Little Korea -- nice and easy and inexpensive for visiting relatives?
Relatives visiting, staying in Little Korea. They're all over 60 years old, not chowhounds, they love Italian and Latin and Chinese food, and more or less can take Indian food if it's not too spiced.
What can they have in Little Korea that would please conventional taste and would not break their budget?
One of them was asking about soup the other day and I didn't know what to say. Would like to recommend a Korean place so they have something different... but not *too* different.
I'd recommend Han Bat, which is a truly inexpensive Korean diner with great food. The banchan may include things that are odd to them; if so, more for you! The dolsot bibimbap (both regular and hyaemul = seafood) is excellent. And for soup, they can get sulong tang, which if they can get over the fact that it's made with cow feet, is a really soothing and mild broth.
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Barbecue at a Korean place shouldn't be threatening & should be fun, and pa jun (Korean pancakes) and mandoo (dumplings) should also be fine. Kum Gang San, NY Kom Tang Soot Bul House, Won Jo & Kang Suh, all on 32nd are good.
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And just FYI, and not to be insulting, but it's Koreatown, or K-Town, not Little Korea. If they linke BBQ, I'd recommend one of the Korean BBQ joints on 32nd - definitely not too "out there" but an interesting experience that many seem to love. You can easily split an order between two or three people if you get some smaller dishes like mandoo or bibimbap (just tell them it's fried rice with vegetables - go for the dol sot bibimbap - it comes in a sizzling crock. (You need to stir the egg into it so it cooks.)