Discover the Rich Flavors of Korean-Chinese Cuisine at This Restaurant in Koreatown

Credit: Steve Jang

While Korean-Chinese cuisine has a rich history dating back to the 19th century, there are very minimal establishments offering such gastronomy in New York City. OCTO aims to change this.

Credit: Steve Jang

Spearheaded by Steve and Christina Jang––the duo renowned for the oldest Korean BBQ joint in Manhattan, NewWonjo––OCTO brings forth a fresh perspective that blends the distinct flavors of Korean and Chinese dishes within a spacious and art-filled venue.

Credit: Steve Jang

Pronounced as [oak-toh], the name itself holds significance as it translates to “good soil” in both Korean and Chinese. OCTO reflects the restaurant’s aspiration to nurture growth and flourishing, not only in the kitchen but also in the experiences of its team members and guests. OCTO endeavors to be a place where memories are made, traditions are honored, and guests can embark on a journey of exploration and discovery.

Credit: Steve Jang

Offering a fine dining experience at an approachable price point, each plate is carefully curated to not only resonate with the Korean and Chinese communities seeking comforting flavors of home while also satisfying New Yorkers’ desire to embrace new fare. 

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The most coveted dish is the OCTO Peking Duck––served as a half or whole, OCTO ducks are sourced humanely from a small, family-owned farm in Pennsylvania. Slow-roasted to achieve a crispy outer layer and juicy meat, the duck is sliced and served with traditional accompaniments.

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Do not fret if the OCTO Peking Duck is sold out for the day: there is an array of delectable options from which to choose. Start with the Jellyfish Salad, Cucumber Radish Salad, or a Crispy Shrimp Mini Sandwich. Signature dishes such as the Glazed Orange King Prawns made with dried orange, crispy garlic, kale, chili, and Chinese yellow wine; and Soy Crispy Chicken prepared with jalapeño, red pepper, romaine lettuce, and soy vinegar dressing should not be missed.

A seamless fusion of Korean and Chinese traditions and tastes awaits at OCTO.

Top Takeaways

Location: Koreatown, New York City

Address: 1 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

Cuisine: Korean-Chinese

Price Point: $$

Takes Reservations: Yes –– Resy

The vibe: The décor and menu flawlessly marries the serious nature of Chinese cooking techniques with playful Korean plating and design elements.

Our favorite thing on the menu: The OCTO Peking Duck is highly coveted and often sells out. We recommend the Glazed Orange King Prawns, Sesame Dan-Dan Noodles, and Soy Crispy Chicken.

The attire: Smart Casual

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner: OCTO is open for lunch Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Dinner is served until 11:30 p.m. on Friday. OCTO is open for lunch and dinner service on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

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