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Founder and President of miss Korea
Sophia Lee is the Founder and President of miss Korea, a Korean BBQ restaurant in K-Town, Manhattan.
Ms. Lee was born in Seoul Korea, has a masters degree in education and was an elementary school teacher for 23 years. In 1999, she joined her husband in the United States. Shortly after Ms. Lee arrived in NY, she and her husband opened a "one hour photo shop" in midtown.
In 2002, she opened her first restaurant in New Jersey, called SinSun-Sullongtang. Its menu was famed for the ox-bone soup, Sul-Long-Tang. With the success of the first restaurant in 2006, she opened a second restaurant named Shanghai Mong, an Asian Fusion Chinese Korean restaurant in K-town Manhattan. In 2009 she created her third restaurant, Haru Hana, a Japanese restaurant, also in K-Town. In 2010, she opened her forth restaurant, miss Korea, a Korean BBQ style restaurant. Today, Ms. Lee is focusing on managing and growing miss Korea.
Ms. Lee states that “happiness comes with delicious food at a great place” which is the mantra she follows in all her restaurants. She sees food and ambience as a way of promoting Korean culture.
Ms.Lee has been featured in various Korean magazines and newspapers, including Joongang Daily magazine, one of Korea’s top women’s magazine which covers Korean, international and fashion news.