Dramabeans Meetup in NYC
by | March 29, 2013 | 202 Comments

Hey guys, the date of the Dramabeans Meetup is fast approaching, so we wanted to give you the final details of when and where to come meet us. If you’re in the New York area, stop by The 13th Step for a drink and talk dramas with the DB crew, including our lovely recap minions. We’ll be in the Vice & Virtue Room (we wanted vice only but damn that virtue had to tag along). It is a 21+ event, so you have two weeks to get your fakes made. [A joke! Hahahaha, nervous laughing, totally not serious or endorsing criminal activity in any way.]

DATE: Thursday, April 11, 2013
TIME: 7pm – 10pm
PLACE: The 13th Step (in the East Village), Vice & Virtue Room

If you need to contact us the day of, feel free to email or tweet us (@javabeans and @girlfriday_db), or scream, “Omagaaaawd it’s Lee Min-ho!” and head in the general direction of the ensuing stampede. But since I’m pretty sure there will be heels and liquor involved, we recommend the first two options.

If you have questions, ask ’em here!

202 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. lee_junne

    How I wish I could be there with you fellow Beanies..

    • 1.1 RockPaperScissors

      I second that!

    • 1.2 Gom

      Me too. This is so sad. :((

    • 1.3 snow_white

      me too….

    • 1.4 Moll

      Please post pictures or something! Wish I could be there 🙁

    • 1.5 tiny

      I am super jealous 🙁

      please post a lot of pics. no matter how embarrassing since heels + liquor = @_@

      • 1.5.1 Kiara

        heels + liquor+ karaoke = real K-drama fans.

    • 1.6 Belle3005

      I guess the meetups in our respective countries will have to make do. I’m still sad about living halfway across the globe but it’s not my fault that Malaysia is so darn far for the US,so there goes. CHEER UP YEOROBUN! There will be pictures up(I hope!) for us to sort of get the feel of it.

      • 1.6.1 nat

        i’ll represent Malaysia for you 🙂 i’ll bring our flag if necessary!

    • 1.7 Hagar

      ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!

      • 1.7.1 JoAnne

        Hagar like the cartoon, Hagar? I LOVED Hagar! And his wife, hahahahah omg…memories.

    • 1.8 Sabah

      I’m pretty low maintenance, and let go of many things my heart wants but sometimes there are some things that I just always wish I had. This is going to be one of those things.

      Regardless, I’m sending out lots and lots of warm and positive vibes for the meet up. Wishing all those that go much merriment and amusement!

  2. Saema

    THIS makes me feel so bitter 🙁 wy do i live on the other side of the world ,WHY?

    • 2.1 Ivoire

      I won’t be able to be in NY, however, I hope to be able to attend one of the meetups one day. Hopefully, this will happen again, maybe once or twice a year. Thank you JB and GF for organizing this. I am sure you guys will have a lot of fun…

  3. jomo

    The 13th Step
    It’s between a Starbucks and a Thai restaurant, The Holy Basil. How do I know this? I street viewed it.
    Thank you, Googles!

    I will be there with my friend who doesn’t watch dramas but loves THT anyway.
    I cannot tell you how excited I am.

    Just wondering, if 12% of that number of folks who said they would go actually go, that is over 200 people.
    (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

    Who else will go? All your minions, gummi, kaedejun, both of her 2 Heads?

    • 3.1 HeadsNo2

      *raises hand* But alas, I won’t be looking like a failed science experiment. One head it is!

      • 3.1.1 Arhazivory


    • 3.2 JoAnne

      I am seriously reconsidering my earlier decision to be a responsible adult and not use ANOTHER two days of vacation in support of my K-obsession. (I do not regret ONE MOMENT of my trip to see the Boys Who Bang)

      I may just swoop in late in the day on Thursday and swoop out again in the morning. Have laptop, can work remotely. I don’t have to tell the people I reschedule WHY I need to be in NYC suddenly.

      • 3.2.1 alua

        No fun being a responsible adult.

        Go go go! (In place of those of us that can’t. Though truth be told, if I could, I probably wouldn’t, because I’m too shy. Took my fellow London K/J-film bloggers nearly a year to meet me. One even told me I was as elusive as an obake. :-D)

        • JoAnne

          Well it also turns into a $500-$600 trip between trains, hotels, cabs, BOOZE…there’s also that part of the responsible adulthood being a drag. But man, I’ve scoped out the trains I’m looking at hotels…I know exactly where this is – between St. Mark’s Place and Astor Place.


          • JoAnne

            F-it. I just booked the room.

