Se Ja Meh: New Korean Restaurant in Lower Manhattan

Tonight for dinner, I went to try out the newly-opened Se Ja Meh (meaning 3 sisters in Korean, and alternately spelled “Seh Ja Meh” and “Se Ja Meh” in their site and menu – oops, oh well whatever!).  It’s located at 114 Greenwich St, just up the street from my apartment building.  Now that I no longer work by Koreatown, I have started to really miss my 3-4 day-a-week Korean food lunches.  Se Ja Meh definitely compares in price and quality to my Koreatown fav, Seoul Garden. Now that I have a Korean place on the block, I can probably spare myself the trip up to K-Town.

I ordered the yellow tail scallion roll (above) for a starter.  Ok, sushi is not Korean, but I wanted to check it out anyway.  The sushi was decent; fresh fish and slighty too mushy rice – a problem all too common at sushi places in New York, so I’m not going to be too much of a sushi snob and pick on them for this point.  If I have another sushi craving, I’ll just stick to my usual local fav, Takahachi Tribeca.

And here’s the panchan (side dishes) below that typically come included with your meal at Korean restaurants.  Everything is on par in the panchan department.

For my main, I ordered the kimchi soondooboo (kimchi tofu stew).  The stew was rich with plenty of soft creamy tofu.  The kimchi and chili infused broth was flavorful without being too salty and in the right proportion to the tofu and other ingredients, in other words, not too much broth, two problems that plague lesser Korean establishments.  WaWa Canteen, I’m talking to you!

The place is clean, tastefully minimalist in decor and the service super nice, so I’ll definitely be back.  Plus, the location can’t get more convenient.

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  • John H

    I went there a couple of times, and like mentioned above, it was clean and the location was very convenient.
    One thing that was NOT mentioned above is the price. I have never seen a korean restaurant so expensive around here. The popular korean bbq, Kalbi, would normally cost around $23-$24 in Ktown in 32nd street, but here it’s whopping $26 dollars! I am willing to pay good price for good food, but honestly, the food I had couldn’t be compared to Ktown restaurants.I tried Kalbi, Pork Kalbi, Chicken BBQ, and 3 other soups as well as Sushi and some of the pancakes. Except for Kalbi and Pork Kalbi, all the other dishes were just ok. Maybe I would be so critical of their food if the price was justly reflected, but it was not, so I expected a better, more authentic Korean food.

    For Lunch, I highly recommend ‘Hanover 5 Cafe’ in Hanover Street. It actually has the best korean food around financial district/downtown area. They are also considering dinner/deliveries starting around March, I think.

    If Seh Ja Meh lowers the prices and improve the quality, it would be my favorite, closest to home, korean restaurant.

  • steve z

    My wife and I went this past Friday food was very good but pricey. The music ( bad 70’s , 80’s) terrible.

    !ottom line is is great to have quality ‘orean food so close to home (88 greenwich) Tx for the reviewam