I met a few friends in the city to celebrate my friend’s move to LA. Sungho has been planning this move for a while and now it was finally time for him to spread his wings, hop in a car with his mother, and drive across country to Los Angeles.

What better way to celebrate than with a shot of Soju and some delicious Korean food.

Our first stop was Barn Joo 35 in midtown.

The food was amazing. We ordered everything from steamed pork buns and double-fried chicken wings to glass noodles and truffle fries. Their drink menu was also very impressive. My raspberry mojito was the perfect escape from the chilly city weather. Beverages were accompanied by Soju, a popular Korean alcohol that was dangerously smooth.

Barn Joo 35 also had a great atmosphere. Their decor was really cool, with large backlit moon installations hanging on the walls and industrial accents. For the city and the quality of the food, the prices were also very reasonable.

We had some time to kill, so we wandered around and stumbled upon McGettigans. The bar was basically a night club and Irish pub combined into one. For our no-plan agenda, it was a good place to hang out and wait for the rest of Sungho’s friends to arrive.

Our friends of friends group got along so well that, when my friend Sara joined, thought we all knew each other from school. Everyone was laughing and cracking jokes, sharing fun memories of Sungho from high school and college. Meeting new people can be hard, but this was just a cool group of people…who were trying to tickle the crap out of our dear friend. We are all in our mid-twenties.

The last place of the night was Flatiron Hall. It seemed very busy, until we walked down stairs and saw that we had arrived at the (basement) biergarten! Food and drinks were great, especially the giant pretzel that Sara and I split. Enough for a group, but ideal for one person who had a rough day. We topped off our dinner with a mushroom and brie panini. You should definitely check this place out.

We’re sad to see Sungho go, but we have no doubt that he’ll do great in LA. Next reunion will be on the West Coast.

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