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Jun 30, 2007 07:24 AM

Authentic Korean in Arlington?

Hi all,

I'm meeting a friend for lunch and she wants to have some authentic korean. Any suggestions?


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  1. The favorite of the Korean Embassy is Woo Lae Oak in Pentagon City. I happen to like the newer one that opened in Tysons Corner, but we used to take my son there on his birthday because he loved the cooking at the table thing. Every time I've been in the place, it's usually packed and at least 75% of the patrons are Korean.

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    1. re: BigEats

      Woo Rae Oak is the only Korean restaurant I know of in Arlington, but it is not authentic. There are authentic Korean people working there, but the food is prepared for the Americans and tourists. I went one night, homesick and craving some "soul" food, but it was not meant to be. A big part of Korean food is the banchan (side dishes). I think I got three--limpy soy bean sprouts, spinach, and watered down, un-ripe kimchee. I asked them what was up. They said, Americans don't like spicy food, so we have to cater to their taste. If you like overpriced, hastily-produced American-tailored Korean food, go for it. If the person grew up on Korean food, I'd recommend NOT going there.

      The authentic Korean restaurants are going to be in Annandale, but then you'll need a car. There are lots of fantastic ethnic restaurants in Arlington. Woo Rae Oak is not one of them.

      1. re: chiklet

        At any rate, I don't think that the Woo Lae Oak in Arlington is open. Their Web site says that it was damaged in a fire and is closed during renovations.

        1. re: Lori D

          Woo Lae Oak is not very good drive down 395 10 minutes to Little River TRNP then hang a right go to Hummer Rd and hang another right you have the best korean in NoVa Yech-on

          1. re: Lori D

            Do you know if Woo Lae Oak Arlington ever re-opened?

      2. Go to Annandale; there are a lot of good places to try. It has become known as Koreatown and they have the best Korean resturants in town. Much as Eden Center has the best Viet Namese. Take a look at the Washington article or the Chowhourd thread on this topic: