Pocha 32

Korean Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Koreatown, New York
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 11, 2013
    A favorite Koreatown spot with plenty of soju and beer to wash down the spicy food. Don't miss the budae jjigae; one order is enough to serve three or four.
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaNovember 4, 2015
    Likely to have a hefty wait but put your name down and they'll text you. Food is ok - korean street/bar food but decor and ambiance are fantastic. Best to come in a group.
  • Rudy G.
    Rudy GironNovember 7, 2013
    Try the Squid stuffed with ground pork - This is some of the best Korean food I have ever had. If in NYC and you like Korean food, put this on your bucket list.
  • MarMar D.
    MarMar DarNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands dwn ..Go 2place 4 sum fab Korean food. Ive been come'b here 4 the past few years n i take out of towners here. U wiill just b treated horribly if u Rn't Korean. TIP: have a Korean friend with u!
  • S_J L.
    S_J LMarch 4, 2015
    Watermelon soju is my fav ;) their messy decor is kinda cool. squid soondae, spicy mussel soup, n seafood pancakes r my go to menu with soju ;P
  • Olga G.
    Olga GarmataSeptember 28, 2013
    Don't hesitate to order watermelon soju and pork belly stuffed squid! Portions are huge (at least for me). Oh and the food is spicy ;) enjoy!
  • Bee W.
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 9, 2016
    I had this amazing soup with a chewy noodle, forgot the name but it was super tasty! Also get the soju served in a watermelon!!
  • Valentina S.
    Valentina S.June 16, 2012
    Well worth it just for the atmosphere! Love the fact that the walls are covered in a green net, just write a message on you chopstick paper and leave it there! :)
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica B.August 30, 2013
    The food is amazing, udon is delightfully chewy, spicy pork has amazing flavor. Watermelon soju is indeed tasty.
  • Nicholas M.
    Nicholas McCrayAugust 23, 2010
    The budae jigae and yogurt soju were incredible. Unless you have a medical condition which prevents you from drinking alcohol, for the love of whatever spiritual deity you follow, get the yogurt soju.
  • Doris H.
    Doris HuMay 16, 2015
    The squid stuffed with pork was amazing! Didn't care for the watermelon soju (very watered down).
  • Tara S.
    Tara SuanMay 3, 2015
    Has a lot of charm in an army-tent-under-the-sea feel. No, that did not make sense, but you'll see. We got a seafood pancake and bulgogi, yummy.
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YFebruary 24, 2015
    Alison says: "If you decide to stop by Koreatown, this is a fun place; get the budae jigae (serves 3+) and watermelon soju"
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HeOctober 10, 2014
    Watermelon soju is a must. Order another bottle of soju to add to it cause it's not very strong. Good is pretty good, too.
  • Albert T.
    Albert TongDecember 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the boodae jungol if you are adventurous in a group setting. Sounds weird but delicious!
  • Susie Y.
    Susie YinAugust 9, 2014
    Watermelon soju is obviously the thing to get, but best to get it in season, dukbokki and japchae are great too
  • Bryant B.
    Bryant BalatbatAugust 22, 2015
    Budae-jjigae was weirdly delicious. Don't describe it to friends who are about to try it for the first time. Let them just have it. Don't get the watermelon soju.
  • Leah
    LeahOctober 12, 2012
    This place was fabulous. A little Korean hole-in-wall. Kinda small, but it has character. Great selection of food!
  • Sam H.
    Sam HJanuary 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The go-to spot for watermelon soju and some filling budaejigae. Order for the table and have it family style
  • Mike S.
    Mike ShermanJanuary 14
    Soju punches a great, be warned the pineapple is small. Squid soondae is excellent--squid stuffed with pulled pork!
  • Maryam A.
    Maryam AlyMay 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Watermelon soju or you'll regret it. Also, the dried squid is a good snack.
  • Owen H.
