At Ktown. I never thought there was some fancy restaurant in this place. It is at office building and the floor is at the top of that building. The view is good. We've came here for some drink so I'm not so familiar about there food but it seems like they are selling the view and ambience.
- Everyone arrives, be seated
- Fancy place (not a money-friendly Korean restaurant)
- Drink menu is good.
- Nice view from 43rd floor
- Food is okay
Not bad at all. Yet, no WOW moment during the restaurant experience. Okay place for nice dinner with no demand/expectation.
Elevated Korean #BBQ ! Awesome dinner tonight at gaonnurinyc, the highest Korean restaurant in the world. Aptly named "center of the world", luckily its stunning views of #NYC match the elegant refined Korean cuisine it offers. Fab dining with fellow unbuttoningpants hungrynyc and food.drunk for korean_nyc and #NYCRestaurantWeek!
Gaonnuri is a relatively new restaurant that opened on the 39th floor of an office building in Koreatown on the corner of 32nd and Broadway. The word "gaon" means middle, and I was told "nuri" means place so this translates to middle place...which I took to mean its location in Koreatown, basically "midtown".
I've read a few reviews/articles about the restaurant, and to be honest, I wasn't that eager to try it. To me, Korean food equals homestyle comfort, so a fancy pants restaurant seemed like the antithesis of what I would want.
A few of my friends (both Korean and non-Korean) started to get in touch with me to see if I had tried it as well as to give me feedback, so I thought I should check it out. Fortunately, I had a meeting in Koreatown, and I suggested Gaonnuri for lunch afterwards.
You shoot up to the 39th floor, and I will say... the city and Hudson River views are pretty fantastic. The restaurant is quite large and modern looking with a bar and a separate bar seating area. Although there were a ton of available tables in the dining room, we were still asked to wait longer than I would've expected.
Our table, and it seemed that most tables, had built-in BBQ grills, but we didn't have BBQ to check it out. The pricing at lunch is comparable, or maybe a touch more expensive, than most of the other Korean restaurants around.
Service was a little confused, so we flagged down a waiter so we could place our orders. I decided on daegu maewuntang (spicy codfish soup), which is my Korean lunch go-to, and I convinced my lunch partner to share an appetizer of yukhoe (Korean steak tartare) as an appetizer with me.
The lightly seasoned raw beef was still a touch frozen which seems to be the norm for yukhoe that I've had in Manhattan. It was served with julienned Korean pear, red pepper and garlic slivers. This yukhoe was fine, but certainly not exceptional (to Korea standards); however, it was much better than some others I've tried here, and if I returned, I would probably order it again.
The maewuntang, on the other hand, was beyond average and actually disappointing. It was served in the typical Korean stoneware pot so the soup would stay hot, but it wasn't served bubbling hot to begin with (the way it should be served) so there wasn't much heat to retain. Plus, the seasoning wasn't that spicy or flavorful.
Gaonnuri doesn't serve a tableful of banchan like typical Korean restaurants. Instead you get this dish of three bites; ours included chicken meatballs, a white kimchi and, I think, apple kimchi. When I requested regular kimchi, the server looked confused. I eventually got a small bowl of overly fermented kimchi. I kinda judge my Korean restaurants on their kimchi. Disappointing.
My overall first impression is that the restaurant is more geared towards non-Koreans although there were plenty of Korean people dining when I dined there. That said, I would definitely return for a big BBQ dinner to check out the meats and see if a full dinner is a more authentic experience than the formal lunch.
Gaonnuri, Midtown East, NYC
One doesn’t get many opportunities to dine on the 39th floor with majes
tic sweeping views of the city anymore.
Gaonnuri, which means “center of the world” in Korean is one of the few spots left that allows you that luxury. This modern space has rather a formal clientele – a lot of the patrons are Korean business people.
Lunch offers a good deal and allows a nice sampling of their dishes. The menu is traditional Korean overseen by Chef Tae Goo Kang who has cooked in the kitchens of Nobu 57 and The Modern.
The food is good but not quite as spectacular as the views but it certainly is a spot to consider.
