Grace Street

Merry Christmas everyone! It’s cold outside, perfect weather to curl up with warm blankets and…some piping hot Korean desserts?

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Grace Street is a coffee shop in Koreatown that has a beautiful interior of luxurious couches and wooden tables. Plenty of natural light streams in from the glass enclosing in the front. Lots of people were here catching up with friends or studying. Their specialty is Korean doughnuts (ho-dduk) which they explained to me were filled with brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts.

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I almost burned my mouth not realizing that the doughnut comes out really hot. It’s crispy on the outside with a ooey melty center. Yums! This was quite sweet, which was unexpected for an Asian dessert. You can also order it with ice cream, which sounds like an amazing combination.

Grace Street
17 W 32nd St (btw 5th and Broadway) New York, NY 10001

Seoul Garden

Korean barbeque is one of those things that I love but rarely go to because I hate how the smells stick to your hair and clothes. Should I wear clothes that I don’t care about? But I also want to look presentable and not stomp down the street wearing oversized sweats. What if I have a destination after the meal? Do I want to go there smelling like marinated beef? Maybe if I were hungry, I wouldn’t mind that smell, but if you’ve just stuffed your face, it can be kind of sickening.

Wow. That was a very whiny and unappetizing intro. I’m sorry. Seoul Garden is great! Here’s what I ate:

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The side dishes include kimchi of the cabbage and cucumber variety, radish, crab, chives, bean sprouts, fish cakes, and pumpkin.

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Racks of marinated kalbi or beef short rib lying on the grill. The wait staff will do all the work for you: cutting up the meat, flipping over the meat, turning the grill on and off. Thank goodness they do because I don’t have a clue about how to handle a grill.

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We also got an order of spicy pork, which has a delicious sweet tang to it. I like to make little wraps with the lettuce, stuffed with some rice, meat, and veggies. You can make a different combination every time. Food is always more fun to eat when you get to dip, fold, stack, or play with it first. Think fondue, hot pot, and LUNCHABLES! Remember those? Best lunch (or rather snack because they were never enough to fill me up) ever!

Seoul Garden
34 W 32nd St 2nd Fl (btw Broadway & 5th) New York, NY 10001