Barn Joo

Barn Joo

Korean Restaurant$$$$
Union Square, New York
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    Francis U.
    "Make sure to spin the wheel might get free yummy white sangria."(16 Tips)
    Mika T.
    "Great $1 oysters during happy hr, grilled octopus was bomb."(19 Tips)
    Sam C.
    "Serrano pepper margarita and bulgogi bibimbap were both delicious!"(23 Tips)
    graceygoo
    "$1 happy hour oysters are a great deal!!"(8 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27, 2016
    These Korean style wings come in three varieties: soy & garlic, hot & spicy, and salt & pepper. We like the hot & spicy the best with its tangy bite and subsequent surge of heat. Six wings for $13. Read more
    Upvoted Mar 15
  • Eater
    EaterJune 15, 2017
    Blue Smoke's beloved chipotle-barbecue wings were long a menu staple, and one of the restaurant's most popular items. But while revamping the entire menu, chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois switched them up. Read more
  • Cindy l.heart icon on user image
    Cindy lauMay 6, 2015
    Great service, hip/trendy vibe, and delicious authentic, all natural food. HH drinks only available at the bar but HH oysters available for dining room. Their cocktails are also fabulous.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenMarch 10, 2018
    STELLAR Korean BBQ place that's outside of crowded k-town, without the k-town crowds! The small combo is good for 2-3 people. The cuts of meat are generous. The staff are all super friendly.
  • Simran J.heart icon on user image
    Simran JaisingDecember 10, 2014
    Farm to table with Korean inspirations. Loved the Brussels, roast mushrooms are decadently meaty, cocktails are well made. Asparagus tips are Delish. Sweet potato jap chae and bulgogi lackluster
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhJuly 8, 2019
    Come with friends & share any of the KBBQ Combos. Each combo comes with corn cheese, egg soufflé, veggie basket, assortment of banchan (kimchi, scallion salad, pickled radish) & sauces (ssamjang, soy)
  • Sabrina M.heart icon on user image
    Sabrina MajeedJuly 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The bulgogi tacos are good as a small portioned entree. Also you can win things by spinning the wheel at the front of the restaurant. I won a free jar of kimchi!
  • Rachel I.heart icon on user image
    Rachel IvyApril 10, 2015
    Good happy hour deals & yummy dumplings. Got the bulgogi pot& the stone bowl bibimbop as entres. Both bland & small for the price. Nice atmosphere and decor though, check out the moon on the ceiling!
  • Fee O.heart icon on user image
    Fee OAugust 21, 2016
    Oysters are pretty good. You only get one variety for happy hour. Variety of wines. Awesome spy And garlic chicken wings. Kimchi fried rice with cheese was also worth it.
  • Oliver D.heart icon on user image
    Oliver DelgadoJune 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best fancy happy hour in the neighborhood. Great cocktails, oysters, wings, and calamari at prices that won't break the bank. Bar is on the smaller side so get there early if your group is big.
  • Michele K.heart icon on user image
    Michele KimMarch 4, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Oyster HH, short rib, tacos. Everything I've had here is really good. Interesting take on Korean without Americanizing too much. Just a bit more refined take in a very charming and elegant atmosphere.
  • diogo p.heart icon on user image
    diogo pauloNovember 9, 2014
    The most cosy space, it's perfect for having a tasty dinner. The decor is comfortable and the music is not too laud so you can easily have a conversation while you drinks nice korean cocktails
  • Tom C.
    Tom CarterMarch 17, 2015
    Ask to go downstairs to the Grain, there is a hidden door leading down to a bar/restaurant with live music and a great atmosphere! Food and drinks all very good.
  • Clare M.heart icon on user image
    Clare M.October 18, 2021
    Everything is good here. I can’t wait to come back and try three more menu items!!!
  • Michelle Wendy
    Michelle WendyJanuary 3, 2014
    Awesome HH- lychee cocktail and truffle roasted shrooms ftw! At lunch the tofu shroom bibimbap is a must try. Yes near KTown but very unique in its gastropub atmosphere. Really beautiful space.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListApril 20, 2013
    Size -8,100-square-foot. Known for - fried chicken. Inside -2 bars, a live music stage & a downstairs lounge. Eat - ‘CHICK’ Bokki - Chopped chicken & rice cake /w sweet & spicy Korean hot pepper paste Read more
  • Patrick B.heart icon on user image
    Patrick BaskinOctober 2, 2016
    Pro tip: ask the hostess to "make a reservation" once you get there during happy hour and they'll let you sit in the bar area (weird reservation policy, but it'll work)
  • Sunaina
    SunainaSeptember 15, 2014
    Service was excellent. The decor is beautiful. You get to spin a wheel I got free fries 👍 def get the tiger roll and the kimchi pancake. The kimchi pancake reminded me of a good old S.Indian uttapam
  • Jase E.heart icon on user image
    Jase EngMay 13, 2015
    What a find! Bar area has $1 oyster specials. Uni bibimbap is incredible. Seafood pancake and fried dumplings were tasty. I'll definitely be back.
  • Alfred M.heart icon on user image
    Alfred M.September 6, 2016
    one of the best happy hours in flatiron—and NYC for that matter. get there early so you get a seat. great bar, feels exclusive. don't tell everyone like I am right now ;)
  • Mika T.
    Mika TakahashiJanuary 20, 2016
    Nice vibes with a Korean fusion flair. Great $1 oysters during happy hr, grilled octopus was bomb. Bathrooms are spacious and clean too! Spin the wheel for a potential free drink/app.
  • diogo p.heart icon on user image
    diogo pauloNovember 9, 2014
    The food is beyond spectacular - The crispy calamari and the Charred brussel sprout are a perfect way to start. Pot Udon and Spicy Pork Pot are two amazing choices, full of flavour.
