BonChon on John


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

BonChon’s John Street location in New York City, just a few blocks away from the World Trade Center, is the best BonChon I’ve been to. It’s also one of my most favorite spots in the entire city. Because this BonChon is right in the heart of Pace University’s Manhattan campus, the restaurant has an intimate bar feel to it and is filled with students and recent graduates, making this BonChon the best for night life.

The food:
The food at BonChon is the main reason why I’m such a huge fan. I’ve mentioned before that BonChon as a chain conjures up some fantastic chicken, but this location goes above and beyond with their assortment of Korean chicken tacos, quesadillas, and sliders, among other great menu items.

Of course, tacos, quesadillas, and sliders are a bit of a staple when it comes to college bar food, but BonChon’s take on these classics is a consistently refreshing one. The best thing I’ve had on the menu so far is the crispy chicken soft tacos with kimchi coleslaw and spicy mayo. If you don’t want any of those items in your tacos, BonChon on John offers several other options.

The drinks:
The bar at BonChon is a great one. The cocktail list is inventive and reasonably priced for New York, but the best thing about it is the beer. BonChon offers decent beer on tap, like Blue Moon and Sapporo, for only $4. That’s a great deal anywhere and it’s a steal in New York City.

The service/ambience:
This is truly a great college bar. The walls are lined with big screen televisions and the lighting is dim. A fair amount of the waitresses and waiters are Pace students and I go there often with Pace graduates, who are always treated like family. Even when I’m not with Pace graduates, the service is quick, helpful, and friendly.

BonChon is located right smack in between the World Trade Center and South Street Seaport, so when you’re ready for some fresh air there are great options within five minutes walking distance.