Woorijip Korean Restaurant is a great place for a quick, cheap meal in that sliver of midtown known as Koreatown. The lunch buffet is only $7.99/lb, and they offer pre-packaged meals too. It’s perfect for what it is, and its fresh and tasty buffet options include many vegetarian dishes along with bulgogi and other meat-based offerings.
The space was surprisingly calm given how busy it was–almost every seat was taken. Tables are communal, so if you see an empty chair, it’s yours. There were some couples and groups, but they chatted quietly to each other. Korean pop was playing in the background, but the volume was very low. We were surprised at how comfortable we were in this very busy dining room.
Woorijip is the place to go when you want to eat and run, but not because you are racing through your meal to escape the din. No, Woorijip is highly recommended if you are looking for good cheap eats in relatively pleasant surroundings in midtown. You will be hard pressed to find a better value.
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. every day
Street (betw. Broadway and 5th Avenue), New York, NY 10001