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Bann Restaurant

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Barbecue Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Korean Restaurants

350 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

212-582-4446

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Today: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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mnts

04/23/11

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The BEST Lychee Martinis & Korean Tacos in town.

Dan is the bartender, and he makes the most amazing lychee martinis. They are so delicious. I don't normally like sweet martinis, because they are usually too sweet/syrupy. Dan's lychee martinis, however, are mellow and...just delicious. Try to get there at Happy Hour (4-7pm) and get 'em for $5 a pop, even though they are worth non-Happy Hour price, too.
Bann's spicy pork Korean Tacos are also quite the treat. They're so good, I haven't tried anything else on the menu, and I'm in no rush...
Thank you, Dan & Bann! I look forward to you every Friday afternoon!

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BMarie4041

12/17/08

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Delicious

I am an American brought by a Korean friend who was recommended by her Aunt. This was my first experience with Korean bbq, and it was great.
The food was exceptionally good. If I remember correctly, we had Doeji-Bulgogi (Spicy Pork) and the miso soup base with beef and vegetables (I regret that I don't remember the name of this). Glad to see that the food was authentic in that it was very similar to what Korean friends had made for me before. Too often I am disappointed by Americanized versions. My Korean friends also exclaimed how good the food was, a certain credit to the food!
The atmosphere is beautiful, elegant and yet cozy. The service was fast and very good. I would say it was very professional.
Certainly more on the pricey end (the servings are generous, you might want to keep this in mind). Worth every penny for the atmosphere, the experience of cooking your own food, and that each bite is great. The food display was even worth taking a picture of!
I'm glad that we didn't take the walk down to Korean Way and that we decided to eat at Bann.
Recommended for anyone who is seeking great Korean food or looking to try something new.
A fine experience!

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JSENAT

08/20/08

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VERY ROMANTIC ATMOSPHERE

THIS PLACE EAS NO CONS WITH ME, I was seated on time and fasttttttt... the waiter knew a lot about the menu, the food was absolutely delicious, the drinks were sooooooooooo good... the atmosphere was sooooo romantic. i just love it... i really have nothing negative to say... GREAT JOB BANN!!!!

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nycgal2008

06/19/08

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Best Korean BBQ!!

This place is beautifully designed and great for dates, family meals, or anything that involves good company....there are even tapestries separating the tables that are closer together so you have more privacy. The food is delicious, especially the Korean BBQ which is a ton of fun too! And the staff is friendly, patient, and attentive.

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adiedus

12/17/07

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EHH :(

Well, srvice was not so good the food is ok. The fun was in cooking it but at the end i probably wont go back..its good to try but nothing spectacular

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tygrlilee

11/13/07

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Great Food, Great Service

Went there for a birthday dinner. Had reservations but most of the group was late. the Hostess was very accomdating while we waited for the rest of our party and had no poblem seating us while we waited for the others the come.
The restaurant looks great. Had never been to Korean restaurant before and we all were very impressed. Some of us ordered the barbecue and we able to cook our meat right at the table which was very exciting and fun. We all had such a good time there.I would def recommend to everyone.

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olena4

09/09/07

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BEST OF THE WEST!!! MUST GO!

One of the Best dining experiances I have ever had.
Amazing service, delisious food and if you like to try something
new and unbelivably testy don't even think about it , you must try it at least ones.
My husband and I enjoyed traditional vodka SOJO, with unforgeteble meal.
BANN would be perfect for a date or even for family event.
WE will be back!

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sandman963

06/15/07

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Great food, Great drinks and spotty service

Let me start out and say that I love the food at Bann. I eat there at least once a month. I take most of my clients there and I have recommended Bann to numerous friends. The appetizers, esp. the chili drumsticks, the dungness crab rolls and the prawn dumplings are excellent. The BBQ is also definately a treat. I get the large prawns in chili sauce and they are wonderfully flavored without being too spicy. I made my monthly trip to Bann last night and ordered my usual fare. I included another staple of mine - the bim bam bop (fried rice with veggies in a stone bowl). Bann lets you add chicken or beef to this dish. Over a dozen times before, I have asked them to add spicy pork instead of the other choices and they complied without a problem. Last night, I was told by the waiter that this substitution was impossible and has never been done in the past. I HATE IT WHEN WAITERS CALL ME A LIAR!! (he also bought me the wrong rice dish but that is another story). Being insulted when I am paying $200+ for dinner with a friend infuriated me and I am still mad today (can you tell???)

I have my choice of places to eat and I am seriously considerly not to go back to Bann though I love the food. I wonder how the owner would feel if he knew that a waiter was costing him his regulars by insulting them?

By the way. . the bartender is a great guy and pours excellent drinks. It's a shame that one bad waiter can spoil what was a great relationship between restaurant and patron.

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sue71

04/15/07

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Dishonest staff---check your tips on credit cards!

Good drinks and nice atmosphere don't make up for the fact that the staff is essentially stealing from customers! I and my coworkers frequent this restaurant after work. I randomly checked my bank account the other day and noticed that the charge from the night before was high. When I called the manager, he said it had been entered correctly at the restaurant, and it must have been an error at my bank. ....seems really unlikely--when I checked with friends, they found that their tips, in the restaurant AND at the bar, had been increased as well. And I had commented on how nice the bartender was. Won't go back there again.

