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Korean places in Queens

Any recommendations? My husband and I are new to the borough, and though we know there are plenty of places around, especially in Flushing, we don't have a clue about where to start. Also, have people found the Korean food in Queens to be better than in Manhattan's K-town? Thanks.


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  1. you can check on this tiny place at the intersection of union street and 37th ave. in flushing. its diagonally across from the police precinct. they have the best Kalbi i've ever tasted anywhere.

    Its on 37th, its a small place so you should keep an eye out for it.

    1. The Queens scene is far more extensive, to be sure, just in terms of volume alone. To get a sense of it, take a drive along Northern Boulevard between Flushing and Bayside. For long stretches, you'll feel like you're in Seoul. Tons of restaurants to choose from. It drops off, then picks up again in a big way once you hit Little Neck (just west of the Long Island border). In terms of where to eat, it never hurts to take a chance.

      Kum Gang San, on Northern, just west of the Union Street intersection, is a real scene. Although it is starting to resemble the closest thing to Disneyland- complete with entertainers and waterfalls- that the borough can cough up, my mouth still waters at the the thought of a bowl of Ox Tail Soup I had there some time ago.

      Sam Won Gak, on Broadway in Elmhurst, is a nice old diner with red vinyl booths that serves up a good bowl of ja jong myun (sp?), noodles with a slick brown sauce filled with onions and other good stuff.

      My favorite place of late, Mani Mani (163-24 Northern) is hardly typical. A heaping plate of fried chicken is their specialty, either plain or covered in a smokey barbecue sauce. Although they have tons of stuff on their menu, including sushi, I've never seen anyone order anything other than the chicken. That's the ticket. It goes down well with the free side salad, sweet radishes and an overpriced (15 buck) pitcher of beer. My wife, who is Korean, says Mani Mani reminds her of her college days in Seoul.

      There is also a place on Farrington Street (Flushing), a block or so north of Northern, corner of 37th , no sign outside, a cab driver's kind of place, I think the actual name is Farrington Restaurant. Anyhow, they serve a bowl of Yuk Gae Jan hot enough to clear your sinuses. It transports you to a good place.

      Anyhow, enjoy your search.

      1. Kum Gang San is the bomb! (get it?!) If you start there, you will never go anyplace else. The waterfalls make it the perfect place for a seduction. And it's open 24 hrs., making it the perfect place for an illicit rendezvous. This all goes to the atmosphere.

        The food is simply the best. I would say it's better than all the rest. They have a spice cabbage dish, with just a hint of tartness. Tartness is uncommon in Korean food. Also, you will receive, without asking for it, a number of tiny dishes with different green, jelly-like substances on them. At first, I could not tell the condiments from the appetizers, but the truth is that there is no difference. When you see the gaudy decor and the bracelets on the winking businessmen, when you hear the awful screech of the singer in the black dress, the waiters bouncing slightly to the rhythm, you will realize that anything goes in this place. The green dishes will all be delicious.

        Then, they give you some meat and you cook it right there at your table. If you are not prepared for this level of interactivity or, if you are like one of my table mates and feel that you should not have to cook your own food when you go out to eat (point taken) maybe you should go to the fried chicken place down the block. There is way too much liability involved in allowing customers to operate a 500 degree deep frier, drunk on rice wine at 3:45 a.m.

        It is very bright in there! When you get the barbecue food, the sauce will glisten in the light, but this version of barbecue is not your Texas smokehouse. Instead there is a subtlety and a tartness that makes adjectives like subtle and tart look like impudent and bitter.

        The only things are: (1) Many of the dishes at this place were cold. I am not sure that this was supposed to be the case. (2) There are fishtanks in the place and, since fish eat fishfood, it sometimes smells like fishfood. You should ask to be seated away from the tanks. If you can get a spot outside by the waterfall, this is recommended. It flows into a pond where giant goldfish tread imperial water. If you don't like one of the tiny green dishes, you can discard them into the pond and win the love of these fish. wink wink.

