Sleek, modern, and smokeless, Kristalbelli stands counter to what most people expect from Korean barbecue. So do the shiny crystal grills from which the eatery gets its name. But though the New York Times Critics' Pick might be like nothing you've ever seen before, tradition falls into step with innovation here under the guidance of Chef Kay Hyun. Trained at SoHo's French Culinary Institute, she long dreamed of making Korean food as ubiquitous to Americans as Italian and Mexican. With Kristalbelli's appealing mix of traditional and fusion dishes and the opportunity to cater the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the 2014 Grammys New York Pre-Party, she's made a great start at making her own wish come true.
The Grill: Made of natural stone, Kristalbelli's crystal grills cook meat two to three times faster than traditional metallic grills?and look good doing it, too. Each translucent cooking surface is inset in the round belly of a golden buddha-like figure, who smiles up at diners from the center of their table. Since the food cooks so quickly, servers watch over the grill themselves, stirring and flipping morsels to ensure each one cooks evenly. The high temperature of the grilling surface gives each slice of meat a nice sear, while infrared rays from within the crystal help heat penetrate deep inside.
From the Press * Zagat's review notes that Kristalbelli's "'classy' yet 'hip' vibe matches the 'high-end' Korean cuisine offered at this 'Rolls Royce'?esque K-town restaurant/lounge where the 'refined' dishes include meats that diners barbecue on 'cool', smoke-free crystal grills; 'attentive' staffers help distract from the 'pricey' tabs." * The Michelin Guide raves about Kristalbelli's "well-trained service team and very talented kitchen." * New York Magazine praises its "sleek style and upmarket menu." * A New York Times Critics' Pick
Season your day with some Korean-style spice in New York's Clinton area — check out Bann Restaurant for dinner and save the leftovers for next day's lunch. Plan to indulge a bit at Bann Restaurant, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare. Toast your evening out at Bann Restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. At Bann Restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome. Bann Restaurant is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. Eat outdoors Bann Restaurant (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are. No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Bann Restaurant — it's strictly casual. Grab your meal to go at Bann Restaurant if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service! Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Bann Restaurant also offers catering.
Bann Restaurant patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the West 50th Street location. If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with nearby stops at 50 St. (A, C, E), 50 St. (1, 2), and 49 St. (N, Q, R).
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet. Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Order traditional kimchi or branch out of your comfort zone at Shilla — this Korean eatery is hard to beat. The menu at Shilla does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Shilla has a BYOB policy, so feel free to share a bottle of your best wine or bring your favorite six-pack. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Shilla has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Shilla just as much as their parents do. Get your whole crew together at Shilla, offering lots of special space for larger parties.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time. The dress code at Shilla is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you. You can also serve food from Shilla at your next party — the restaurant offers catering. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Shilla's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Shilla — prices are generally less than $30 per person. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served. Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the restaurant will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
Both vegetarians and carnivores can share a table at Mill Korean Restaurant — this Korean restaurant serves protein-heavy plates alongside delicious veggie dishes. Health nuts will be pleased with the menu at Mill Korean Restaurant, which includes a number of fresh, nutritious items. Mill Korean Restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Mill Korean Restaurant. During the summer months, don't miss out on Mill Korean Restaurant's outdoor patio seating. A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table. Dress is typically casual at Mill Korean Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking. If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with stops conveniently located at 116 St. - Columbia University (1), Cathedral Pkwy (1), and 103 St. (1).
A meal at Mill Korean Restaurant will typically set you back about $30. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Season your day with some Korean-style spice — go to Food Gallery 32 for dinner and save the leftovers for next day's lunch. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Little guys and gals will also love dining at Food Gallery 32, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). Find ample room to enjoy yourself at Food Gallery 32 — this spot caters to large groups.
Food Gallery 32 is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). Or, take your grub to-go.
Food Gallery 32 patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the W 32nd St location. If you're not in the mood to drive, hop on public transportation instead; nearby stops include 34 St. - Herald Sq (B, D, F, M, N, Q, R), 28 St. (N, R), and 33 St. (4, 6, 6X).
With prices generally staying under $15, you can easily afford to treat a pal or a data at Food Gallery 32.
Shanghai Mong's eclectic menu of flavorful soups, texture-rich pho, and shareable starter plates entices appetites with broad-spectrum cooking styles served up 24 hours a day. Like a hot air-balloon expedition during the rainy season, the bill of fare takes diners on a whirlwind tour of Asia, with detours by colorful Vietnamese and Korean noodle dishes before dropping by China's fried rice and tenderloin chop steak in spicy szechuan sauce. Plates entice the eye with vibrantly colored spices coating the crispy duck, glazed with a sweet soy-plum sauce, and Mara beef with fresh green beans and bright jalapeños. As diners clack onyx-hued chopsticks or clink glasses of authentic Chinese liquor, deep red accents cocoon guests in a soothing ambience, as flickering chandeliers cast a low, golden light on the feastings and set a stage for finger-puppet operas.