This weekend, the well-known Korean barbecue restaurant, Samwon Garden, will celebrate its one-year anniversary—and they want to share the milestone with New Yorkers!
Samwon Garden’s Manhattan outpost opened on March 16, 2018 and not only marked the brand’s third overseas branch, but also the very first in the U.S. In honor of this special day, restaurant guests will have the pleasure of enjoying various promotions. But honestly, we think their melt-in-your-mouth barbecue should be celebrated everyday.
Using seasonal ingredients for their dishes, guests at Samwon Garden can enjoy some of the best Korean food outside of Korea itself, right here in NYC. Dishes you’ll find on their extensive menu include items like Yuk Hwe (Korean beef tartare), Gyeran Jjim (an egg souffle), and Naeng Myun (cold noodles). Fun fact: Samwon Garden happens to be one of the very few places to offer this Pyongyang-style cold noodle.
And what would KBBQ be without the experience of watching the meats cook before your eyes on the grill directly in front of you? In the center of each table, a personal grill is set up where your server will prepare everything from garlic cloves to Samwon Galbi (their signature marinated short ribs) to perfection for you.
However, unlike other Korean BBQ you’ll find in New York, what makes Samwon Garden’s meat particularly delicious and unique in flavor is their soy sauce imported exclusively from Korea. This special soy sauce has been the base for their original recipe from 1976 and brings the perfect balance of umami and saltiness. Another distinctive characteristic of Samwon Garden’s quality is their diamond-cut technique. The patented diamond-cut allows for the marinade to be better absorbed by the meat, making it a juicier piece of beef once grilled. If you don’t believe us I guess you’ll just have to try it for yourself.
But the savory bites of meat would not be complete without something complimentary to wash it down with. In the spirit of it’s one-year anniversary, the restaurant has opened a full-service bar this week that will offer cocktails such as the Q.B. Spritz, which is made with Santory Roku gin, campari, yuzu jam & juice, pomelo & pink pepper; or the Old Boy, which is made with High West double rye, benedictine, pear & balloon flower jam.
Samwon Garden is an elegant, three-story space that seats 185 guests in the heart of Manhattan’s Koreatown. It’s one of the oldest Korean BBQ restaurants in South Korea, and since it’s opening in 1976, the restaurant group has been known to have some of the best BBQ in the country. Samwon Garden is the largest first-class restaurant in Korea (which can host about 1,200 guests simultaneously) and while the Koreatown outpost isn’t quite as large, the pride that comes with this honor still resonates in this space. Samwon Garden is the perfect dining experience for any occasion, whether it’s an intimate date night or a group outing. Experience it for yourself here.
Place: Samwon Garden
Location: 37 West 32nd Street
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
Also published on Medium.