    Owen HerterichAugust 28, 2016
    Great little upstairs spot, sort of a mix between a bar and restaurant. Try the watermelon soju
  • Prathmesh J.
    Prathmesh JadhavAugust 11, 2013
    It's amusing to see how every server serves every customer.. The watermelon soju is awesome.. Will surely return.
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuAugust 10, 2014
    Everyone who cones here gets the watermelon soju, and for good reason. Their stews are also quite good.
  • Regina C.
    Regina ChanApril 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The buddae jigae, squid stuffed with spicy pork, and the watermelon soju has me coming back again and again.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 12, 2015
    The Squid Soondae (spuid filled with pork belly) is a must have
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengDecember 19, 2015
    Watermelon Soju is a must, along with bulgogi rice!
  • Nicolo S.
    Nicolo ScalaDecember 22, 2012
    It worth a visit. Try the bulgoki rice. If you love weird place, you will love this one!
  • Being Fatty
    Being FattyApril 13, 2015
    Watermelon soju!!!! And shrimp on salt and the crispy kimchee pancake
  • Julia Kwan
    Julia KwanJanuary 17, 2015
    Watermelon soju & squid stuffed with pork belly👍👍👍
  • Saba N.
    Saba NekoSeptember 12, 2016
    Decent food, the watermelon/pineapple soju and the atmosphere is very fun! Good for a group
  • Audrey S.
    Audrey ShiuSeptember 21, 2015
    The watermelon and yoghurt soju drinks are awesome!!!
  • Brian Christopher
    Brian ChristopherJuly 16, 2014
    Get the squid stuffed with pork belly. And don't tip the waitstaff they're all dicks.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuNovember 13, 2014
    The Korean version of chicken and rice, as in a gathering of drunks at the end of a night to grub. Food is so good.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesOctober 22, 2015
    Super funky environment. Love the atmosphere.
  • Mary P.
    Mary PMay 6, 2013
    Went upstairs, followed instructions to leave our name and wait downstairs. 20 minutes later after wondering how everyone who went upstairs never came back down turns out they were all seated. WTF.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 12, 2015
    Boodae Jungol (kimchi, spam, ramen carousel) is delcious
  • Sean S.
    Sean StenstromFebruary 25, 2014
    Korean place upstairs. Get the watermelon cocktail and the soldier soup.
  • Joe K.
    Joe KileyOctober 8, 2016
    Get the pineapple and watermelon drinks. Incredibly unique and strong too!
  • Helen
    HelenDecember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They request you give cash tip..So if I have no cash, I'm not going to tip. Service is the worst. But I can't stop coming here cuz their food is so damn good. The dduk boki and haemuhl pajun is a win
  • Long C.
    Long CaoJune 7, 2012
    Get the watermelon soju and the spicy stew with hot dogs and spam!
  • Michelle
    MichelleJuly 30, 2015
    Melona soju is just as amazing, if not better than the watermelon soju!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesOctober 22, 2015
    The most fun place in K Town. One of my favorite Korean restaurants in New York City.
  • Harish K.
    Harish KrishnaOctober 1, 2014
    Definitely get the Budae jjigai and scallion pancake as an appetizer!
  • Celia
    CeliaSeptember 8, 2012
    Can't leave without trying the watermelon Soju! It's a perfect combo with any of the casseroles.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LeeJanuary 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Jjam Pong Tang here is off the hook. Pair with some Soju, and the night can't get any better!
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeJanuary 16
    Chill place to hang out with friends at night. Serves food as well
  • Joyce C.
    Joyce ChongFebruary 25, 2015
    Watermelon soju + kimchi pancake is all you need. Maybe some dukbokki too
  • John C.
    John CookMay 9, 2011
    Budae jijage is a must. Also try the pig intestine :) oh and they accept amex!
  • Jen S.
    Jen ShinFebruary 19, 2015
    get the boodaejigae and the watermelon soju for a night out!
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