Expanding Korean Flavor
Korea just got closer to downtown Manhattan.
Barn Joo opened in March just north of Union Square. “It can be quite a trip to Koreatown,” executive director Seolbin Park said. Barn Joo offers Korean flavor, though not always in traditional Korean dishes.
The name translates two ways, said Ms. Park: “food accompanying drink” and “play the music.” The large space is made more intimate by transparent dividers and knotted ropes hanging from the ceiling, and the service is attentive and friendly.
Ms. Park said that the Korean fried chicken is a favorite, which is made with locally raised poultry. The BJ Wings ($13) come in varieties like soy garlic or simple salt and pepper. The chick bokki ($12), chopped chicken and a rice cake with Korean hot-pepper paste, is also popular.
The angry salmon roll ($17)—with salmon, fried shrimp and salmon roe—and the kimchi pancake ($12) are good starters to share with the table. Barn Joo offers lunch specials like bulgogi sliders (3 for $12) and like spicy pork or beef dup bap rice bowls ($12).
Barn Joo, 893 Broadway between 19th and 20th streets; open Sunday between noon and 11 p.m., Monday through Wednesday between noon and midnight, and Thursday through Saturday between noon and 1 a.m.; 646-398-9663.