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jaygreen666

09/07/06

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Great restaurant, great lunch

My co-workers rave about the lunch at Bann so we all decided to go there the other day. While they have a seperate lunch menu we opted to order a few appetizers and barbeque dishes-which were fantastic. The glass noodles and the dungeness crab appetizers were to die for and there was a huge variety of bbq dishes. The service was attentive and courteous. I will definitely be coming back with other co-workers soon. This is a great restaurant and it was a great lunch.

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jasonoross

09/07/06

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Great food Great presentation!

This place was so much fun! I have to say that the presentation of the food (wasn't crazy about the decor of the place) was amazing. We got the tuna tartare which was was so cool looking on this ice boat and the scallops in a shimp mousse which came out on flaming... what looked like salt. It was a great experience from the wine to the dessert. The bbq part was pretty fun but after a few glasses of wine I was kind of over it. I would suggesst the bbq but not mandatory to have a great time.

The one thing that I would have to say was bit awkward was you had to walk thru the bar to get the seating area. It just so happend that there was some type of meeting going on and the bar was crowded and hard to get thru. But that didnt' really hinder the experence, it was just more of a bad design plan.

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Scotthyun

09/06/06

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Bad service

I went there for lunch with a friend. We waited 45 mins for food without anyone checking on us. I ordered an authentic korean dish (Bean Paste stew - Den Jan ji gae) and it was more like soy stew soup (ghan jang ji gae). The meat they used was the only thing great about the whole meal. If you have two hours to eat lunch, you can manage, but if you want to go out for lunch without getting fired don't go there. Wait staff (Lunch staff) was very green in terms of experience. What distinguishes korean restaurant from other restuarant is the signature side dishes. At Bann, you have to pay for most of the side dishes which is crazy. The ones that comes with the meal are so so.

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qtgurljny

08/10/06

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Really Awesome Korean

Bann is beautiful. It's done in simple asian asthetics with great authentic, if a litlte americanized Korean food. Our waiter Ben was amazing. The presentation was beautiful. Our menus came in old school leather scrolls, the dessert menu came in a miniature version of the same. Food was really good. I had the barbeque Short Ribs and it was great. All around, the barbeque is pretty good. You have the option of cooking it yourself at your own table grill or having it cooked in teh kitchen. The presentation of food was great. Dessert was really good. Try the O Mi Cha Dragon, which is a pastry puff with cranberry cream, strawberries and red rice ice cream. The Asian Pear Crumble is really good as well. Try to be inventive when ordering, you won't be sorry.

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escaplevalley

08/05/06

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Great food, good service

Excellent, succulent simmered meats, flavorful tofu soup, fresh vegetables. The wait staff was pretty good. The atmosphere was relaxed and modern.

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shibster

07/06/06

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Best asian fusion / korean bbq in hells kitchen / theater district.

Excellent food, pleasant ambience, top notch service in the hip Hells Kitchen neighborhood. Ideal for just before or after a show or for cocktails at the lounge. The plates were a bit wierd (flat tiles essentially) and the portions were small, but otherwise excellent restaurant. Would highly recommend.

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jpaulha

06/20/06

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great food, atmosphere, service

great food, atmosphere, service. food was better than most traditional korean restaurants. staff were very cooperative with the birthday celebration recently held there

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mongo00

05/08/06

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Great Place

I have always been a fan of their SoHo location but I love this restaurant. It's more upscale and the food is extremely creative and the service is great. I came here with a bunch of friends and we had a great time. The lounge is pretty cool for drinks also.

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danbrownbrown

05/08/06

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Exceptional Restaurant

I live an work in the Midtown area and was suprised to find an upscale Korean restaurant so close by. I went in for lunch, which is quite affordable, and enjoyed it greatly. I have since been back for their Lounge Hour specials.

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panospolo

05/08/06

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Bann Bann

Bann is a great restaurant to just come in and relax. I work in the neighborhood and come at least once a week for their loung hour. The bartenders are friendly and the appetizers are great.

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ammojones

03/18/06

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awful - truly terrible food and service

the service is terrible. beef came out frozen, no one seemed to care. craving good food, left after beef came out frozen. server said sorry, they called the cook and bartender to the downtown location. ridiculous, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY AT THIS PLACE.

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DETAILS
General Info

BANN, since opening in 2005, has become the premier Korean restaurant in New York City. It is the flagship of a group of bicoastal restaurants developed by Mrs. Young Sook Choi, highly regarded as the pioneer in revolutionizing modern Korean cuisine. Following the success of more contemporary restaurants in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and SoHo, Mrs. Choi began to focus more on broadening traditional flavors and artisan crafted foods, creatingBANN's signature style of cuisine.Executive Chef Eli Martinez brings 'Innovative Korean Cuisine' to BANN, showcasing traditional elements in a modern adaptation with an emphasis on using the finest natural ingredients to develop rich, distinct flavors highlighting the unique tastes of Korean cuisine in a simple & refined presentation.Exclusive to BANN is the distinctive style of dining not found in any other Korean restaurant.BANN's rare approach creates a dynamic sensory experience through the use of all 5 senses. The open kitchen provides guests with an exciting look into how their food is being prepared with views of blazing fires from the wok and aromas of familiar and exotic foods. Known for authentic Korean barbeque, all tables are fitted with smokeless grills where guests can watch a variety of fresh meats and seafood sizzle and cook to their liking.

Extra Phones

Fax: 212-582-3182

Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Thu:
Fri - Sat:
Sun:
Categories
Barbecue Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Korean Restaurants, Restaurants
Payment Options
Price Range
$$$
Location

Midtown West, Hell's Kitchen

Neighborhoods
Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan
Accreditation

Woo Lae Oak

Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Korean, Asian, Barbecue, Family Style

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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