Here is some of what we ate:
Tofu Pancake Sampler With Beef, Perilla Leaf, Shrimp And Fish Steamed Pork With Spicy Special Kimchi Mushroom Bokkeum Bansang Galbi Black Cod Jorim Sides
A toast to the world from the top floor of a Manhattan penthouse. Finished off a night of exquisite Korean BBQ at gaonnurinyc with a glass of hennessyus and a deconstructed peanut butter cup. The product of a surprise dinner by the lovely--my muse, and gorgeous companion--jaclynjoslin The greatest gift as a traveler is to share the world; to conspire en masse with great movements of cultural awareness; to reap the harvest of our ancestors and, of course, to drink and make merry with the citizens of the world. I'd love to see a shot of your favorite drinking-hole--#AToastToTheWorld (let's get this hashtag rolling!) See you there Photo (2014)
Goannuri states right on its website "The World's Highest Authentic Korean Restaurant." Located on the top floor of an office building in Korea town, I found myself getting butterflies of excitement on the long elevator ride up. The doors opened onto an impressive room with windows on both sides, a long bar up front and a sleek looking lounge area to the right. Even though it was overcast and rainy, I still thought the view from the floor to ceiling windows was pretty incredible. However the terrible weather seemed to have kept the crowds away as only two other tables were enjoying lunch when I arrived.
I was a little worried a place with this gorgeous space and fantastic views would be ridiculously expensive but I found the menu to be quite reasonable. Both the lunch Bansang and Barbecue were right around $20 for each set and the wines by the glass hovered right around $11 a glass. Both seemed like to much food for mid-day so I just ordered Yukhoe- Beef Tartare marinated with sesame oil and soy.
I'm not exactly sure why this dish arrived with tongs as I wasn't about to cook it so I just laid them to the side. As usual with most Korean places the beef arrived almost ice cold. I always find this a bit unpleasant for both the texture and flavor of the beef so I always let it rest a bit before diving in.
Once it warmed I was able to enjoy the deep mineral flavor of the beef, only marred slightly by a bit of over-seasoning from the soy. The sliced peppers and garlic on the bottom provided a nice contrast to the meat and the portion size was more than ample. I pleasantly full and satisfied after finishing this dish.
Gaonurri is definitely a place trying to impress. The gorgeous views, fresh cut flower arrangements and unobtrusive service make the whole place feel special. This is quite an oasis of extravagance in the middle of Korea town.
You might think of Manhattan’s Koreatown as one nondescript low-class barbecue place after another. That would be unjust to one, at least: Gaonnuri, a new upscale spot with a $5+ million opening budget.
What did all that money buy? A stunning space on the 39th floor of a midtown office building, where Koreatown meets Herald Square. It’s the brainchild of architect Andy Sung, a native Korean, who saw the potential in a formerly windowless top-floor that once held ventilation and mechanical equipment.
Sung needs to sell a lot of barbecue to get that money back. Gaonnuri seats 250, and it was no more than 10 percent full on a recent evening, although the Post’s Steve Cuozzo found it busy at lunch.
It isn’t easily found. From the outside, there’s no indication that the building houses a restaurant. When you go in, a hostess checks your name on a reservation list, and only then allows you past the skyscraper’s security system, and onto the elevator.
It makes SHO Shaun Hergatt seem positively easy to get to, and we know how that turned out. Once you’re in, the décor is spectacular, but to some it may feel like a generic upscale Asian hotel restaurant (another charge unfairly leveled at Hergatt).
No one will complain about the unobstructed panoramas of the Empire State Building and the Hudson River. Cuozzo says that these are the best restaurant views since the RainbowRoom closed, and I’ve no reason to doubt him.
Prices are higher than the Koreatown average, but certainly not extortionate, as they tend to be at restaurants with views. The menu is lengthy and a bit confusing. There’s a list of cold and hot dishes that seem to be appetizers, but most of them come in small ($8–15) and large ($15–26) sizes.
Entrées, found on another page, are $15–28. Korean Barbecue is a separate listing, with individual portions $25–34 and platters for two at $60, $90, or $120. Hotpots are $50 for two people.
Cocktails ($10–13) and beers ($7–8) are comparatively inexpensive, and the wine list has plenty of bottles below $50. However, I chose an imported Korean bottled beverage, the Chamisul Fresh ($16; above right), which I can’t begin to describe.