        1. Well put, Joseph. You capture the electricity and atmosphere of the place. Although I've never been there during the wee hours, I can easily see it becoming more surreal and romantic with each passing hour. Perhaps the "tart cabbage dish" you are referring to is kimchi? if so, this is served everywhere. Also, the free sidedishes at the beginning are served everywhere as well. And, yes, they are all mostly cold. The best thing is that they vary from restaurant to restaurant, and even from visit to visit.

          In some places, like Bi Won, a Kalbi place off the corner of Springfield and 64th Avenue in Bayside, the sidedishes are what keep me coming back. The Kimchi Jigae, though acidic, is not bad either. Just a twinge of sweetness to it.

          1. I always liked Woo Chon on Kissena Blvd. just across from the Flushing branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, though I haven't been to their Flushing branch in probably about a year and a half.

            1. To date, this is probably the most informative thread about Korean places in the Flushing area.

              Also, I would have to rank Kum Gang San as one of the more mediocre Korean places in Flushing. It might be friendlier to non-Koreans, but I haven't been very satisfied with the one in Manhattan or Flushing.

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              1. re: E Eto

                Although I've been to countless Korean places, I just checked out Eto's link, and I have to concur. It is one of the best, most comprehensive and informative threads I've read on this or any other blog. I defer to Lisa and Linda: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                Matter of fact, after reading this blog, my wife and I are heading out to Northern Blvd this afternoon.

                1. re: Polecat

                  Here's the recap of this thread from ChowNews of 11/11/05, which remains a handy guide to this part of Korean Flushing. The takeout shop Maru has since changed hands and become Four Seasons Catering (same address and phone and pretty much the same menu).

                  I'd love to hear more about this area and also Flushing's other, smaller Korean commercial areas, for example Union St. north of Northern and also the couple of blocks around Murray Hill LIRR – see http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...


                  Flushing's growing Korean territory, sprawling east along Northern Boulevard from Union Street, has gotten relatively scant attention from chowhounds compared with Manhattan's well-trodden Koreatown. Until now, that is. In a series of generous posts, *linda* and *lisa* share a trove of their favorites - some already on hound radar, but most previously unreported on.

                  DUMPLINGS: Shin Po Mandoo, the first New York outlet of a popular Korean chain, makes top-notch specimens, some with authentic funky, fermented undertones in the fillings, which may not be to everyone's taste. Dong Hae Ru also has excellent mandoo - watch them being made through the window. At Flushing Mall, in the more Chinese part of town west of Main Street, a little counter turns out great Korean-Chinese steamed dumplings, accompanied by kimchi-like spicy cabbage and a beguiling dipping sauce. "Not mandoo, not jiaoze - but this hybrid place rocks!" raves lisa, who loves the ones filled with shrimp, pork, sea cucumber, and chives. (Note that this place is on street level, next to a juice stand - not in the larger downstairs food court.)

                  NOODLES: Arirang, a hole-in-the-wall whose steamy windows look across Northern Boulevard to Flushing Town Hall, serves thick handmade noodles in broth with chicken, seafood, or vegetables, $8 or so for a huge bowl. On rainy days, expect a wait. You-Chun specializes in handmade naeng myun noodles, thicker than the norm, made with chik (arrowroot flour) - especially nice in summer, a spicy, cooling dish perfect for warm nights. This mini-chain (with other locations in Manhattan and Palisades Park) also makes mandoo, jun (pancakes), stews, and more. Guh Song has killer jja jang myun (noodles in black bean and onion sauce) and jjam ppong (noodles in hot seafood broth), among other Korean-Chinese specialties. *linda* gives this place the nod over Sam Won Gak, a more popular Korean-Chinese restaurant with locations in Flushing and Bayside.

                  MEATS: At Han Sol Nutrition Center, it's all about chicken. Their basic platter (tong dak chun shik) is very good: half a roast bird with shredded cabbage, soup, and a soft roll. Like many Korean restaurants, this one trumpets the purported health benefits of its chow, like chicken jook (porridge), said to be great for stomachaches, and sam gye tang (game hen stuffed with rice, ginger and other seasonings in broth), a warming bowl that's supposed to cure hangovers. Nearby 1.5 Barbecue is another chicken specialist, serving delicious chicken grilled at your table in the style of kalbi or bulgoki.

