It’s the kind of place that makes you feel as though you are stepping into a luxury land of culinary otherworldliness, while at the same time noshing at the dinner table with long-lost loved ones. Samwon Garden is the oldest and most famous Korean BBQ in Seoul, and now New Yorkers can step into the world steeped by tradition, a communal spirit, and famed succulent magic.
“Samwon” – which translates to “three-in-one” – refers to the three essential cornerstones of fine dining: food, service, and ambiance and doesn’t disappoint in any category. In the heart of Manhattan’s Koreatown and boasting three floors and 180 seats comprised of cozy booths and private dining rooms, it’s the only certified authentic restaurant with exclusive legal rights to the “diamond cut,” making it the only real Korean BBQ across the country. The patented cut, which allows the flavors to really penetrate every slice of meat and enhance the texture of every bite, softens even the toughest cut.
And indeed the most novice of KBBQ diners can spot the difference.
The signature Samwon Galbi (marinated shortrib), Mookeunji Samgyupsal (braised pork belly with fermented kimchi) and Yuk Hwe(Korean beef tartare) will leave you hankeringfor more no matter how full, topped off byage-old Korean favorites like the Gyeran Jjim(egg souf é) and Naeng Myun (cold noodle).
Each family-style table has a personalized grilland server, making each dining experience not only an unforgettable palatable delightwith its vast menu of proteins and vegetables, but a trip to a faraway land.
Moreover, Samwon is easy on the eyes with a soft ambiance and a décor that endeavors togo against the grain of old meets new, comfort meets trendy, wood meets metal – somewhatsymbolic of the importance of pairing old heritage and modernity.
Similarly, the chefs aren’t afraid to give thetraditional menu a modi ed Americana spineither. There are added items ranging from kimchi cheese fries and tuna poke to baconmung pancakes and LA Galbi – marinated LosAngeles-style beef short ribs.
Guests can pop in for a fast or long and lazy dining experience, which includes cuisines expertly coupled with wine, beer, and soju.
And what’s more, it’s the epitome of the KBBQ craze taking the health industry by storm withits unique pickled offerings and side dishes– which offer bene cial bacteria for the digestive system – and lean proteins for clear skin, strongbones and weight loss. Think endless platesof Kimchi (fermented cabbage) widely knownfor being a probiotic.
The attentive wait-staff is also quick to remindyou that from ancient times, food and re have been the hallmarks of bringing peopletogether in times of turbulence and indifference. That is no less relevant today.
Located at 37 West 32nd Street, between Fifthand Sixth Avenues, Samwon Garden is openevery day at 11 am Sunday through Wednesday it closes at 2.30 am and Thursday until 4.30am, and Friday and Saturday until 5.30 am. Reservations are recommended, but walk-insare accepted.
37 W 32nd St.
New York, NY 10001