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Date Visited: April 3, 2017 | Address: 15 E 31st St

“Guys, I just realized something. It’s called Take31 because it’s located on 31st Street.” – Alex “Woah. Mind. Officially. Blown.” – Weilun

It is an early Sunday evening, and I am sitting in the corner of a cozy Koreatown restaurant surrounded by seven of my Welcome Week friends, many of whom I had not seen since the first semester of college.

The dishes arrive quickly, one after the other, beautifully plated and hot to the touch. Two orders of Budae Jjigae, an army-inspired ramen dish, fill the air with a spicy aroma as they boil on hot plates in front of us. After we devour every last morsel of food way too quickly, the table is cleared, but we hang back just a little longer to share untold stories.

Before I head out the door, I tell my friends that this was the best meal I’ve had in a long time. The company probably had a lot to do with it.



  1. tapas plates

  2. Corn Pancake 

  3. crispy Havana-style corn pancake

  4. Fire-Grilled Salmon Cake

  5. fire-grilled chili salmon, cucumber, avocado, coleslaw & sushi rice with lemon-zest vinaigrette

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Corn Pancake

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Fire-Grilled Salmon Cake

  1. specialities

  2. Braised Pork Belly

  3. slow-cooked, Korean-style pork belly with white kimchi and scallions in chef’s sauce

  4. Garlic Crusts & Spicy Crispy Chicken

  5. deep-fried boneless chicken tossed in spicy honey sauce and served with crispy garlic crusts

  6. Budae Jjigae

  7. spicy Korean-style broth with kimchi, sausages, spam, vegetables, and cheese served with ramen noodles

  8. Pork Belly Rice Crepe Wrap

  9. tender slices of grilled pork belly covered with toasty injeolmi & soybean powder served with bonito-onion salad

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Braised Pork Belly

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Garlic Crusts & Spicy Crispy Chicken

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Budae Jjigae

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Pork Belly Rice Crepe Wrap

  1. noodles and rice

  2. Shiitake Bulgogi Japchae

  3. stir-fried glass noodles with ribeye, shiitake mushrooms, and vegetables in soy sauce

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Shiitake Bulgogi Japchae

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