                  Barbecue house Nam O Jong uses wood chips in its grills, lending deep smoky flavors to the meat. Portions and panchan are generous. Management has changed over the years, but the original owners from the late '90s are now back and all is well, reports *linda*. Kum Gang San is a neighborhood mainstay, a full-service Korean restaurant with locations in Manhattan and Flushing, often packed on weekends with weddings and other parties. Besides barbecue, try soups, stews, or stone pot bibim bap. Picnic Garden has surprisingly good all-you-can-eat barbecue. Ham Ji Bak is the go-to spot for sam gyup sal, slabs of fresh pork belly barbecued at table. Toss some kimchi onto the grill, where it mixes with pork fat drippings to sublime effect, advises *lisa*.

                  TOFU: Natural Tofu's awesome soon dubu (soft tofu stew) makes it a frequent destination in cold weather, says *lisa*, who loves the version with mushrooms. Panchan are good, too, especially warm, lightly dressed Korean sweet potato. Note that the default panchan for takeout orders are different and not as good, so make clear when you order that you want the panchan they serve in the restaurant.

                  TAKEOUT: Northern Boulevard boasts block after block of takeout and catering shops (some of them mentioned in last week's ChowNews). One of the most promising is also one of the newest - Maru, which makes killer kimbap (rice rolls in seaweed) with spicy octopus and, as an occasional special, phenomenal thin-skinned kimchi mandoo. Nolbu is another favorite for kimbap as well as kimchi mandoo in chigae (stew). Hansol Party House is *lisa*'s favorite spot for panchan to go: mushrooms, greens, pan-fried tofu, jun (pancakes), and more. Tong Tong Kimbap recently changed hands, but the new owner wisely kept the old cooks, who turn out fantastic fried pork cutlets, spicy kimchi bokkumbap (fried rice), and other fine takeout chow.

                  Don't forget Korean supermarkets for takeout. The Union Street location of the Han Ah Reum chain makes good kalbi and bulgoki boxed lunches. Han Yang is another popular choice, especially late at night. On the weekends around 4 a.m., don't be surprised to find it packed with bar hoppers hungering for a cheap fix of kimbap, noodles, stews, or other comfort food.

                  SWEETS AND SNACKS: Koryodang, a bakery chain whose New York stores include two in Flushing, one in Jackson Heights and one in Manhattan's Koreatown, fries up great doughnut-like twists of dough, sprinkled with sugar. Also good: pastries filled with sweet cream or red bean paste, fried cruller-like snacks stuffed with curried potato, thick-sliced white bread perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches, and coffee, brewed light and sweet in the Korean style. In hot weather, try shaved ice topped with sweet red bean and syrup, fruit and fruit jellies, and whipped cream. And for a nice walking-around snack, consider bungeo pang: fresh-griddled, fish-shaped sweet cakes filled with red bean paste. They're sold at several markets around town, but *lisa* likes visiting the exceptionally sweet lady who runs the stand at the Han Ah Reum at Northern and 156th.

                  Shin Po Mandoo [Flushing
                  ]146-13 Northern Blvd, between 146th and 147th Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Dong Hae Ru Restaurant [Flushing
                  ]36-26 Union St, between Northern Blvd and 37th Ave
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Korean-Chinese dumpling vendor [Flushing
                  ]in Flushing Mall, street level, stall M38
                  133-31 39th Ave, between Prince St and College Point Blvd
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Locater: http://www.888flushingmall.com/locati...

                  Arirang Restaurant [Flushing
                  ]137-38 Northern Blvd, near Linden Pl
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  You-Chun Korean Restaurant [Flushing
                  ]156-03 Northern Blvd, at 156th St
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?add...

