Samwon Garden BBQ x Gibson + Luce
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Samwon Garden is a Korean BBQ restaurant that is as delicious as it is daring. An American extension of Korea’s first-ever luxury restaurant (founded in 1976), this new location builds on the same principles, visuals, and flavors. The dishes—like sliced beef tongue and kimchi mung pancakes—are plated like works of art, and their rice-based Korean liquor is a must for pairing. Just be sure you enter with an open mind, as something like spicy intestine casserole seriously deserves your attention (off-putting though it might seem).
After dinner (and yes, after you’ve dared to try something more experimental than you’re used to), head underground to Gibson + Luce, located beneath the Life Hotel. Rumored to be a speakeasy during Prohibition, this bar goes all-in on classic charm—from the names of its expertly-crafted cocktails (see: 1894 and The Aristocrat) to the vinyl record collection available for use by all patrons. Still, there’s no denying all the modern influence here, including the royal blue satin booths, saddle slope leather seating, and lavish walnut wood wall paneling. So, whether your prefer modern chic or vintage charm, Gibson + Luce is a must-visit.
Samwon Garden BBQ
37 West 32nd Street, Manhattan
Gibson + Luce
19 West 31st Street, at Life Hotel, Manhattan