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May 4, 2007 08:18 AM

Suggestion for Korean "Tapa" restaurant? (Or does it exist?)

Hi chowhounders,

I am looking for suggestions on any Korean restaurants that serve small plates of Korean dishes (similar to Japanese Izakaya style). I normally have Korean BBQ so I am not familiar if there is this type of Korean restaurants in NYC. If you can provide any recommendations on the restaurants and dishes to order I will greatly appreciated it!

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  1. Hmm... I don't really know about this. Typically, at Korean restaurants, you will get "ban-chan" - small bites that come with your meal... kim-chee and various veg dishes... tofu, black beans, etc.

    Do Hwa is a can't miss. Not like the Korean restaurants in K-Town. It's a littler hipper and is actually partly owned by Quintin Tarentino.

    1. u can always get korean buffet at woorijip. They also package the items individually too. The food is mediocre since it's been sitting around, but it is cheap.

      1. Like Scout1 says, at traditional korean restaurants you will get "ban chan" -- small plates to eat with your rice. (I'm korean) So in a way it is tapas I believe as you define it. But if you are looking for a more americanized flair to korean food where yes, the portions are interesting and smaller try also Woo Lae Oak. I enjoyed DooHwa as well. But i will say both Doo Hwa and Woo Lae Oak are pricier than you standard k-town places. But more interesting that k town places b/c they are americanized.

        For example one dish i really enjoy at woo lae oak is their crab meat filled crepes. (no such thing in a traditional korean menu!)

        1. I think he may mean pojang-macha style restaurants. The thing is, small portions are considered no-no (even for banchan which is free, people complain about portions) so what would be considered tapas plates get oversized and the price goes up also. Any of the pojang-macha places in Flushing would have the type of food the OP may be seeking, I think.

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          1. re: koreankorean

            can you, or anyone, list any of these places, in flushing or manhattan? and also, a longer description of this style of restaurant?

            1. re: bigjeff

              Please do start a new thread on the Outer Boroughs board if you are looking for tips in Flushing.


          2. For a more izakaya-like exerience in Manhattan, I like Gam Mee Ok. It has a limited menu, but most items are very good, including the kimchee, which is probably the best I've had in Manhattan. I'm not sure if this is accurate, but the term Po Cha seems to be an equivalent to izakaya, and I've noticed a few places on 32nd St with Po Cha in the name, mostly on the second floor levels. I haven't been to these places so I can't comment. You might want to take a trip to Flushing if you want a more "authentic" Po Cha experience. Here's a report: