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Korean Restaurant and Karaoke Bar$$$$
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY, Gowanus
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  • Sunny K.
    "Great bossam!! Really good selection of banchan."(3 Tips)
    Staff Picks
    "new Korean barbecue restaurant and karaoke lounge in Brooklyn"(8 Tips)
    Bin Y.
    "Gratuity included, so expect good service, otherwise call em out."(3 Tips)
    Angela
    "Bossam (the pork belly) was delicious but the rest of the food was..."(4 Tips)
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  • Chris G.
    Chris GampatSeptember 15
    Get the chicken
  • Eileen
    EileenApril 20
    Fried chicken was good. Skip the tteokbokki, it was too pan fried. 50% off karaoke Mon - Wed
  • Grace M.
    Grace MApril 17
    Very expensive ... not worth it.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FisherMarch 4
    Been here 5+ times
    The restaurant itself is a great place, but having eaten here more than a few times I have to say the food is pretty disappointing. If you want good Korean food stick to k-town in Manhattan.
  • Kathy L.
    Kathy LiuFebruary 10
    A lot of bonchons and delicious BBQ mushrooms
  • Kyle🥑 W.
    Karaoke rooms
  • Tessa B.
    Tessa BillJanuary 14
    Seoul dreams shoju cocktail
  • Joe N.
    Joe NazittoJanuary 6
    Killer Karaoke
  • Marianna F.
    Marianna FierroOctober 27, 2017
    Delicious seafood bbq and dumplings!
  • Brad B.
    Brad BensonOctober 14, 2017
    Great spot! Good ambiance, great food, attentive service & not too crowded. Gratuity is included in prices (so no tipping) and there are reasonably-priced, private karaoke rooms!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaSeptember 17, 2017
    Best of Time Out 2016: Blood sausage
  • Inna G.
    Inna GJuly 12, 2017
    Beef brisket is tasteless
  • Julie A.
    Julie AvraJune 18, 2017
    great place for a celebration! The Barbecue was excellent, have the dry aged steak, cocktails and sake delicious, and the kimchi fried rice w bacon was so smokey and delicious
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerJune 16, 2017
    The ribs made my friend cry. They're that good. He literally sat there weeping. If that's not an endorsement, I don't know what is. The mushrooms are fantastic!
  • Eunie
    EunieMarch 25, 2017
    Get the ice cream...It's AMAZING
  • Nikki
    NikkiMarch 12, 2017
    gratuity included is an ok idea, but it's still pretty expensive, especially with how damn crave-able every dish is. one is not enough. three is not enough!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJanuary 30, 2017
    This place is really good. The fried chicken is a must. The tequila with agave vinegar cocktail is delicious with just the right amount of spice. No reservations for under 6 people.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh HarringtonJanuary 22, 2017
    Loved the rice cakes, the breakfast hash, and of course the Korean BBQ! Good place for a big group of friends.
  • Tatum L.
    Tatum LadeJanuary 6, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork belly is good. Fried chicken, if you like sweet, fried stuff. Solid Brooklyn interpretation of classic Korean dishes.
  • Eunie
    EunieDecember 4, 2016
    Get your own mochi waffle during brunch! You won't want to share it
  • Ilie K.
    Ilie KimDecember 4, 2016
    Very tender (but a little bland) soondae. Stay away from the budae chigae. Very bad.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RoseOctober 15, 2016
    Fried chicken, blood sausage, mai tais and Karaoke
  • Alex P.
    Alex ProbaOctober 14, 2016
    Nothing is good here . Worst service ever. Don't go. Overpriced as well.
  • Carlos T.
    Carlos TasconOctober 7, 2016
    Too expensive for the food. Good experience
  • Gideon O.
    Gideon OlshanskySeptember 24, 2016
    Karaoke rooms are so fun
  • Lisac0718
    Lisac0718September 10, 2016
    Ordered fried chicken, the pieces with bones were raw! The muscles in the tofu soup tastes bad! However, it is a nice place to hang out and grab drinks.
  • Sophie O.
    Sophie OmnomAugust 25, 2016
    Korean BBQ in a fun and modern setting, with karaoke rooms in the back
  • David B.
    David BlackmanJuly 21, 2016
    Dolsot Bibimbap and fried chicken are the standouts. Huge space. Haven't found the right BBQ meat yet.
  • Peter C.
    Peter CucèJuly 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the better Korean food in NYC, produced by the owners of another fave, The Good Fork. Great quality ingredients, good beer list, weekend lunch. Service is a bit unfocused and mostly non-Korean
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DolbowJuly 3, 2016
    Tiki cocktails, 노래방
  • Ro
    RoMay 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Korean Bbq!!!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinMay 7, 2016
    Double however much bulgogi you were going to order, drink a bunch and then make your way to the Jungle Room in the back to belt your heart out
  • Saba N.
    Saba NekoMay 4, 2016
    Cocktails are very good, karaoke is fun, chicken and service are only okay
  • Sunny K.
    Sunny KimApril 30, 2016
    Great bossam!! Really good selection of banchan. Haven't had barbecue here and would love to come back!
  • Liz
    LizApril 30, 2016
    Authentic food in a cool setting, very good service, beef brisket bbq so good
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YeagerApril 26, 2016
    Five private karaoke rooms - four 10 person rooms for $60/hour & one 22 person room for $160/hour. Call ahead for reservations! :)
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HealyApril 24, 2016
    Barbecue marinated short rib is tender and flavorful.
  • Robert S.
    Robert StewartMarch 27, 2016
    Dolsot Bibimbap
  • Tim F.
    Tim FrietasMarch 10, 2016
    Do the BBQ, enjoy the great banchan. Mandatory 20% charge for all parties to provide servers a living wage.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MooreMarch 5, 2016
    Everything. Incredibly delicious and the sweetest, best staff of any restaurant I've been to. Seriously.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorFebruary 10, 2016
    Beautiful space and wonderful staff. Still working out kinks with food but would definitely come back. Great bar also.
  • Drew
    DrewJanuary 23, 2016
    Can't believe how expensive this was for how much food we actually got. Compulsory 20%tip added to the bill after tax, regardless of service quality. Put the tip into the menu price.
  • Adam
    AdamJanuary 23, 2016
    Super expensive for incredibly small portions.
  • Zack K.
    Zack KantorJanuary 22, 2016
    Great Dining for Friends
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonJanuary 18, 2016
    The fried chicken is absolutely delicious. If you go with a large party (7 or more), get a whole. As far as cocktails go, the tiger's whisker is awesome. Get some karaoke in, too! Super fun spot.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Savannah P.
    Savannah PetrickJanuary 18, 2016
    karaoke rooms are a great value ($60/60 min for a room that fits 10 people)
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanJanuary 18, 2016
    Really great group dining spot. BBQ + Beer Pitchers + Soju + Karaoke = Great Night
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangJanuary 18, 2016
    Galbi here is great, served alongside all you can eat banchan. Share some stews (soondubu is solid) and start with some haemul pajeon. Gratuity included, so expect good service, otherwise call em out.
    Upvoted Aug 13
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJanuary 18, 2016
    Beautiful space with tasty Korean BBQ. Decent prices and cocktails are good
  • Borahm C.
    Borahm ChoJanuary 10, 2016
    The short rib bbq is great and the meat Mandu. Kimchi fried rice is also ok. I don't recommend the pork belly. In general fresh ingredient, but really loud in there.definitely a great addition.
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