Block Walk: Roof Tops, Dumplings & Secret Hotspots of Koreatown on 32nd St - Midtown West

New York City

  • Koreatown on 32nd St.
  • The artist at work at the windows to Mandoo Bar. Photo: Hungry Hedonist.
  • Kimchee mandoo filled with kimchee, tofu and veggies. Photo: vickisee.
  • Crisp honey buttered toast with condensed milk ice cream at Spot. Photo: Palate.
  • The Empire State Building from the top of VU.
  • The relaxed scene at VU.
  • A fraction of the candy selection at H Mart. Photo: shopikon.
  • All sorts of items in the chilled section at H Mart. Photo: Kookie Monsta.

1 hour
0.1 mi
Guided by Jason
Jason Donahue


Over 100 Korean businesses and 20,000 people are packed into the single city block of Koreatown. Come on a walk of my four favorite hidden gems of the neighborhood. We'll eat made-to-order dumplings, sample Asian-inspired western desserts, discover a secret rooftop bar and stroll a quirky market. Along the way, I'll share with you everything you need to know to find the best of the best. Cheers! Geon-bae! 건배!

About Your Guide

I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, tasty dim sum, high-design speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.

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Guide Points

  1. Mandoo Bar

    Step right up to the window and watch the maestros and maestras at work.

  2. Spot Dessert Bar

    This informal dessert boutique is popular with the thirtysomething locals, twentysomething students and Asian teenieboppers alike.

  3. VU Rooftop Bar

    We’re heading to Midtown West’s best kept secret. March into the incandescent lobby of the Hampton Inn Hotel and proceed to the elevators. …

  4. H Mart

    We end with a celebration of Korean food and culture at H Mart, the wildly popular, upscale Korean grocery store. The name is shortened for…

Sidewalk Reviews

  1. 3 Reviews

    1. Anonymous

    The Spot Dessert isn’t there anymore, but the dumplings were great!!

    Jan 30, 2019

    1. Megan Naji

    Nov 19, 2018

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