          • alua

            (apparently that’s the Korean emoticon for dancing. That’s a dance of me cheering your irresponsible-adult-ness)

          • alua
          • alua

            Doesn’t appear for some reason

            (breaking it down with spaces inserted, maybe that’ll work)

          • alua

            still not!

            okay, let’s just make it an imaginary dance…

          • JoAnne

            *dances with Alua, while wishing she could come, too.*

          • ck1Oz

            GO it’s a once in a lifetime.
            Have fun, don’t drink too much that you can’t remember what’s happening 🙂

          • Julia the Berkshire Beanie

            JoAnne: Just as anxiety that I booked a room in KTown and the event is somewhere else in the city had me frightened about making in around the scary big city, I see that you are coming to the event and I am back into super excited mode. Yeah!

            Please, if anyone else is going back to Hotel Stanford after the event and wants to share a cab, let Julia know. (Will it narrow it down that I am a white haired 50 year old woman?)

          • JoAnne

            Julia, I look forward to meeting you! – The Stanford, I should have just done that. I got a place in the East Village thinking I would just stay down that end.

            I found what looks like a pretty decent restaurant not all that far from the venue, too – NY Tofu House – soondubu! galbi! soju! bibimbap! ddukbokki! But there’s tons of choices, and you’re staying IN KTown. I was very happy with Silla when I was last in that neighborhood.

          • alua

            NY Tofu House? What’s the NY Tofu House?


          • JoAnne

            It’s one of those restaurants that is mostly known for soondubu jigae, but you can order other stuff too – I like my soondubu with beef and kimchi and a side of galbi! My friend likes the soondubu with seafood. You can get it with chicken, pork, more tofu, it’s yummy!

            They also serve the short ribs (galbi) and bibimbap in the stone pots and all that kind of thing. Hungry already!

          • jomo

            Julia and Joanne and whomever else wants – let’s do lunch, or dinner or breakfast -whichever works.
            We can try to meet up earlier on Thursday or on Friday.
            My arrival time will depend on traffic into the city.
            We could get there as early as 1pm*
            *totally pie in the sky estimate…

          • Arhazivory

            lol…! Adulthood rocks.

          • Eileen

            Just booked mine too! I’ll be staying at InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, if anyone is going near Grand Central. Priceline has awesome price, btw, if you do your own bid!

            Let me check out the room first, but if we don’t go karoake, having somewhere to have an afterparty would be awesome. 🙂

          • absolute

            good job! you are a perfectly responsible kdrama fan!

      • 3.2.2 Raine

        Yes! Go in my stead!

    • 3.3 gummimochi

      Present! *packs all the gummi candy possible*

      • 3.3.1 delicatecloud

        Wow… Lookling forward to meeting you. I have enjopyed your rwcaps opn Incarnation of Money.

        • dduk

          SAME!!! I really am looking forward to meet everyone! Can’t wait!

    • 3.4 canxi

      Me! With a friend 🙂 Me in heels, though? Ohoho…I WILL fall. Will probably wear flats.

    • 3.5 Pipit

      Yay! Jomo will be there with friends who loves THT (HOW I WISH THAT WAS ME!).

      *in a very small whisper: ‘How about the fake ID Jomo? Did you actually make it? Anyway, you’re the coolest Mom in the world.’

  4. Redskirt

    Have so much fun Beanies! I’ll be thinking of you in San Diego 🙂 (I don’t *live* there, but that’s where I’ll be on the 11th)

  5. Ashley

    I wish I could be there, but I hope you guys have lots of fun! Please take lots of pictures so we, the unfortunate souls who cannot not be there, can live vicariously through them 😉

  6. Roxy

    Please post pictures and stuff after the meetup for those of us who unfortunately can’t come!

    Have fun! 🙂 *dies of jealousy*

  7. kdwkyah

    yeh- have fun lucky peeps who are going~
    and share with us all the juicy stuff we miss out on 😛

  8. cv

    Sooo jealous! Have fun n tweet, post pics up on here! 🙂

    • 8.1 Mystisith

      Someone needs to create a #hashtag on twitter so we can follow the craziness!

      • 8.1.1 girlfriday


        • Mystisith

          YES! ^^

        • Julia the Berkshire Beanie

          I will be at the DramaBeans Meetup #DBMeetup (My first hashtag!)

        • ckdarkraven23

          any chance for meetup #2 happening 3rd or 4th quarter of this year?? 😀

      • 8.1.2 JoAnne

        can you IMAGINE what OT is gonna be like that next morning?

        • Mystisith

          I’m just waiting for it. Kekeke…

  9. Chinky

    Have fun girls! Wish I could attend but I’m on the opposite side of the planet. Please post pictures. May the force be with you! 🙂

  10. 10 mskololia

    Have fun!

  11. 11 indian_monsoon

    I’ll definitely try my best to be there!

  12. 12 Megan

    I live in the east village. 13 steps is like five minutes away!!!!

