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Gaonnuri is a perplexing place. One has to admire its aspirations: upscale Korean barbecue with a view to match its lofty name (`center of the world`). Immediately evident at their business lobby entrance, where staff unobtrusively whisks guests through turnstiles to elevators that deposit at Gaonnuri`s 39th floor perch. Step out to face hanging shelves of Korean moon jars over the small, sleek bar. This and the waiting area are separated from the restaurant by a glass wall of suspended wine bottles. It makes an impression, and not what a typical Koreatown eatery below strike.
Gaonnuri`s greatest asset is its breathtaking view. Designed to have part or all of three walls feature floor to ceiling windows, there are unobstructed views of the Midtown tableau. Truly spectacular, and best appreciated by timing an evening meal to coincide with the transition from daylight to dark.
The main dining room is spacious and appealingly laid out. Starting from the corner furthest from the windows, seating fans out first in a raised dining area, then to a semi-ring of comfortable booths, and onto tables that line the windows. Seating is comfortable and roomy.
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