Li Hua is a tastefully modern Korean restaurant at the corner of Grand St & Center St in Chinatown. The dining space is open but quiet, well-suited for lunch with a few friends. The kitchen serves up high-quality Korean classics like gopdol, bibimbab, scallion pancakes and ribs at downright reasonable prices -- entrées are $10 to $15. The bowls of "little eats" that come out at the beginning of the meal are appetizing even to Korean-food neophytes. I also recommend the warm house sake, even at lunchtime, even if you've never had sake.
VERDICT: Much better than Manna Express off Union Square. If you have a Korean lunch itch that needs scratching, try Li Hua.