                  Guh Song Chinese Restaurant [Bayside
                  ]47-24 Bell Blvd, between 47th and 48th Aves
                  Bayside, Queens, NY 11361
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Han Sol Nutrition Center [Flushing
                  ]160-26 Northern Blvd, between 160th and 161st Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11358
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

                  1.5 Barbecue Chicken Restaurant [Flushing
                  ]160-30 Northern Blvd, between 160th and 161st Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11358
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

                  Nam O Jung [Flushing
                  ]160-13 Northern Blvd, between 160th and 161st Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11358
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Kum Gang San [Flushing
                  ]138-28 Northern Blvd, between Union and Bowne Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Picnic Garden [Flushing
                  ]a.k.a. Bonka Restaurant
                  147-42 Northern Blvd, between 147th and 149th Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

                  Ham Ji Bak [Bayside
                  ]210-22 Northern Blvd, between 210th and 211th Sts
                  Bayside, Queens, NY 11361
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Ham Ji Bak [Flushing
                  ]41-08 149th Pl, at 41st Ave
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11355
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

                  Book Chang Dong Soon Tofu [Flushing
                  ]a.k.a. Natural Tofu
                  152-22 Northern Blvd, between Murray and 153rd Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Book Chang Dong Soon Tofu [Flushing
                  ]46-09 Kissena Blvd, near Holly Ave
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11355
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Maru [Flushing
                  ]a.k.a. Shin Ji Eun's Delicious Food
                  157-22 Northern Blvd, between 157th and 158th Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/maps.py?Pyt=Tma...

                  Nolbu Sushi [Flushing
                  ]162-20B Northern Blvd, at 163rd St
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11358
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Nolbu Sushi [Flushing
                  ]149-21 41st Ave, between 149th St and 149th Pl
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Hansol Party House [Flushing
                  ]160-28 Northern Blvd, between 160th and 161st Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11358
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

                  Tong Tong Kimbap [Flushing
                  ]158-09 Northern Blvd, between 158th and 159th Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11358
                  Locater: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

                  Han Ah Reum [Flushing
                  ]29-02 Union St, at 29th Ave
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

                  Han Yang Mart [Flushing
                  ]150-51 Northern Blvd, between 150th Pl and Murray St
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

                  Koryodang Bakery [Flushing
                  ]39-02 Union St, at 39th Ave
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

                  Koryodang Bakery [Flushing
                  ]156-19 Northern Blvd, between 156th and 157th Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

                  Han Ah Reum [Flushing
                  ]156-40 Northern Blvd, between 156th and 157th Sts
                  Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
                  Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=...

                  1. re: squid kun

                    Im looking for a big asian supermarket, its in queens, it used to be a block away from a morning glory (im not sure if it still exists though), it was in queens, i live in middle village and it was walkable, i think it was located near queens blvd. do you know what asian super market im talking about? id forgot where it was, and id love to get the name and address. of if you could recomend any other big asian supermarkets in queens. im looking mainly for korean food, but a super market type place to make my own food.



                    1. re: squid kun

                      Sounds like a Korean goldmine in Flushing, but any recommendations for Sunnyside and Woodside?

                      1. re: nicolec

                        There is a block of Korean places on Broadway just south of the 74th St. subway station where Jacson Heights meets Elmhurst - and not too far from Woodside. In Sunnyside there is the Natural Tofu restaurant on the south side of Queens Blvd. Makes some nice cold weather stews.

                      2. re: squid kun

                        Where can I find bungeo ppang around the Flushing area and Manhattan (nix Edgewater)? I went to the H Mart on 156-40 and they no longer carry the fresh bungeo ppang. Only the H Mart on Union Street, which is a hike for me. Any suggestions?

                        1. re: squid kun

                          this was a huge help to us in choosing a place to have lunch over the weekend. we ended up at you-chun, which was fantastic. i've never had naeng myun in a restaurant that specialized in it, so this was a revelation. the broth was much more flavorful and the noodles so much better than any other version i'd had in the past. we also had a seafood pancake, which was excellent. ideally i like it a little less soft in the middle, but that's a minor criticism. it was very fresh, with loads of squid.
                          in addition to the wonderful food, our waiter was a star - so friendly and helpful. it's a great place, and i'm looking forward to my next visit.

