditional items (bbq, Bi Bim Bop) and the more inventive ones (black cod, fried tofu in panko), and is surprisingly veggie friendly, the service, in a word, sucks.
It takes forever to get anything and they are completely unresponsive to complaints. I walked out on my birthday because I was hungry and we didn't get water for 20 minutes.
But, if you're not in a rush, and not ravenous and can sit and wait in a cool room, then the wait is worth it for some of the best food. It's not cheap, but I don't feel it's overpriced. The Mercer Kitchen and Lure are on the same block, and I think both are a bit more pricey.
Great bar - lychee matinis are yummy. Good for dates, because you have something to do if conversation lags.

Pros: FOOD, Tasty cocktails, FOOF

Cons: slow, not responsive, don't need you attitu

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If you have a big group of people do not go here. Management cannot deal with organization. We called to make a reservation for 8 and they said they had a table ready for us. When we get there they say 5 minutes and next thing we know its an hour later. All the time they are assuring us that it will only be another 5 minutes. The manager seemed flustered at our party and became aggressive and arrogant saying "I dont like your friend and Id be happy if you went else were". And we ended up going else were and will not return and tell will tell others not to go here.

0
★☆☆☆☆

If you have a big group of people do not go here. Management cannot deal with organization. We called to make a reservation for 8 and they said they had a table ready for us. When we get there they say 5 minutes and next thing we know its an hour later. All the time they are assuring us that it will only be another 5 minutes. The manager seemed flustered at our party and became aggressive and arrogant saying "I dont like your friend and Id be happy if you went else were". And we ended up going else were and will not return and tell will tell others not to go here.

Cons: managment, waiting time, disorganised

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I went there with a group of 9. We were hosting a group of girls from Austraila and thought it would be nice to take them to Woo Lae Oak for a late dinner. The Manager told us we would have a table in 15 minutes, so we patiently waited. 1 hour later we were still not seated. The manager was nowhere to be found and the Hostess did not care that we were not seated. After something like this we would expect an appology and a free drink. That never happened. Diner food tastes just as good!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went there with a group of 9. We were hosting a group of girls from Austraila and thought it would be nice to take them to Woo Lae Oak for a late dinner. The Manager told us we would have a table in 15 minutes, so we patiently waited. 1 hour later we were still not seated. The manager was nowhere to be found and the Hostess did not care that we were not seated. After something like this we would expect an appology and a free drink. That never happened. Diner food tastes just as good!

Cons: Trendy, Disorganized

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I was there w/ a party of 8 last night for a 9pm reservation. After 45 mins of waiting in an sans air conditioned bar, we grew tired of paying for over-priced drinks. The manager did attempt to get us a table, but only at the expense of rudely asking another table to move for their desserts. Food wasnt worth the wait.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was there w/ a party of 8 last night for a 9pm reservation. After 45 mins of waiting in an sans air conditioned bar, we grew tired of paying for over-priced drinks. The manager did attempt to get us a table, but only at the expense of rudely asking another table to move for their desserts. Food wasnt worth the wait.

Cons: slow service, no ac

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WLO is not your typical Korean BBQ joint serving traditional large portion of kalbi and bulgoki. Rather, you'd go there for their inventive appetizers, BBQ seafood, nice atmosphere, and good drinks (last I went the Kamikaze was great!)

It's a bit pricey and portion is small, but I love the grilled scallops and shrimps, they were huge and fresh. Something you don't normally find in the US. (In Asia, it is very common to find large fresh seafood in restaurants.)

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★★★★★

WLO is not your typical Korean BBQ joint serving traditional large portion of kalbi and bulgoki. Rather, you'd go there for their inventive appetizers, BBQ seafood, nice atmosphere, and good drinks (last I went the Kamikaze was great!)

It's a bit pricey and portion is small, but I love the grilled scallops and shrimps, they were huge and fresh. Something you don't normally find in the US. (In Asia, it is very common to find large fresh seafood in restaurants.)

Pros: Yummy, Trendy

Cons: Pricey

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just fantastic in every way...but pricey. Food is a low carb lover's delight...grilled meat meat meat, salads...chic, trendy, but friendly...just perfect. One of my favorites in the city for several years now

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★★★★★

just fantastic in every way...but pricey. Food is a low carb lover's delight...grilled meat meat meat, salads...chic, trendy, but friendly...just perfect. One of my favorites in the city for several years now

Pros: grilled meats

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Despite bad reviews I read here, I still wen to check out the place for myself. I was not disappointed! the decor was nice, service was just perfect (prompt and helpful), and the food was delicious! We got to use a little grill on our table to make our own shrimp and fish, which was fun by itself, and came out tasty too! the Pino Noir wine I ordered was great. This place is perfect to go in small groups. Nice experience to share with friends. Yes, the place is not cheap (but what is nowdays?) but it was worth it. The dessert is amazing too (look and taste) I will come back there.

