In Korea, kimbap the Korean sushi roll is eaten as a quick snack or as a dish perfect for outdoor picnics. We’ve come across a store in New York that specializes in making traditional kimbap, as well as some unusual flavor combos. This week we introduce E-Mo, a small storefront run by a Korean couple located right in the center of K-Town (a.k.a. Koreatown) in Manhattan. Keeping true to the roots of the dish, E-Mo operates on very minimal space (unfortunately, no seating!) making it the perfect grab-and-go store.

The beef kimbap is a traditional take on this Korean rice roll, with beef, carrots, pickled radish, greens, and a dash of sesame oil. The sesame oil is what brings this dish together and gives that Korean touch as opposed to Japanese sushi, which uses rice vinegar for flavoring. More interesting combinations include Jalapeno kimbap, spicy tuna, cheese, and mushroom kimbap. But, we highly recommend the beef kimbap–because you can’t go wrong with a classic!

2 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001