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best korean in brooklyn

bklyndiva Aug 20, 2006 08:44 AM

can anybody recommend a really incredible korean restaurant in the borough of brooklyn? Thanks a bunch!

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    Matt M. Aug 29, 2006 01:54 PM

    I've been looking for just that myself. I keep hoping that instead of another Thai or Japanese place on Smith Street, we will get a Korean place in Cobble Hill.

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      lotsanivanh Aug 31, 2006 12:02 AM

      i could be mistaken, and if so, someone feel free to correct me but i think there are only 2 korean restaurants that exist in brooklyn. one relatively new in williamsburg, i think... the other place is kimchee in bay ridge where i highly recommend. it's a family run place and service is always friendly and attentive. the food is very good as well. if you're interested in trying it out, kimchee is located at 93rd st and 3rd ave. goodluck in your search.

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        jen kalb Aug 31, 2006 02:11 PM

        there have been several posts on Sushi Okdol, a Korean place on Myrtle, near Pratt:


        I heard a neighborhood rumor that a Korean place is opening near me in Prospect Hts but dont know whether that is true.

      2. Woodside Al Aug 31, 2006 02:16 PM

        I think the poster above is right. The Korean place in Williamsburg is Dokebi, at 199 Grand. Not all that good in my opinion, and purposefully aimed at non-Korean customers.

        There really isn't much of a Korean population in Brooklyn, so there are very few Korean restaurants. If you're willing to take recommendations in Queens however, the choices multiply greatly.

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          ratgirl Aug 31, 2006 05:21 PM

          There will be a new Korean spot in Prospect Heights, Noona, at Vanderbilt and Pacific slated to open Sept. 12th. Not sure if there'll be BBQ.

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            bhill Aug 31, 2006 09:39 PM

            Dokebi feels hipper than your average korean bbq joint, but my Korean friend and her mother are happy to have it in the neighborhood so they don't have to head into Manhattan if they're not in the mood.

          2. Woodside Al Aug 31, 2006 06:13 PM

            Ah yes, I should have qualified my post above by mentioning that, while there are very few restaurants in Brooklyn that call themselves "Korean", there are a number of "Japanese" restaurants in the borough, particularly sushi places, that are in fact Korean owned and operated and may serve some Korean dishes.

            1. EJC Aug 31, 2006 06:34 PM

              Not the best by a long shot, but if you're ever in Cobble Hill for a weekday lunch...
              Henry's Express (Henry bt Atlantic & Pacific) has bulgogi one day a week (usually Wed or Thur). When I worked from home, it was a consistently affordable and good hot lunch spot.

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                lucyjeong Oct 15, 2007 09:31 PM

                Hi - it's been a while since this posted but i wanted to make sure that everyone knew how great Noona is. My hubby and I just moved from Park Slope and I AM KOREAN and know good Korean food and this stuff really great. We've tried many of the dishes and all have been fantastic. The only downfall is there isn't much in terms of banchan and the last time we were there it seemed like they actually got rid of it all together and basically were charging it like an appetizer. Not a good thing in my mind but like someone else said - not too many Koreans in the hood. They all go to Flushing. But I liked how close it was and the server was always great and delivery is great too. Soondoobu is great for a non-soondoobu house, the dukmandoo gook, the kalbi tang, the kimchee gigae, all great. They have these great chicken wings too. Not traditional as far as I can tell - i thought they were going to be the kam pung gi chicken wings but although they weren't, they were great anyway! But please go and please eat! I have nothing but great experiences there and hope they stay in business. ps...i'm not associated with the restaurant!

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                  dark knight Oct 16, 2007 07:44 AM

                  I've heard it's on the pricey side - true?

                  Good idea bumping this topic - I think it would be great to have a list of all the Korean places in Brooklyn since the choices are few and far between:

                  According to Menu Pages:

                  Dokebi Bar & Grill
                  199 Grand St | Btwn Bedford St & Driggs Ave $$$ 11

                  Lady Octopus
                  495 Lorimer St | Btwn Powers & Grand St $ 5

                  143 Berry St | At N 6th St $$$ 4

                  206 Garfield Pl | At 7th Ave $$$ 1

                  Noo Na
                  565 Vanderbilt Ave | At Pacific St $$$ 13

                  Sushi Okdol
                  497 Myrtle Ave | Btwn Hall & Ryerson St $$ 2

                  It doesn't list Kimchi in Bay Ridge which I assume is still open (it was this summer anyway).

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