                          1. re: wleatherette

                            glad you enjoyed it! i love it there. there is a place that specializes in nehng myun next to the murray hill outpost of ham ji bahk, which has been around for many years before yoo chun even opened. i used to go there all the time with my parents in the summer when i was a teen. that place is still there, but i haven't been in years. i do remember the nehng myun was much better at this location, but my dad insists that this place is no longer as good as i remember it. :-(

                            if anyone has had a chance to check this place out recently (i don't know the name!), let me know!

                            1. re: Linda

                              Haven't been, but it sounds like Hanjoo (41-06 149th Pl., 718-359-6888).

                          2. re: squid kun

                            I tried Picnic Garden, never having seen an all you can eat Korean barbecue before. The restaurant was moderately busy for a cold Saturday afternoon, with Filipino families, Korean teenagers and girls toting uncertain American boyfriends to the teeming spread.

                            The buffet initially impresses with its sheer breadth: 4 different types of kimchi, salads, fried fish, scallion pancakes, dumplings, even buffalo wings and skate wing along with juk. None of the banchan measured up, however. The baechu kimchi was especially disappointing with a one-note sour flavor and little discernable spice and added nothing to the ssam.

                            The barbecue buffet was equally large, comprising a range of cuts from kalbi to a farrago of offal including gizzards and intestines. Overall the marinades were overly sugary, though the resulting caramelization contrasted well with the richness of the spicy pork and kalbi. Chicken breast was the surprising standout, moist with plenty flavor even though we thought it had been overcooked. I'm still uncertain why Italian sausages were included on the buffet, but if that's your thing, you'll have plenty of that.

                            In the end, this is a destination more for quantity eaters than quality eaters. Not that quality was totally lacking as I certainly enjoyed the kalbi, spicy pork and chicken breast, but I would be hard-pressed to justify a trip for a bit of chicken and pork, especially with so many better alternatives in the area.

                      3. Sam Won Gak is no longer, its been replaced with one of those greasy 3 items and soup for 3 dollars chinese takeouts.

                        I recommend Jang Tuh, excellent meat quality, chacoal grills, solid ban chaan, lots of freebies included with every meal like a steamed egg custard and tripe kimchee stew.

                        1. hello,

                          i've posted numerous times about my favorite places in queens to eat korean food. i'm korean, if that matters at all. ;) the places i've mentioned in the past are places i've gone since i was a kid with my family, places where my family has gotten to know the owners over time, and new places that have really impressed me and my family to be consistent customers.

                          however, i don't want to repost or search for that post right now - do you mind just doing a search for "korean in queens" or something of that sort, and i'm sure you'll see the previous posts come up.

                          thanks! enjoy! :)

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                          1. re: Linda

                            could you recommend a place where i could get korean snacks/junk food, like choco pies in queens (elmhurst/ middle village, but sunnyside would be ok, or flushing)?
                            could email me fiberobtix@yahoo.com
                            i would be very appreaciative.

                            1. re: amarrocolla

                              I would think that HanAhReum on Woodside Ave. just off of Roosevelt in Woodside would have at least some of these things.

                              1. re: Woodside Al

                                There's are a few big HanAhReums in Flushing, the biggest are 29-02 Union St and 156-40 Northern Blvd.

                              2. re: amarrocolla

                                i just bought a box of choco pies from the h-mart on northern blvd, but i've seen them at pretty much every korean/pan asian supermarket - h.a.r., hanyang mart, great wall, etc.

                                1. re: wleatherette

                                  Current guilty pleasure from the freezer case: Gunoksusu, corn ice cream sandwiches made by Lotte. The ice cream, studded with bits of semi-dried corn kernel, comes inside a soft cookie shaped like an ear of corn. A thin layer of chocolate provides contrast and added sweetness.

                                  This is mass-market ice cream, not memorably great, but it has nice subtle corn flavor and it's not overly sweet. I like it mainly because it's kinda fun to eat.

