Koreatown in New York City…

Passed through K-Town today on my lunch and took a few shots of all the different restaurants and karaoke spots I saw.

See What Eye See..

Here is a little history about K-Town…

Koreatown, or K-town as it is colloquially known, is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan that is generally bordered by 31st and 36th Streets and Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenues. Its location in Midtown Manhattan is close to the Empire State Building and Macy’s at Herald Square.

It all started with a bookstore and a couple of all-night restaurants that served New York’s burgeoning Korean population—who emigrated to this country in three distinct waves starting in the early 1900s—and who famously ran New York City’s market on late-night grocery stores and delis.

The heart of Koreatown is the segment of 32nd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is also officially nicknamed “Korea Way.” Though only one city block long, Korea Way features stores and restaurants on multiple stories, with small, independently-run establishments reaching up to the third or fourth floors. The New York City Korean Chamber of Commerce estimates there are more than 100 small businesses on Korea Way.

It’s all about karaoke. But here there’s none of that bar business, where strangers have to suffer through your rendition of “The Rose.” K-town’s got real Asian karaoke—where a reasonable hourly rate gets you a room, a couch, a microphone, a flat-screen TV, a songbook in myriad languages, and, if you’re lucky, a battery-powered tambourine and the ability to BYOB.

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2 thoughts on “Koreatown in New York City…

  1. I just know my son (who lived with wife and new baby daughter in Seoul for almost 3 years) has gone here when he is in town on business or passing through or just visiting his sister, my daughter, who lives in the East Village, a little to the south of K-Town. I am posting this on Facebook for all friends and family to enjoy!

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