by Joanna Weinstein, 10/12/2011
(From left) Chorus Karaoke Lounge & Suites, courtesy SB Design • Koreatown photo by Alexander Thompson
As New Yorkers know, NYC is chockablock with ethnic communities. In Manhattan, for example, Little Italy has a reputation for pizza and pasta. And Chinatown is renowned for being one of the oldest Chinese communities in the United States, as well as the home of Canal Street bargains. Brooklyn's Brighton Beach neighborhood is known for its tight-knit, Russian-speaking community and the vibrant shops and food emporiums frequented by those who love knishes and vodka. In Midtown Manhattan, meanwhile, there's another enclave: Koreatown, which offers a plethora of options for visitors, in addition to good old Korean barbecue. (That said, it's hard not to love Korean barbecue; for all you can eat, see our roundup.) From a spa that's open 24 hours a day and a dessert shop that serves Asian delicacies to a cutting-edge karaoke lounge and a bookstore that sells American classics in Korean, K-town dishes out a slice of Seoul right here in New York City.