Over the Labor Day holiday weekend, I found myself in Koreatown in New York City at 4 a.m. on a Monday. I really wanted watermelon soju, but forgetting it was Sunday, by the time we arrived in Koreatown everything was closing at 3 a.m. But we stumbled upon a couple of restaurants that were 24 hours. You’ve got to love New York City for this. I was going through a serious withdrawal of Korean food.
Although I am a broke grad student, the prices were pretty decent at New Wonjo Korean Restaurant, still not in my broke budget and not as cheap as in South Korea, but it was good enough. We ordered Bulgogi Jungol and a bottle of soju. The soju was $13 a bottle, which in Korea it is about 3,000 won, which is $3 U.S. dollars. Overall the food was scrumptious as I thought it would be and the soju was from California,not the Korean brand I was hoping it be and not as strong. I didn’t even finish all the food and thought I was going to explode.
Koreatown was an enjoyable experience and seeing many young Koreans and hearing the Korean language made it seem like I was back in Seoul. I will be making many more trips to Koreatown in New York City and the next trip I hope to bring the Korean students who participated in the BIP program this summer with me while they are studying here in the United States now.