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Despite sitting in the shade of the Empire State Building, and within steps of Herald Square, Koreatown, or K-Town as it's locally known, is not a tourist destination. In fact, it feels decidedly off-the-beaten track and insulated, as though locals wryly planted their own place to eat, drink, be merry, and get a massage, right under the noses of millions of tourists. Technically, Koreatown runs from 31st to 36th streets and between Fifth and Sixth avenues, though the main drag is 32nd Street between Fifth and Broadway. Known as Korea Way, this strip is home to 24-7 Korean barbecue joints, karaoke bars, and spas, all piled on top of each other. Fill up on kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage), kimbap (seaweed rice), and red bean doughnuts (delicious), try some authentic Asian karaoke, and then top off your Koreatown experience by stepping into a jade igloo sauna (at Juvenex Spa, 25 West 32nd St.) Expect bang for your buck, to rub elbows with locals, and bragging rights over visitors who followed the crowds to Chinatown.
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