NYC-Made West 32 Soju

A smooth take on the Korean alcohol

by Sun Pak Step into any Korean restaurant on a weekend night and you’ll find similar set-ups at every table: a green bottle of soju perched next to plates of sizzling meats (or bubbling stews) and a collection of small vegetable sides. The clear, simple liquor—akin to a less-alcoholic vodka—washes down the spicy dishes well, and it would be considered egregious to consume less than …

Koreatown: A Cookbook

Getting the lowdown on Korean food and culture, beyond BBQ

The paradox of Koreatown for someone like me, who calls Seoul home outside of NYC: you avoid it as long as you can—save for the occasional trip to H Mart for their affordable bulk kimchi. Yet once that inherent craving for hard-to-cook-yourself dishes like samgyetang or naengmyun strikes, I find myself once again armed with low expectations, waiting in a long line to be seated …

The Line Hotel, Los Angeles

A new hotel in Koreatown captures the multicultural spirit of the neighborhood and offers an unbeatable view of the city and its hills

The large arrow-shaped sign on Wilshire Boulevard reads “caFe…free wifi” and points visitors directly to the door of a coffee shop serving habanero mochas and red bean buns. Next to the valet, a bike-rack filled with Linus bicycles sits waiting for riders. A neon Poketo sign glows from their store that’s stocked with colorful contemporary designs next to the elevator. All of these elements help …