    • 12.1 jomo

      Ut-oh, did you just invite us over? JUST KIDDING!

  13. 13 kika

    You girls should do a world tour! And maybe even ticketed fanmeetings!!

  14. 14 jubilantia

    Aaaah wish I could come. Have fun, everybody!

  15. 15 acejihyo

    would love to go, but tbh i feel pretty awkward going by myself/busing back that late.

    • 15.1 Keiko

      Same here tbh ^^;

      • 15.1.1 acejihyo

        i could probably get over going by myself, but busing back that late would totally not be safe/recommended for me.

    • 15.2 Taber

      Where are you coming from?

      • 15.2.1 acejihyo


        • Taber

          That sucks! I’m coming from CT I would love to have someone ride up there with me!

          • acejihyo

            ack, totally the wrong direction ;~;

  16. 16 Hiba

    Omg I envy you guys I really wanna do this ! But I really can’t ! I’m so sad ! Shhh pls post videos and photos ! Pls pls pls

  17. 17 iphis

    yeah, even a few tweeted pics during the event will make us feel a part of the fun. i’m dying to know if even 500-600 people will turn up, how amazing would that be/how would you all fit or find anyone?!

    so wish i lived in new york. i don’t drink but i would so go to this thing.

  18. 18 Jambo

    I’m so jealous!

  19. 19 Jambo

    I’m so jealous, I forgot to say have fun!

  20. 20 Ophie

    I am actually jumping up and down!!! I am so excited. I have my airline ticket and room and I will be there!!! I can’t believe I am going (you should have seen the expression on my husbands face when I asked if I could go…LOL). I am pretty shy but I love my Dramabeans can’t wait to meet all of you!

  21. 21 NewFan

    I hope you have a great turnout and everyone has an awesome time!

  22. 22 Melmax

    LA Beanie here, JEALOUS!!!!! How about videocam, please?

    • 22.1 Pipit

      Yes please. A video of that night would be awesome!

  23. 23 Denali

    Just curious: has any male confirmed coming other than Lee Min HoT such as Lee Jung Jae, Park Kyeo Won and regular Beanies? Might Samsooki and family “cameo”? 😀

    • 23.1 Jim

      I plan to come.

      • 23.1.1 Pipit

        I’m rooting for you Jim ^_^

    • 23.2 Pipit

      LOL! Our male comrades are going to be the stars in that meeting.

  24. 24 gem

    too bad my New York trip this year got pushed WAY back. have fun everyone! please take a lot of pics! ^_^

  25. 25 pumpkinattack

    Ermahgerd! This sounds like so much fun!

  26. 26 haizah

    Have fun and dont forget to post pics for us who are unable to join but wish we were there.

  27. 27 delicatecloud

    Will be there – looking forward to meeting everyone. So glad that the time has changed. New timing is better for me to get to the venue and have time enough to get to know you all.

  28. 28 Lovebug

    Was already heading to NYC the following date, about to look into changing my flight and finding a place to stay! Anyone else going solo?

  29. 29 TG

    oh man – this is right around the corner from me too but I’ll be out of town. Maybe we can do a subsequent meetup for people who live in the area? Make it a regular thing?

  30. 30 Korazy Lady

    I’m so bummed! I’ll still be in Florida–we’re not heading home until the following day. Have a great time! I’ll have some soju shots in Florida that evening for you guys

    • 30.1 JoAnne


      • 30.1.1 Korazy Lady

        You know I love a good meet-up! I can’t believe the timing is off by a few days and unfortunately I’ve got plans that can’t be changed. I’m hoping for a CA one next.

        Sounds like it will be a good crowd!

  31. 31 dbfan

    have fun beanies! And just when i thought that california is becoming the “anything korean” haven, ny comes along 🙁
    Wish i could meet fellow beanies in ny, but then again i’m still a minor 😛

  32. 32 penny

    Ha! I’m watching this drama right now and the picture threw me for a minute.

    Hope you guys have a great time at the meet up!

  33. 33 Curlyjewels

    I reside in Florida and I would attend if there was a LIVE STREAM!

    • 33.1 Jas

      I second that- LIVE STREAM is an awesome idea!!! Pleasee!!!

  34. 34 dduk

    YAY East coast meet up! I’m so there!

  35. 35 cheleilei

    omgosh THE ONE TIME IT’S REALLY CLOSE I HAVE CLASS so I can’t come… blah… or should I just skip and come meet? dilemma….

    • 35.1 Lovebug

      You need to ask yourself life’s harder question. Whats more important – Dramas or your education! (ha its funny that the answer is not that clear, lol).

  36. 36 Melissa


  37. 37 Betty

    Is it liquor only, come with full stomach? Or, will be eating and drinking into the night?

