Mongolian BBQ NYC
Does anyone have any information on Mongolian BBQ
Restaurants in NYC. We have only found places that
serve lunch in a cafeteria style setting called
"Canaan Food Services". The only Net listing we have
found is for King's on 31st street, but that
apparently has closed and only a fax tone is heard
upon dialing the given telephone number.
The "best" (i,.e., most comprehensive selection, most professional operation) Mongolian BBQ place I know is a small chain based in Boston calle Fire & Ice (http://www.fire-ice.com). They seem to be expanding slowly; in addition to their two original locations in Boston/Cambridge, they have one in Providence, one somewhere on the West Coast, and, apparently, one in West Nyack, in Rockland county. I know that's not exactly in Manhattan, but it might not be too bad a ride if you live in Westchester or Yonkers or near the NY/NJ border, or generally up in that direction. Dunno if that one's any good, though -- perhaps someone here has been there.
They have a sort of pseudo-Mongolian BBQ of the kind that Bob described on 5.17.99 above: you fill up a plastic container from an extensive salad (&raw meat) bar, then deliver it to a man -maybe Mongolian- who fries it up on a griddle for you. Not the sort of Mongolian place like the one behind Covent Garden, but good enough for lunch, anyway -there's seating upstairs
It's in the back of a normal salad bar on the SW corner of Third and 51st, called Azaria or something like that.
There are a bunch of big mid-town deli lunch places
that have "Mongolian BBQ" but they're really
interesting only because they're a little unusual.
The food is plain salad-bar standard ingredients with
some unimaginative sauces. Worse, the guys doing the
cooking are (rightfully) bored out of their minds and
often mix your food with somebody else's sauces or
loose big chunks of your food (at one place I tried, a
cook managed to lose all four pieces of broccoli I
included). If there any restaurants around that
actually try to do it right, I haven't heard of them.
i know of none in nyc. there used to be a couple in
NJ. I believe they've closed. there used to be one,
for a short time, on 3rd ave, across from cooper union
near the bookstore and the mcdonalds. I currently get
my mongolian bbq fix at BD's Mongolian BBQ in Bethesda
near the DC border on Wisconsin Ave. It's great! If
any one knows of any closer than this, I'd love to
If this is where you choose from a group of thinly
sliced meats, vegetables and sauces. Then bring it up
to a huge round flat grill where it is stir fried.
There is one on LI called uncle dai's in syosset or
woodbury. I am pretty sure it still there, it includes
a pretty mediocre chinese/japanese buffet. I have also
seen various salad bars offer this around manhattan.
If you are seeking REAL Mongolian food, you will not
find it, at least not in the States. REAL Mongolian
food is awful. It is not in the least related to what
we think of as "Chinese" food. I was in Ulaanbaatar
(capital of Mongolia) for 3 weeks in '95, and I lost 10
lbs., and that is no easy thing for me. But I ate
plenty of real Mongolian food, and that was the secret:
LOTS of boiled meat without seasonings, bitter
pickles, chopped cabbage, that sort of thing.
Fortunately, someone had recommended that I take a
bottle of hot sauce, and I liberally used that;
otherwise, I would no doubt have wasted away to
nothing. The places that are called "Mongolian BBQ"
are a semi-Chinese variation, and while some of them
are not bad, I think you're far better off with the
real thing -- that is, a good Chinese place. I DID
hear about a Mongolian place opening in DC a few years
back. It was real, it was authentic, and it closed
within a few weeks. I was not surprised.
re: Jim Huffman
In response to everyone looking for good Mongolian BBQ,
there is a great place in Los Angeles. Who knows if it
is authentic Mongolian or not, and who cares; this food
is addictive. It is in Westwood Village (ask any of the
UCLA students milling around where it is - chances are
they will know). This place is so popular it is almost
impossible to find a seat. But you can always carry it
out, just make sure you eat it while it's hot. They
offer chicken, lamb, pork and beef, noodles, veggies,
and different seasons and spices. They also offer this
great sesame bread that does a good job counteracting
the spicy BBQ I always challenge myself to. If you are
ever in L.A., you must check it out.
re: Alexis Markowitz
It's called "Mongols", it's on Gayley in Westwood Village (near UCLA). Yes, there are plenty of flies when they leave the front doors open, and I wouldn't use the bathroom without wearing a hazmat suit, but it's terrific food. Get it takeout, and avoid the flies. The food is addicting.
Mongolian BBQ in NJ:
JP Lee's in Millburn
318 Millburn Avenue
BBQ with Chinese Buffet and Sushi. All you can eat at
dinner time, limited to one bowl at lunch time.
Usually I only get one bowl any way with some chinese
vegies and sushi. They offer you soup, the hot & sour
is OK, but I usually skip it.
Oriental Grill at the Bergen Mall in Paramus
Looks like a typical chinese place that would be in
any mall, except its not in a food court. When we
lived in Fort Lee we would go to the mall just to go
here (enter the mall where you see the Wendy's). It's
sentimental, my husband took me there on our first
date! (and a movie) Their prices are by the bowl. A
couple years ago they added chinese (not buffet) but I
usually get the BBQ, which is pretty good if you know
what you are doing with the sauces. If you are coming
from NYC, take Route 4 from the GWB, it's about 10-15
min from bridge, you'll have to turn around after you
pass the mall as it is on 4 East, park around back by
the Wendy's. The mall itself is nothing much to speak
of, they have a few outlets (Gap, Off Fifth, etc)