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Fried Chicken and Tea in KTown

Manhattan-Midtown East

Korea Town is a one block radius, jam packed area with a lot of hidden spots to eat & drink, play, and socialize. It almost feels hidden because of the small strip it lives on. This guide will give you the perfect options while in Korea Town whether you’re new to the city or not.

Louis S.Louis S.

Louis was born and raised in Detroit. After attending college at Syracuse, he moved to the city to work in the entertainment industry including roles at MTV and Nickelodeon. He is an exercise enthusiast and wellness nut! You can catch him riding his bike along the Hudson in the morning and boxing at night. He is an avid user of Snapchat, and although he can’t sing he remains active in the creative and business side of music industry as well!

Turntable Chicken JazzRestaurants & Cafes
Korean fried chicken, sides & beer towers in a buzzy space with a DJ spinning vintage vinyl.
(212) 714-9700website
20 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001

If you consider yourself a foodie you will want to visit Turntable Chicken Jazz. This is by far my favorite fried chicken spot in NYC. It’s very popular with the locals, and a great spot to get your night started. The place has a great vibe inside and there is music memorabilia throughout the space. I recommend ordering the seafood pancake, kimchi fried rice and something from their great selection of beers and mixed drinks. For the main course I recommend, of course, their Korean fried chicken. My personal favorite is the garlic soy fried chicken. This flavor melts in your mouth- you won’t be disappointed!

Gong ChaCoffee
Bubble tea store
(646) 998-4362website
12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

After Turntable head a block north to the K-town strip for some bubble tea at Gong Cha. What is bubble tea? It’s flavored tea with tapioca gelatin balls at the bottom of the drink that you can chew while sipping the tea. At first the texture may seem a little bizarre (if you’ve never had it) but the flavors mesh together well and it’s a delightful treat to have after a big Korean fried chicken meal. I recommend a milk based tea but if dairy is not your friend there are other options as well! It might take a while to choose which one to get due to their huge selection.

Third Floor CafeBars & Lounges
Swanky upstairs lounge featuring creative cocktails & Korean eats plus a happening happy-hour scene.
315 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

Just 300 ft away is a place called Third Floor Cafe. It’s a great lounge to cap the night off. It doesn’t matter where you sit; the vibes here are great. There are two sections to sit in; the area to eat in and the area to party. The coolest views are by the window sill. It’s pretty large inside so there should be spots available. The music is great so sit back and enjoy while checking out their amazing cocktail list. I highly recommend exploring their soju cocktail options. If you’re not familiar with this drink, ask the waitress for one of their recommendations. The rest of the night is up to you!

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