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Woorijip’s Noodle Bar is No More

Lunch’er Amanda pointed out to us the other day that K-town’s cheap and wonderful stalwart Woorijip has taken out their fresh-made noodle option. Formerly at the back of the almost-always-crowded self-serve restaurant, it’s been built over and the noodle options moved.

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My New Favorite Dish at Woorijip is $1


I’ve been going to Woorijip (on 32nd btw. B’way+5th) for the better part of a decade, so I’ve seen much change come to this bargain cafeteria-style, almost-24 hour, K-Town stalwart. While the menu is constantly evolving and the portions do seem a bit smaller these days, it’s still a bargain lunch lover’s paradise. Case in point, my new favorite item is just $1…

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5 Years of Eating at Woorijip, It Still Surprises Me

WoorijipIt’s been over half a year since I ate lunch at Woorijip (32nd btw. B’way+5th). I used to work around that area so back in the day this was my go-to lunch spot for Korean food. Their kimbap may not be the freshest but they sure have one heck of a by the pound buffet. I had plans to meet some friends at the newly opened Beerparc and was thinking a return trip for lunch might be in order. And what’s this? Hello lovely food item that I have never seen before!

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My First Taste of Woorijip’s New Spicy Chicken Wrap

woorijipWhat would $3.50 get you for lunch? A plain slice? A couple of dirty water hot dogs? Maybe a small cup of soup? At Woorijip (on 32nd btw. B’way+5th), $3.50 can buy you a modest, yet filling lunch. It’s a well known fact that Woorijip is one of the best lunch deals in the vicinity of K-town. We at Midtownlunch have always loved this place for a variety of reason – the fair prices, the variety of food, and their willingness to tinker with special menu items, for better or for worse. I’m personally a frequent customer (I think I fill up a loyalty card at least once a month), and take a quirky delight in sampling any new menu items as soon as I notice them. And today’s new menu item happened to be a spicy chicken wrap, priced at only $2.50.

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Woorijip Serves Spaghetti & Meatballs?!: We love Woorijip, the Korean take out spot on 32nd btw. B'way+5th, but not everything at Woorijip is loved. For example, as obvious as this sounds in retrospect, don't bother with their version of spaghetti and meatballs.

Woorijip Now Serving “Korean Fried Chicken”

Going off a tip from Tuesday’s obligatory Kyochon (5th Ave. btw. 32nd+33rd) post, I popped into the newly renovated Woorijip (32nd St. btw. 5th+6th Ave.) and indeed found some great fried chicken wings on the hot bar. Though they weren’t covered in a sweet hot glaze, said sauce could be found on the side for self-spoonage, which allowed the skin to stay crispy longer (there’s an audible crackle on these despite sitting out on the buffet). Woorijip’s buffet selections rotate, so you won’t be guaranteed wings everyday, but you’ll be sure to find an array of other fried goods to satisfy and with the new renovations, there’s no more gauntlet of buffet-related death. As for Kyochon? Girrl, I don’t need your fancy egg table and high maintenance lines.

Woorijip Reorganizes, Shuts Down Noodle Bar?

Woorijip Reorganizes, Shuts Down Noodle Bar?


Lunch’er Jenn sent in this photo and report about Woorijip (on 32nd btw. B’way+5th) yesterday:

“Notice anything different?? No more Woorijip Gauntlet of Death. The back area where the noodlebar was is now walled up and lined with the hot food units that used to take up the middle section. The beverages that used to be on the right side have also been moved to the fridges across the way. Lots more room to walk now, thank goodness — but, where will the noodles be served?”

Considering what Blondie and Brownie noticed back in November, this isn’t a huge surprise. We’re guessing the noodle bar is gone… UPDATE IN THE COMMENTS: “A couple of my co-workers hit the noodle bar yesterday. Apparently it’s still there but all the way in the back so maybe it was just tough to find.”

Is Woorijip Distancing Itself From Their Noodle Bar?
What To Order at Woorijip’s Noodle Bar

Is Woorijip Distancing Itself From Their Noodle Bar?: Woorijip is possibly my favorite place to eat at in K-Town, but nobody has had great things to say about their sporadically open noodle bar.  The latest report from Blondie and Brownie reveals that they're now closed on Monday, only accept cash, and have their own punch cards. (Are they even owned by Woorijip?)

Lunch’er Steve Reports: Woorijip’s Spicy Pork Belly


Lunch’er Steve sends word that Woorijip (the awesome Korean fast food joint on 32nd btw. B’way+5th) has added a new item to their repertoire: “Stopped in for my weekly visit to Woo Ri Jip and found Spicy Pork Belly in the back cooler and had to get it. 5 good sized slices for $3. As expected for that price, not high quality. I ate it cold and it was tough, but the spicy sauce made it tasty. Apologies for the cell phone pic quality.” I think I speak for everyone when I say no apology necessary! Thanks for the tip…

Woorijip Now Selling Korean Blood Sausage
Woorijip Gets a Makeover, Still the Best Cheap Korean on 32nd

Warning: $18 of Food is All The Trays Can Take At the Woorijip Buffet

The Key to Success at Woorjip!
The Tray Can Only Take So Much (To Be Exact, 9 Times As Much As What You See Here.)

If you are a longtime reader of Midtown Lunch (and a lover of Korean food) you are no doubt aware of Woorijip’s by the lb buffet (on 32nd btw. B’way+5th).  My eyes and stomach are both large, so I have always found the “pay what your lunch weighs” a very dangerous game to engage in.  But Woorijip has so many amazing things to choose from and the buffet is only way to get a little bit of everything… or a lot of everything, as this lunch’er seemed to  do recently.  Naturally, his tale is a cautionary one…

“Just wanted to tell you and your readers an extremely important fact. I am sure many of us have put the per pound lunch table trays to the test on a hungry day. Recently I rolled by Woorijip, the Korean deli on 32nd at 11:45 am, the food trays were fresh, warm, and not picked over. I could not have been more excited.

The lineup was epic: The cold side featured heaping treys of: Pork Belly with Soy Ginger sauce, Kimbap, Pickled veggies, rice cakes, baby octopus. Half way through the line my tray was already full…”

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