                                  1. re: squid kun

                                    that sounds great! sadly, we couldn't find the cooler so buying anything frozen was out. i'll definitely check that out next time.

                            2. Thank you for all your suggestions! We certainly have a lot of places to try now.

                              1. just ate at Ham Ji Bach in bayside - very tasty korean bbq (though not charcoal or wood smoked). fresh, varied, and large selection of side dishes. surprise bowl of kimchee tripe soup. pa-jun (?spelling)/scallion pancake quite good, though slightly underdone - i prefer it more crisp. overall the meal was very good. atmosphere is clean, brightly lit, with brisk and efficient service. more for families/groups, not romantic.

                                Ham Ji Bach (green sign on street the says "korean restaurant"
                                Northern Blvd./211th St. in Bayside
                                (this is close to Bell Blvd.)

                                1. I just moved to Jackson Heights from Manhattan and happened upon Hae Woon Dae (75-32 Broadway, about a block from the 74th Street 7EFGRV subway and bus terminal, and across the street from the Pacific Supermarket - it feels like it's in Jackson Heights but I guess it's technically in Elmhurst). I have picked up take out from there a half dozen times (it's on my way home from work).

                                  I've loved the jae yook bok keum (marinated pork with spicy sauce) and jang uh dup bap (eel with teriyaki sauce). I tried bul ko ki there once and felt it wasn't quite as tasty as bulgogi I've had at other places in NYC and elsewhere over the years, but it was still good. The portions at Hae Woon Dae are immense (a single order can easily feed 2 well), and the main dishes come with lots of sides - various veg and fish pickles, including kimchi.

                                  Prices are very reasonable (eg, jae yook bok keum $13.95). They are open 24 hours, but I've only gone around dinner time - it's quiet during the week but most of the tables have been occupied (Korean families having bbq) during my visits on the weekends. Very casual scene.

                                  In Manhattan, I used to eat at Dok Suni (great) or Do Sirak (used to be great but took a turn for the worse a couple of years back imo). Hae Woon Dae compares very favorably with them, although it admittedly has the advantage of a lot more space and tableside wood charcoal grills.

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                                  1. re: racer x

                                    I just tried Hae Woon Dae in Elmhurst/JH tonight based on your recommendation -- and I liked it. I must admit I was not that adventurous and just only got a bi bim bap, but the price was right and it came with huge numbers of side dishes and hit the spot. I only had to wait 5 minutes. I will definitely go back.

                                    There seem to be alot of dishes on the menu that say "with broth" like there is a seafood dish that sounded interesting. do you think broth means that it is a soup? I guess next time I am there I will ask.

                                    1. re: seneca

                                      some dishes are served with broth on the side
                                      (I'm no expert, just noticed)

                                    2. re: racer x

                                      I've always enjoyed Hae Woon Dae. We're always very happy with the food. The dishes they bring at the beginning (panchan) vary from time to time. They notice which dishes you finish first and bring you more of those. Their service is all around excellent.

                                    3. Woo Chon in Flushing is not bad, but they do not speak English and customer service is pretty bad. Their Galbi is great, their LA Galbi is good too and only $12.99. Stay away from their Galbi dinner box, for $12.99, there's barely any meat and the rest is just cheap veggie fillers. I would just go for the Galbi grill order ($19.99) or bulgolgi.

                                      I've been to Won Jo about two years ago in Korea Way and the service was horrible. I ordered an entree and two pieces of nigiri. The nigiri came, but the entree never did. When I finally asked the waitress she indignantly claimed I never ordered it and said the kitchen was closed so too bad (I was also starving). She was rude and wasn't the least bit sorry. I think I've heard some other bad things about Wonjo's customer service.

                                      Don's BBQ on Korea Way is not bad. I went there for lunch. $10 galbi with a pretty good portion of galbi (but not enough if you are a hungry guy like my boyfriend). The place was pretty empty so customer service was slow--I had to keep getting the attention of the waiter, but once I did he was courteous and quick.

