Gaonnuri, Korean restaurant with a breathtaking City view

 Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Meaning “The Center of the world”, Gaonnuri is a Korean restaurant located on the 39th floor of an office building, offering breathtaking views of Manhattan. This is definitely unique in Korea Town and, to get a seat next to a window, you apparently need to book a table a month in advance with a special request. We did not and got seated in one of the comfortable booths. 

 Bar area at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Bar area at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

 Dining room at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Dining room at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

 City view at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

City view at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

 City view at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

City view at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

It is quite a huge place with a nice vibe and lots of light. Menu wise, they propose an elegant version of classics as well as quite interesting dishes. All of this with an impeccable service. I started with one of their cocktails called When September Ends, made with Hudson Manhattan Rye, honey jujube, Montenegro amaro and Grand Marnier.

 Cocktail at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Cocktail at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Then, we decided to take their $55 prix-fixe menu that includes an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. Jodi chose japchae with mushrooms. Japchae are glass noodles made with sweet potatoes. This was really good, the mushrooms being very tasty and not just steamed. 

 Japchae at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Japchae at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

On my side, I had the fried calamari salad, composed of fried calamari tossed In honey wine Go-Chu-Jang sauce and served on seasonal mixed greens with pear dressing. When I asked the waiter how spicy it was, he replied: “I believe in you” that was pretty funny. It was spicy for sure, but so good that I was going back at it. 

 Fried calamari salad at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Fried calamari salad at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Then came the entrees. Jodi ordered the vegetable bibimbap that came, as expected, in a piping hot bowl. The waiter mixed it for her. I liked it although I prefer it with beef or chicken and we failed to create a rice crust that is always the best part. 

 Bibimbap at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Bibimbap at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Strangely, it came with a soup that had tofu and enoki mushrooms in it and was unexpected. 

 Soup at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Soup at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

On my side, I went for the marinated galbi that is marinated beef short ribs. They asked if I I wanted it cooked in the kitchen or at the table and I picked the latter. They then uncovered the grill that was in the middle of the table and grilled the meat to a nice medium rare. It was delicious: juicy and tasty, I simply loved it. 

 Marinated galbi at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Marinated galbi at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

It came with a salad, rice (to share with Jodi: weird considering she had a rice dish), and some banchan, that are small dishes. There was my favorite, kimchi (fermented cabbage), that was not too hot, pickles, potatoes and radish. 

 White rice at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

White rice at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

 Potatoes at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Potatoes at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

 Salad at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Salad at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

 Kimchi at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Kimchi at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

 Radish at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Radish at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

 Pickles at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Pickles at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Last was dessert. I admit that I was a bit intrigued as Korean restaurants are rarely proposing dessert. It was a chocolate financier with a mango sorbet. It was decent, with a beautiful presentation. 

 Financier at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

Financier at Gaonnuri in NYC, NY

This was a very good dinner and I loved the atmosphere at Gaonnuri. The food is really good and I highly recommend it. 

Enjoy (I did)!

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Gaonnuri - 1250 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

 
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