$40 A Day in Koreatown


Craving Korean food in New York City but overwhelmed by the street of Korea Way? Conveniently located on 32nd and Broadway, Koreatown is one of New York City's most popular spots for food and drink. From sweet desserts to savory stews, you can find delicious options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, all for reasonable prices. Armed with $20 bills in each hand, here are our picks for making the most out of Koreatown on a budget:

Breakfast: Matcha Latte & Scone - $5

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There's no better way to start a long day of eating than satisfying your morning caffeine and pastry fix with an aromatic matcha latte complemented by a buttery scone. Koreans are crazy about all things coffee and dessert so don't be surprised when the quality and flavor compare with French and American counterparts. Insider tip: when ordering, ask for bear art on your latte.

Cup & Cup 15 E 31st St New York, NY 10016
Lunch: Spicy Tuna Tartare Bowl - $11

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Her Name is Han will quickly become your new favorite if you're looking for a hearty lunch option at a reasonable price. For just $11, indulge in a filling rice bowl topped with super fresh seasoned tuna sashimi, seasonal vegetables, and a perfectly poached egg. Their signature gochujang sauce provides the perfect level of sweet with a slightly spicy kick. Make sure to get there early as lines run out the door.

Her Name is Han 17 E 31st St New York, NY 10016
Dinner: Soft Tofu Stew - $13.99

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When thinking about Korean comfort food, a popular favorite is soondoobu, or soft tofu stew, and Five Senses definitely does not disappoint. With seafood, beef, and kimchi options, carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores alike will fall in love with this Korean staple. Paired with a bowl of rice and a handful of banchan, or Korean side dishes, this dish embodies all the characteristic flavors and comforts of Korean cuisine. Remember to crack the egg in while the stew is still sizzling hot!

Five Senses 9 W 32nd St New York, NY 10001
Dessert: Milk & Honey Snow Fluff Ice - $10

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A proper day of meal-hopping around Koreatown would not be complete without ending the night at one of Koreatown's most popular cafes, Grace Street. Their snow fluff ice, similar to Taiwanese-style shaved ice, is smooth and light in texture. Our favorite combination is sweet milk ice topped with honey boba, condensed milk, and strawberries - perfect for warmer spring and summer temps.

Grace Street 17 W 32nd St New York, NY 10001