    • 37.1 girlfriday

      Come with full stomachs! We’d love to feed all 200+ of you, but uh, we’re not ballers, we’re just *us*! 🙂

    • 37.2 gummimochi

      But don’t worry – there are plenty of restaurants open late around the area! 🙂

      • 37.2.1 ckdarkraven23

        i hope there’s another meet up the second half of 2013 in NYC 😀

  38. 38 kumi

    I like drama and people, but I don’t drink liquor or eat meat. I guess that means I’m out of such gatherings 🙂

    • 38.1 JoAnne

      Why? No one will hold you down and force feed you or hook you up to an intravenous feed of booze. I will have a couple drinks but I never get drunk, especially in public. I’m guessing it won’t be a free for all, booze-wise.

    • 38.2 dduk

      WAE!? it’s not like you haaavveee to drink/ eat meat! just come for the company!

    • 38.3 canxi

      Yeah, come with a full tummy of whatever you choose and just satiate yourself at the bar with drama-talk! 😀

    • 38.4 Briggy(@subin70)

      I don’t drink at all but I’ll be there

  39. 39 canxi

    SO…are we gonna have name tags with our usernames on it?
    That would be helpful! If anything, I’ll just wear one XD OR if a girl named Candice comes in…that’s me!! 😀

    • 39.1 JoAnne

      I guess this is where my literal interpretation of ‘Name’ will come in handy. It never occurred to me that I could make one up, back then.

      • 39.1.1 canxi

        Lol, I might change it to my real name. I’ve been wanting to but then I think no will recognize me haha

        • jomo

          What does canxi reference, btw?
          For some reason I thought it was a romanized Chinese word.

          • canxi

            Lol, no no! Though it does look like it.

            It’s my nickname “Candi” with the ‘x’ as a variable for ‘d’. It happened on another site where I was creating a username and since I’m bad at it, I just wanted to use my nickname but it was taken. So I stuck an ‘x’ where the ‘d’ was. I liked how it looked, so I now I use this name for a bunch of things, lol.

    • 39.2 OMG

      i can buy those “name tags” from some store and bring them with me

      • 39.2.1 canxi

        That would be so nice! 😀 If you do, I will help you hand them out (=

    • 39.3 jomo

      We would have to have
      Three names:

      1. DB handle
      2. Real name
      3. Your Mine (Anticipating fist fights.)

      But it will be really difficult to call people by their real name after all these years!

      • 39.3.1 canxi

        Lol! We can make a drinking game for how many people put “Lee Min Ho” as their Mine, lol! Well…it may only be one certain person HAHA.

  40. 40 Anya1

    really wish that i could be there too! 🙁
    hope to see looots of pictures for all of us who are missing out 🙂

  41. 41 Danna

    Yesssss… I just have to make sure absolutely nothing gets scheduled for this day….unfortunately, I do have something to attend the next morning so taking into account my commute I’m not sure if I can stay the whole three hours….but I’m still coming….don’t know how much I beat myself up for not being able to see JB and GF at comicon….I hope our weather here gets warmer by then too

  42. 42 Jolie

    Wow…I can’t even tell you how close my home is to that bar……(a hop and a skip away!)

  43. 43 Julia the Berkshire Beanie

    Just reading this thread, looks like these folks will be there

  44. 44 neliq


    Count me in!!

    Julia – K-town is on 32nd Street and I have to take the Railroad on 34th Street to get back home. If you still need someone to share the taxi with you, let me know.

    • 44.1 Julia the Berkshire Beanie

      Neliq, Will do. See you April 11th.

  45. 45 meanrice

    Live tweet please! To cushion the blow of not going to the inaugural meet-up, im going to attend a farm to table fundraiser with celebrity chefs.

  46. 46 Ana

    I Shall See you there Lovely Drama Lady’s!!!! <3

  47. 47 AnotherFan

    Kekkekeke (my jealous chuckle)… Have lots of fun my fellow beanies(and expecting a lot of pictures)!

  48. 48 Taber

    It’s a 2 hour drive for me, do any one knows
    about the parking?

    • 48.1 canxi

      In the east village? Since it’s the city, I’d expect it to be pretty crowded. You can try looking it up for around the area (maybe there is a parking lot near by), but I expect you’d probably have to park a block or so away somewhere and then walk to the bar.

      • 48.1.1 JoAnne

        I know there are little parking garages dotting that area, just not sure how close to the bar. You could google parking garages 2d ave and see.

  49. 49 Laica

    Am I crazy enough to drive 10 hrs from Toronto?

    I just might be… soooo tempted…

  50. 50 malta

    Woohoo! Leaving work early that Thursday…and if things go may not be going to work on Friday 😉

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