We started with the Sanchae Bibimbap ($18), one of eight varieties of the dish offered here: a serving of mixed vegetables, shown in the photo (above) before it was mixed into a bowl of rice. It appears on the menu as an entrée, though we shared it as a starter.
Yes, I said it’s a bit confusing.
We ordered the $60 barbecue platter, which starts with a salad that resembles cole slaw (above left) and a spicy soup (above right).
There’s a wide variety of condiments and sauces (above left), and I didn’t photograph all of them, along with three meats (above right): beef brisket, pork belly, and galbi, a marinated beef short rib.
As at other Korean barbecue spots, there’s a grill built into every table. As the restaurant was fairly empty, the server cooked the food for us, although when it’s busy I assume this is left up to the customer. The food was excellent, with high-quality ingredients, well prepared.
Gaonnuri is only about a month old. Service is extremely attentive, but the kinks haven’t been worked out. Some of the servers can’t quite explain the menu—or at least, not in English. Bar tabs aren’t transferred to the table.
Is Gaonnuri for you? I didn’t mind spending $120 for two (before tip) for a comfortable, quiet dinner in a gorgeous space, with the best views in town. But you can go down the block, eat in a low-class space, with the food not as good, and spend a lot less. This is a Korean barbecue I’d go back to; the others aren’t.
How they expect to fill 250 seats every night is a good question.
Food: Very good classic Korean cuisine, highlighted by the barbecue
Service: Attentive and doting, though still learning the rops
Ambiance: A stunning multi-million-dollar space with the best views in town
Located on the 39th floor ''Gaonnuri'' Ktown
This is like no other Korean restaurant along the Ktown block. It's Gaonnuri means 'center of the world' I was here for birthday dinner with large group.This is a great venue for a special occasion like company Holiday dinner. Located on the 39th penthouse floor at the corner building of Broadway, it offers stunning panoramic floor to ceiling views of the city below. My favorite two dishes from dinner were Japchae glass noodle & Spicy cod fish.
Black Cod Jorim braised with spicy sauce $30 ♥♥♥♥
Japchae stir-fried glass noodles with shredded beef & vegetables $18 ♥♥♥1/2
Grilled shrimps ♥♥♥
Octopus Dolsot spicy octopus ♥♥♥1/2
Squid Dolsot spicy squid ♥♥♥
Cutie Patroller is always on the prowl in Downtown NYC for cute places & great food
Gaonnuri means “the center of the world” in Korean. Such a perfect description of this new Koreatown restaurant, located in a gorgeous space with stunning views overlooking Manhattan.The seven course seasonal tasting menu consisted of refined, modern dishes that incorporated traditional Korean flavors and ingredients. Everything was delicious, and I especially enjoyed the marinated galbi and broiled black cod. I have never had Korean food like this before, and am looking forward to going back to Gaonnuri for the next seasonal tasting in the spring!
TOFU SALAD –
Crispy tofu with omiza reduction
RIB-EYE PYEONCHAE –
Seared rib-eye thinly sliced with assorted vegetables
Korean pancake sampler with fish, beef and vegetable
BLACK COD –
Broiled black cod with soy bean sauce
MARINATED GALBI –
Beef short rib marinated in our signature sauce
DECONSTRUCTED SOO JEONG KWA –
Poached Korean pear, yakgwa, cinnamon chantilly, ginger ice cream, pear sorbet
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Gaonnuri is a Korean restaurant in the Midtown West area of of New York City. The restaurant has an average rating of three and a half stars with 60% of the reviewers rating it four stars or above.
The galbi is a very popular dish among reviewers and the dolsot bibimbap also has its fans. Some reviewers find the quality to be just average compared to similar restaurants, but the prices were high. Reviewers suggest not ordering the combination meal and instead ordering dishes ala carte.
The decor is modern and simple and the restaurant has a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere. The view from the restaurant is simply amazing, especially at sunset, as it is situated on the 39th floor of the building and allows for a panoramic view of Manhattan.
Reviewers mostly found that service was efficient and attentive, but most notably unobtrusive, though some reviewers thought the service was slow. Some reviewers also mention that the servers seem unhurried and do not rush you during your meal.