Culture, Culture Everywhere!
As Gina Pace of New York Daily News says:
"Once seen as a touristy alternative to more authentic Korean food scenes in Queens, the Midtown enclave is now being taken seriously as a dining destination."
The amount of culture in K-Town is practically overwhelming. Filled to the brim with restaurants, spas, clubs, bars, and shops, Koreatown resembles it's namesake's origin in more ways than one. K-Town's physical landscape resembles Seoul in the way that the storefronts are stacked on top of eachother, as they are in Seoul. Little hints of Korean culture are also present. In Korea, food presentation is very important and in K-Town examples of this are seen in bakeries were there is a great emphasis placed on the presentation of the baked goods.
Food for thought
Personally, I have been to Koreatown many times (my aunt works just a few blocks away in Murray Hill) and I have to recommend a small restaurant called Mandoo (on West 32nd street). It is home to what I swear is NYC's best dumplings! I also suggest visiting K-Town's original establishments, such as Tom Kang and Koryo Books.
K-Town is Killin' It!
While confined to a relatively small area in Midtown, Koreatown is filled with music, food, clothing, and people who all share a connection and passion for Korean culture. Perhaps its most uncommon feature (it's removal from Korea's residential hubs) alos makes it the most unique. K-Town enjoys the cultural exchange that Manhattan part takes in, while also retaining an element of Korean social workings that attract Koreans and non-Koreans to this ethnic enclave! For the Korean population specifically though, having not only a physical landscape of shops and business that represent home, but also food and clothing that do as well, provides a sense of comfort and stability. For those who may have recently immigrated, or perhaps for those studying abroad here in the US, Manhattan's Koreatown offers a little taste of home that can help in a time of cultural transition.