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Staff Picks: 5 cool places in New Jersey that will give you a taste of Korea

By yckim124   Saturday, February 25, 2017   21,488   478   8
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As a K-pop fan, you must be dreaming of visiting or making a trip to South Korea - a country known for its amazing entertainment that's literally available 24/7.


But you know, we all have responsibilities, and not everyone can fly across the globe. That's why we've come up with a list of more affordable, convenient ways to get a taste of Korea, right here in the state of New Jersey where we're (allkpop) based out of. For our tri-state area readers, this should be juuuust a little bit closer to you than the motherland ;).


The top 5 places we recommend are listed below. Check it out! 

 

Kudo Society  

38 W Central Blvd, Palisades Park, NJ





This cafe/restaurant is the BOMB. If you really want to enjoy delicious Korean deserts, drinks, & food - Kudo Society is where you need to be. Their signature Kudossant, a homemade croissant waffle topped with whip cream, Nutella, and green tea ice cream (optional), just melts in your mouth. It's my personal favorite dessert and only available at Kudo. They're also well known for their Kimchi Pulled Pork Rice Bowl with egg, their home grind coffee beans, bubblicious bubble tea, and personalized latte art (you can print your favorite K-Pop idol on your latte free of charge - how cool is that?).



Check them out the next time you are in the area, but for those of you far away, you can order some of their delicious coffees and teas here.



EXIT 201 

15 Grand Ave, Palisades Park, NJ



From pocha (short for pojangmacha) to noraebang (karaoke), this place has it all. This huge restaurant is perfect for those who don't like moving around too much from one place to place. You can enjoy a variety of Korean food along with drinks like soju and makgeolli (for those of you over 21), and head right to the noraebang located in the same building. Our staff really loves this place. In fact, it's where we always have our company parties!



King Spa & Fitness 

321 Commercial Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 




What is Korea without jjim-jil-bang, ya know? King Spa is not only famous in New Jersey but throughout the whole Korean community on the east coast. The place is huge with numerous different sauna rooms. It also has a restaurant, a juice bar, fitness center, PC room, massage room, and even a hair salon. You are also welcome to sleep here for an extra $10. Save hotel fees and enjoy some relaxing, fun time here. Tip: Make sure to check Groupon for a cheaper admission ticket.



Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong 

329 Bergen Blvd, Palisades Park, NJ



This restaurant is where you can enjoy all types of awesome Korean BBQ. It's been about a year since they opened and the consistency of their food is great. A nice atmosphere and quick friendly service makes this place a hot spot for some KBBQ. There's usually a long line for the Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong located in NYC but this one's not as bad (and yes, the 'Kang Ho Dong' in the name is the Kang Ho Dong you're thinking of). Tip: finish up your meal with a refreshing bowl of naengmyun (buckwheat noodles).



Local Battles 

1207 Anderson Avenue Fort Lee, NJ 




The 3 main 'Bang, Bang, Bang's' of Korea are noraebang, jjimjilbang, and PC BANG! So here is the last 'Bang' on the list. Local Battles is a gaming center located in Fort Lee, NJ. If you enjoy gaming, especially with other video game lovers, you will love this place - It's definitely a cool place to chill and get your game on!

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    LAFF92 Sunday, March 5, 2017

    I went to two of these places recently  in the list. Kang Ho dong was packed when I went there, maybe because it was a weekend. Food is good, my favorite will always be pork Belly! I ordered the large Combo,comes with 3 Pork Belly meats! Worth it!  parking is okay, valet is available. I dropped by KudoSociety. Let me tell you,  that Kudosannt is really good!! I top mine off with Nutella and we ended up ordering 2 more, lol. I went to exit 201 before,  I remember it was not a BBQ place. More like your usual sitdown order kind of resto with a bar on the side. Nice ambiance though. Good food!

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    Velo_Cinco Sunday, February 26, 2017

    AH!! THANK YOU FOR THIS LIST!! I was looking for things to do the day of the EXO Concert <33333#spaday

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    karmun92 Sunday, February 26, 2017

    As someone who lives in the town next to Pal Park, im happy to see this article. People always head to ktown in nyc when Bergen County has its very own legit kotea town. The whole area surrounding pal park has many korean locations from numerous cafes, karaoke, marts, clothing stores, beauty stores to restaurants. Ive always wanted idols to head here bc its less crazy than 32nd street. Ive only known of Jessi and members of 2pm to come here...and possibly jyj. The places on this list are great to start with and luckily, there's so much more to try :)

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    Fariiaa Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Americans have some disgusting food!

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    Tae_Browniie Fariiaa Sunday, February 26, 2017

    wtf does this have to do with the article?

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    ladydahlia629 Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Well I'm not surprised that these places made the list considering how Bergen County as big Korean population in general. Some of my favorite places I like to go to is Ahri's Kitchen, Bonchon Kitchen and Kraverie in Jersey City since those are the closest Korean food places near me.

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    maragana ladydahlia629 Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Woop! Jersey City represent!

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    ladydahlia629 maragana Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Yep since I'm a Jersey City girl at heart :)

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