bibim bap and more generally best Korean Midtown?
- jenkalb Sep 18, 1998 10:22 AM
I really like just about all bibim bap versions I've been served (or made) - but are there any places in Midtown South area that make it particularly well? Any place that is the frontrunning Korean overall right now?
Han Bat on W 36th serves excellent bibimbap. It is
served in a hot stone crock, so that the rice on the
bottom gets crusty by the time you get down to it, and
tasty from absorbing all the juices from what is on
top. The best Korean in midtown? I'm not cure, but
definitely worth a stop for lunch.
re: Alan Divack
Han Bat is best known for its sulong tang. Midtown is
not the best place to get korean (Queens is,
obviously), but Korea Palace on e. 54th is pretty
good...its a pleasant place to eat. I know there are a
couple other places in the area, but i've never eaten
at any of them.
In "Koreatown," on w. 35th street are woo chon and yet
jip, which are both ok...they have the better pan chan
in the area. Personally, all of my faves are in Fort
Lee and Queens...
hey everyone, i'm new to chowhound but i thought i'd
put my two cents in. as far as 32nd street between 5th
and Broadway (now known as Korea Way), I think that
most of the big places are pretty comparable, except
that certain places are more known for particular
dishes. For example, I would go to Dae Dong Myun Ok
for their naengmyun, which is cold noodle soup and
excellent for the upcoming warm weather. Put in a
little vinegar (supplied on your table next to the soy
sauce) to taste and slurp away. You can't beat it.
their Korean bbq is pretty good as well. Kumgangsan,
which is probably one of the best in Flushing, also
just opened up on 32nd, and their teuk kalbi (special
kalbi), a form of korean bbq, is excellent. Wonjo is
pretty good in general, though slipping I think.
There's a new soondubu place that also just opened up
on the second floor above this cafe called Spot.
Soondubu, is a hot tofu stew, usually with seafood in
it. They can make it as spicy as you like it. this is
a favorite dish of many koreans, the tofu is silken and
absorbs the spicy flavor of the broth and seafood,
mmmm. the soondubu i had at daedong was pretty good
the one time i had it there. if you're looking for
sulrongtang, although hanbat's is good, most koreans
prefer gam mee ok on 32nd. That's pretty much all they
make there, and the broth has been brewing in huge
cauldrons for at least 24 hours there. My friend also
describes their kimchi as "magical". I must agree
their kimchi is pretty darn good. And if you're
looking for chinese-influenced korean food, there's
sang choon won on 32nd as well. Go there for the ja
jang myun and jam bbong. Also the kan poong ki and
tang su yook is good there. If you want more details
or have more questions, ask away, i'm a chowhound in
every sense of the word and will be more than happy to
share my thoughts on just about any restaurant i've
eaten in the city. people at work call me the walking
zagat so don't be shy. by the way, ate at tabla
recently and loved it. best place i've been to in a
re: Wonki Kim
try kiya on 32nd. it's tucked away from korean way,
but has a wide variety of korean and other dishes. by
far the best cha chan myun in all of mid-town.
their specialty is the shabu shabu. yeah, i know not
really korean. but they offer a real wide variety of
foods, including sushi. try it. it is a real change
from having a menu of three or four things on the menu
that is all korean to having a real variety when
you're feeling discontent with only a full korean fare.