2
★★★★☆

Despite bad reviews I read here, I still wen to check out the place for myself. I was not disappointed! the decor was nice, service was just perfect (prompt and helpful), and the food was delicious! We got to use a little grill on our table to make our own shrimp and fish, which was fun by itself, and came out tasty too! the Pino Noir wine I ordered was great. This place is perfect to go in small groups. Nice experience to share with friends. Yes, the place is not cheap (but what is nowdays?) but it was worth it. The dessert is amazing too (look and taste) I will come back there.

Pros: ambience, food, drinks

Cons: price

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My wife and I had dinner here a week ago with several friends. To be fair, dinner was acceptable, though not authentic. The service was abominable, though they perked up when we all stood up to leave after waiting 30 minutes for our check. Having read some reviews here, we can't believe that anyone would be impressed with the "decor" or "clientele." If anything, the crowd (who seemed as if they'd never sat on chairs before) and the sad attempt at a trendy Soho look, detracted from passable food. To be clear, this is not a complaint about the prices, despite other reviews here. Just don't go.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I had dinner here a week ago with several friends. To be fair, dinner was acceptable, though not authentic. The service was abominable, though they perked up when we all stood up to leave after waiting 30 minutes for our check. Having read some reviews here, we can't believe that anyone would be impressed with the "decor" or "clientele." If anything, the crowd (who seemed as if they'd never sat on chairs before) and the sad attempt at a trendy Soho look, detracted from passable food. To be clear, this is not a complaint about the prices, despite other reviews here. Just don't go.

Cons: Service , Noise, Service again

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This restaurant does not respect reservations at all. The waitstaff is horrible. They brought a bunch of raw meat to the table and didn't indicate how long or how to cook it. They were over an hour behind on reservations. Overall a huge disappointment for NYC

1
★★☆☆☆

This restaurant does not respect reservations at all. The waitstaff is horrible. They brought a bunch of raw meat to the table and didn't indicate how long or how to cook it. They were over an hour behind on reservations. Overall a huge disappointment for NYC

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I dined here with my fellow co-workers a few weeks ago. We had reserved the private area upstairs and let me tell you, we had a blast. The soju was to die for and the food was nothing less than amazing. It's a great place to bring a few of your friends and take back some shots of soju and throw some meat on the grill. The waitstaff is very attentive and the manager keeps things running more than smoothly. Highly reccomended. thanks for the great time Woo!

2
★★★★★

I dined here with my fellow co-workers a few weeks ago. We had reserved the private area upstairs and let me tell you, we had a blast. The soju was to die for and the food was nothing less than amazing. It's a great place to bring a few of your friends and take back some shots of soju and throw some meat on the grill. The waitstaff is very attentive and the manager keeps things running more than smoothly. Highly reccomended. thanks for the great time Woo!

Pros: ambiance, soju, food

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Been to this restaurant twice so I definatly gave it a fair try. I had a reservation both times and waited 1 1/2 hrs. the first time and 50min. the second time. The food was mediocre and expensive the staff was terrible, inept (they brought us the wrong dishes and charged us incorrectly) not to mention extremely rude. I highly do not reccommend this place - it is so overrated. If you don't believe me just ask anyone that has actually been.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Been to this restaurant twice so I definatly gave it a fair try. I had a reservation both times and waited 1 1/2 hrs. the first time and 50min. the second time. The food was mediocre and expensive the staff was terrible, inept (they brought us the wrong dishes and charged us incorrectly) not to mention extremely rude. I highly do not reccommend this place - it is so overrated. If you don't believe me just ask anyone that has actually been.

Cons: , long wait time, mediocre food

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The food here is good, albeit expensive (24 bucks for a half dozen raw shrimp?) but this is not a korean restaurant. It is simply a Korean BBQ restaurant with other Korean flavored American food. The main problem is the price, outrageous. I guess if you want a "scene" and dont care about dropping a hundred for the same meal you can get in Koreatown for 40, then this is your place.

2
★★★★☆

The food here is good, albeit expensive (24 bucks for a half dozen raw shrimp?) but this is not a korean restaurant. It is simply a Korean BBQ restaurant with other Korean flavored American food. The main problem is the price, outrageous. I guess if you want a "scene" and dont care about dropping a hundred for the same meal you can get in Koreatown for 40, then this is your place.

Pros: nice atomosphere, good tasting food

Cons: , not traditional Korea

 

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