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I revisited Kori, a smallish Korean restaurant on Church St. between Leonard and Franklin, for lunch yesterday. My friend and I started with vegetable mandu, which were great. Tender but not mushy with a really good filling-to-wrap ratio. I had the dolsot bibimbop, also great. Very standard, but very tasty. My friend had the bulgogi lunch box, which I didn't taste. He raved, though, and wound up totally stuffed as in addition to a heap of meat the box came with a salad, rice, a large portion of plain japjae, mandu, and a piece of california roll. This was the first time I'd been back in quite a while, and I was glad to see that it was fairly crowded.(The chef/owner, Kori, is extremely kind and friendly, and while I was worried about the lack of business when they opened, the quiet made it possible for me to talk to her about her cooking!) I've never had dinner here, but it was written up in the article on nouveau Korean in Time Out a while ago and sounded quite good. In any case it's a great lunch option if you're in the neighborhood, and probably also someplace to keep in mind if you want slightly more subtle Korean food in a less chaotic atmosphere than the midtown places, but don't want to deal with snotty staff/weird bastardized dishes at some of the trendier fusion-y spots.

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