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Alan Bromberg Apr 29, 1998 06:03 PM

Heard there was a major review of Bo's in Queens coming out.Has anyone seen anything?

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    Dave Feldman Apr 30, 1998 12:17 AM

    You missed it Alan! It was Eric Asimov's main review last week. It was a sweet review that captured the essence of the place.

    Dave

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      Brian Yarvin May 3, 1998 08:50 AM

      After all the talk in the papers I dined at Bo last
      night. I think it's already going downhill.

      Instead of the wonderful service, every menu selection
      was challenged by a waitress who told us we wouldn't
      like the food because we weren't Korean.

      The food was bland and dissapointing. Completely
      lacking in the sharp, tonic jolt one associates with
      Korean food.

      And the vast majority of my fellow diners were
      non-Asians clutching torn pages from the New York Times
      or Newsday or even the Village Voice.

      After my meal, I went over to Korea Town Plaza, just to
      refresh my memory.

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        Jim Leff May 3, 1998 11:46 AM

        "Instead of the wonderful service, every menu selection

        was challenged by a waitress who told us we wouldn't

        like the food because we weren't Korean."

        this means that those Times-clutching diners have been complaining about the less familiar dishes, perhaps even refusing to pay for stuff they find less than pleasing. This is the problem when you're a Times reviewer...many of your readers are famously imperious and--when it comes to less familiar cuisines like Korean--provincial, and you've got to be careful where you sic them. It's a shame to hear that the staff has become so skittish, but they sure didn't start out that way. I think Asimov was correct in gauging this a Times-reader-friendly kitchen, but apparently not...

        "The food was bland and disappointing. Completely lacking in the sharp, tonic jolt one associates with Korean food"

        It NEVER had the sharp, tonic jolt one associates with Korean food; Asimov did a great job--I thought--in explaining that this is a homier, gentler, more subtle style of Korean cooking (and a very authentic one at that...Koreans love the place). There are hundreds of tonic jolt korean places in Manhattan; why make the trip to Queens for more of the same?

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        Lisa Antinore May 3, 1998 11:01 AM

        If you want to read the actual review go to KEYWORD: NYTimes and follow the prompts to get to the dining the Dining Section. Asmimov's review of Bo is right there.

        Lisa

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