  • Eileenheart icon on user image
    EileenDecember 7, 2017
    Confit pork belly and braised octopus were both good. Wings were okay; I prefer them at other places. Skip the crunchy tofu
  • Caroline L.heart icon on user image
    Caroline LeNovember 11, 2014
    Like other people have said it's definitely more of a Korean fusion restaurant but it is sooo so good. The beef bibimbap was great and so was the ja chae. Check in on Yelp too and spin the wheel!
  • Mike Z.
    Mike ZAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Won a Cran-Lychee Soda (spun wheel thru foursquare promo). Ate: Kimchi Jar, Calamari, Farmer Green Salad, Tiger Roll, Crunchy Tuna Roll, Beef Pot Bulgogi, Bing Sub Pot (dessert) Overall Very Good.
  • Rebecca Y.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca YiAugust 1, 2016
    $1 oysters happy hour ! (4-7) Other good small plates on the happy hr menu as well: spicy pork tacos, bulgogi tacos, sweet potato & Brussels sprouts with bacon mmMMm
  • Ronni
    RonniMay 15, 2015
    Excellent service and enjoyed the food! We shared the appetizers among 5 people and it was satisfying. The fries are on point!
  • Siobhánheart icon on user image
    SiobhánJanuary 6, 2018
    Massive space and lovely selection for brunch/lunch. I'm easy to please though when there's buns and dumplings.
  • Francis U.heart icon on user image
    Francis UdlerAugust 25, 2014
    The food was delicious!! Scallion pancake is a must. Spicy chicken bibimbap and beef bulgogi pot amazing. Make sure to spin the wheel might get free yummy white sangria.
  • Patrick C.heart icon on user image
    Patrick ConatyAugust 16, 2018
    Solid Korean food at a decent price - try the sizzling stone bowl bibimbap
  • Duke P.heart icon on user image
    Duke PerkinsMay 16, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The seating set up and the open spaces. To get a decent cocktail under 10 bucks is amazing. $1 oysters were a hit.
  • spark
    sparkMarch 21, 2017
    They changed bowl size for the dolsot bibimbab compared to the ones from the old location and kept the price the same.. and overall food tastes got changed too. Good luck in the new location!
  • Christina L.
    Christina LuAugust 7, 2014
    $1 happy hour oysters is where it's at! Great for your wallet but if you're like me -- wish they served more than one kind of oyster.
  • GieFaan K.heart icon on user image
    GieFaan KimMarch 27, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    All the food here is quite tasty, and they have an incredible whiskey selection! Secret speakeasy downstairs called The Grain
  • Marieheart icon on user image
    MarieSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for happy hour! Soy garlic wings are so good! Scallion pancake, Jr Bibimbap, and spicy pork pot were also very tasty! Can't go wrong with $4 drafts!
  • Joy A.
    Joy AllenAugust 17, 2014
    Great happy hour—signature drinks are $7 and oysters are $1 each (6 min). Try an elderfashioned made with Bulleit and St Germain. The BJ fries are really good, too.
  • Mary L.
    Mary LeeAugust 10, 2014
    Korean bar with a more "hip" or nighttime vibe - fun for a night out x hankering for Korean food x "going out" atmosphere.
  • Helen
    HelenFebruary 19, 2014
    Great happy hour specials. Great service. Make a reservation at opentable.com and you get to spin the wheel (you can get a free beer, discount off your bill, free food, etc...) !!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The BJ Wings come in varieties like soy garlic or simple salt and pepper. The chick bokki, chopped chicken and a rice cake with Korean hot-pepper paste, is also popular. Read more
  • Nicole T.heart icon on user image
    Nicole TalercioSeptember 20, 2018
    Best HH in Union Sq. Try the spicy margarita, dollar shrimp, wings and truffle fries on HH
  • Elena B.heart icon on user image
    Elena BaseottoMarch 20, 2016
    The rice cake is amazing! The duck buns and truffle fries are also really good. Great atmosphere. Make sure to get a reservation for a chance to win an appetizer!
  • Maggie M.heart icon on user image
    Maggie MarsdenApril 15, 2015
    Beautiful atmosphere inside. The popcorn chicken fixed my Korean fried chicken craving. The hot pot bibimbap came highly recommended and did not disappoint!
  • Lukeheart icon on user image
    LukeApril 29, 2017
    New location is a step up. Menu is a big eclectic crowd pleaser, but can be uneven. Highlights were the kimchi bacon pancakes and grilled octopus
  • Sue E.heart icon on user image
    Sue EllenApril 23, 2018
    Great place for a date with this huge moon in the bar area. Feels romantic
  • Eric H.
    Eric HoDecember 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They do large events in the mezzanine and in the "hidden" basement! We did our holiday dinner here. It was rad.
  • Sam C.heart icon on user image
    Sam CohenAugust 20, 2015
    Serrano pepper margarita and bulgogi bibimbap were both delicious! Cool atmosphere. Thorough service. Will definitely be back!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneFebruary 21, 2014
    Huge $1 oysters for happy hour came with a shot of pome shout for the 10 min wait. Roasted mushrooms from happy hour menu was also delicious.
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HuDecember 11, 2016
    Happy hour at the bar is great. Oysters and drinks and discounted apps. Can get a little crowded but I'd def go again
  • Sam Y.heart icon on user image
    Sam YooOctober 8, 2015
    Pick up this phone to enter the secret bar downstairs.
  • kawaiiko
    kawaiikoAugust 16, 2014
    Raspberry Lemonade Homemade soda is amazing! Also the burger...has kimchee and Korean yummy goodness.
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