                                      Galbi is pretty cheap to make so I would just get the ingredients. Flushing sells short rib for $2.99/lbs. and if you ask them to cut it for you, they will. I've noticed that they usually only have LA galbi cut in the case or outside, so you have to specifically ask them to the back to get the real galbi cut so there aren't so many bones and you get better meat.

                                      1. gosh, i had no idea that a report was written up about the korean places i spoke about in the past! ahh, that makes me very happy. :-)

                                        i'd love to hear more reports about what others have thought about these places!

                                        1. The lisa/Linda report http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... was *hugely* helpful for our latest roll down Northern Blvd.
                                          We were grocery shopping, and snacking. Assi Plaza is Korean Costco - megasized everything warehouse-style store. Picked up a bunch of house brand goods, and kimchi. I prefered Han Yang for layout and managability, panchan to go, fry shop on the side, and the fish in tanks there looked the most lively/normal. The tanked fish at Assi looked grim the day we visited.
                                          There was a newish catering store across the street and up a block or two from Han Yang...intriguing sweets...sorry I don't know the names - esp liked the one with a dark citrus peel, and another roasted sesame powdered outside . . .

                                          What's the place with the orange/red striped awning and xmas lights next to Dunkin' Donuts? We were too done to check . . .

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                                          1. re: pitu

                                            is it the same Assi as the one in LA? i love that place when i go home, its so cheap

                                            1. re: Lau

                                              yes - Assi is across the country, like Hmart

                                            2. re: pitu

                                              As for the sweets, are you referring to the dduk place, Ye Dang? I LOVE it!!! I can't count all the pretty boxes of dduk I got from my Korean students over the holidays. Too bad the dduk dries out and hardens so quickly. ( BTW-What do you do about that, Linda? I actaully nuke them for a few seconds the day after. Any other solutions?)

                                              Lagniappe: What was once Maru and then Four Seasons is now Big Mama and the pan chan is great! I had delicious kimchee pajun today, extra-spicy dok boki, and some mushrooms dressed with sesame oil. Simple, excellent, and very inexpensive. Turns out Big Mama is a sweet, diminutive woman. Not big in stature, but with a BIG heart :)

                                              Check it out.

                                              1. re: ZenFoodist


                                                i do the same, just pop it in the microwave for a bit. but, i can't really recall a time that i've had dduk past a day from purchase. i usually like to eat the dduk immediately b/c of the hardening factor...

                                                1. re: Linda

                                                  When I buy it myself, it's gone immediately. However, I received so many assorted gift boxes from YeDang over the holidays that it was impossible :(

                                            3. Just went to Hae Woon Dae again (corner of 76th and Broadway near the Jackson Heights E/F/etc stop) and I think I'll be looking elsewhere for my Korean food from now on. Not only did I have to wait around 20-25 minutes for a takeout order of bibimbap, it was also quite mediocre and tasteless and I did not even get any red sauce. I had been there before and liked it. Not this time.

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                                              1. re: seneca

                                                Sorry to hear that. I've moved out of the nabe and haven't been there in a while.
                                                Hope your unpleasant experience was a fluke ...

                                              2. Question: Does anyone know a restaurant that specializes in Dak Kalbi, like 1.5 Chicken BBQ used to? They are out of business now, correct? I've got a huge hankering for that spicy chicken grilled up with deok, onion, and tons of gochuchang.

                                                best queens bbq: San Soo Kap San (the original, not the one one Northern)
                                                best overall: Kum Gang San; they do it all so well, especially Kalbi Jim

                                                Korean in the City is just as good, not better, but there I prefer Won Jo. That place is fabulous. The city does have some special places though, like Gam Mee Ok, for ox-tail soup, or that all vegetarian place that's 'interesting', but does nothing for carnivores.

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                                                1. re: rosenn

                                                  i dont believe there are any dak kalbi places in flushing anymore...its sort of a hard dish to find even in LA's ktown, i only know one place that specializes in it and does it correctly...it is very good when done right