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Best Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap in Ktown?

pslopian Jul 12, 2007 03:59 PM

Hi everyone - don't know why but I am really craving this right now. I had a great place in philly that I went to for dol sot bi bim bap, but have never had it in Manhattan. I'd love to go to K-town for a fix. I'd also love it if it were the kind that has a raw egg on top. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  1. JoanN Mar 7, 2011 12:18 PM

    Reviving this thread to see if anyone has anything new to add since it's now nearly four years old.

    I'm taking a friend out for her birthday. She wants dol sot bi bim bap. Our usual spot is Han Bat because we both like the seafood version. Friend doesn't eat meat. Do either Woo Chon or Kun Jip have a seafood version? Or just kim chi? Any other place now doing dol sot?

    Han Bat
    53 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

    Woo Chon
    8 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

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    1. re: JoanN
      squid kun Mar 27, 2011 11:55 AM

      News to me: this NYT blog entry says Woo Chon's closed (skip to end): http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

      Woo Chon
      8 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

    2. Miss Needle Jul 14, 2007 05:30 AM

      I like Han Bat's Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap. Kum Gang San also has a great Jae Yook Kim Chi Dol Sot Bap -- stir fried pork with kimchi.

      1. williej33 Jul 12, 2007 09:30 PM

        Mandoo on 32nd and 5th does it very well, though I think you'd have to ask for the raw egg on top. I've been there many times, always order the dolsot bibimbap, am always really happy with it. They also do a great seafood pancake, if you're interested.

        1. t
          traceybell Jul 12, 2007 09:02 PM

          Han Bat on 35th street has a very good dol sot bibimbap. It's the only thing I go there for.

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          1. re: traceybell
            Pan Jul 13, 2007 03:22 AM

            I was going to mention Han Bat, too. I actually like their Hyaemul Dolsot Bibimbap the best.

            1. re: Pan
              JoanN Jul 13, 2007 10:29 AM

              Yes, yes! Love the Hyaemul Dolsot Bibimbap at Han Bat.

            2. re: traceybell
              gtrekker2003 Jul 15, 2007 01:06 PM

              I also used to love this but it has gone downhill for me for some reason. Am I the only one? I went twice this year and both times it wasn't as good as it used to be.

              1. re: gtrekker2003
                JoanN Jul 15, 2007 02:14 PM

                It's one of my favorite winter comfort foods so I often go several times during the cold weather and have for perhaps five or six years now. I do recall one or two instances when I didn't think it was up to par, but on my most recent visits it seemed to me as good as it has always been. Perhaps it has to do with who's in the kitchen? Or perhaps even *what's* in the kitchen. Sometimes there's more seafood, sometimes a larger selection of seafood, sometimes more greens, sometimes no greens. But perhaps it's time for me to try it somewhere else. Do you have a new favorite?

                1. re: JoanN
                  gtrekker2003 Jul 16, 2007 01:36 PM

                  Perhaps I should try it again. It was pretty lousy when I went and not much meat in it.

                  I haven't found a new favourite but I did try this place (I think it was on W. 35th). Not sure the name of it. They have bench type seats (no backs), and there are some women in the front making dumplings. What I liked is that the dol sot bibim bop had pieces of meat, versus just ground beef. And a nice assortment of vegies. They didn't have the assortment of kimchis though!

                  1. re: gtrekker2003
                    JoanN Jul 16, 2007 02:03 PM

                    A misunderstanding. I was talking about the seafood bibimbop at Han Bat. I did have the meat one once, but only once and many years ago so I can't comment on that.

                2. re: gtrekker2003
                  Pan Jul 16, 2007 01:36 AM

                  I went literally Saturday night with a friend and had the Hyaemul Dolsot Bibimbap, and it was just as good as ever. And our banchan was also very good. I especially liked the mustardy cabbage kimchi they gave us.

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                bearmi Jul 12, 2007 07:33 PM

                I have had a pretty good one at Cho Dang Gol (55 W 35th St). I also had it once a couple of years ago at Gammiok, but at that time it was a "special" item not on the regular menu so I don't know if they still have it now.

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                1. re: bearmi
                  Lau Jul 12, 2007 08:18 PM

                  the regular bi bim bap at gam me oak is very good, but they dont usually have dol sot bi bim bap

                  1. re: Lau
                    bearmi Jul 15, 2007 07:08 PM

                    Lau, You are right! I went to Gammiok today and saw the regular bibimbap on the menu. It's not the stone pot (dol sot) version. Thanks for pointing it out.

                    Not sure what happened today at Gammiok but after I was seated, I waited for so long to get a glass of ice water then the waiter never came to take my order. The restaurant wasn't that busy at the time I guess they were tied up with other tasks? Anyway, I ended up leaving because I was sooo hungry and didn't want to wait anymore. I walked over to Mandoo Bar instead and ordered a Dol Sot Bibimbap with bulgolgi. It was good too.

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                  Lau Jul 12, 2007 06:57 PM

                  i like the kim chi dol sot bi bim bap at kun jip alot...its well prepared

                  1. a_and_w Jul 12, 2007 05:17 PM

                    Woo Chon on 36th was always my go-to place for bibimbap. They call the dol sot kind something different, but it will be obvious from the menu description. You'll probably have to specify if you want the egg raw.

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