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Aug 11, 2007 08:41 PM

Fort Lee - need some korean recs?

Going to be in Fort Lee with my GF tomorrow, i've never been and she's been, but not in a long time. Need some good korean recs (language is not an issue), just wanted to know:
- name
- where it is (like streets b/c we don't really know where we're going)
- what dishes are good there

any type of recs (bbq, soon do boo, chigaes, korean-chinese whatever) will do, just looking for great food though basically whatever the best korean restaurants are in Fort Lee. As background, we have a car tomorrow, so we figured we go try somewhere we normally wouldn't go to (i.e. manhattan or flushing). thanks.

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  1. also, doesn't have to be right in fort lee, could be nearby (palisades park or cliffside park etc) and would prefer some place that specializes in something and makes it really good

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    1. re: Lau

      Here are some places that I like.

      So Kong Dong 130 Main St.
      The tofu specialist. Great tofu dishes and good kalbi.

      Gam Mee Ok 485 Main St.
      Sul Long Tang is the special here but Biim Bap is pretty good too.
      Also have very good Kimchi.

      Boom Boom Chicken 553 Main Street
      Great Fried Chicken.

      Dae Ga 2053 Lemoine Avenue
      Large place. Very cheap lunch buffet.

    2. Other than Boom Boom Chicken and perhaps Dae Ga and Great Wall Of China (all covered on my blog) I would entirely skip Fort Lee and proceed directly to Palisades Park. If you want a full service Korean place that can't be beat go to Woo Jeon, lots of banchan, one of the few BBQ places that still uses coal. If you want a full mash up of all the places in Pal Park check out this blog by my man Snoh:

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      1. re: OffTheBroiler

        jesus that is one hell of a blog...excellent work!

        We wanted to eat at Nak Ji Dae Hak, Dduk Bok I Gwa, but it was closed (sunday ughhh), but instead we went to Tto Tto Wah, which was pretty good (much better than manhattan, though im from LA so i guess generally my bar is high)...portions were ridiculously big as you say...definately looking forward to going back to pali park soon

        1. re: Lau

          So Mun Nam Jip, the other Charcoal BBQ place is also very good. Snoh likes that place a lot, its bigger than Woo Jeon but I think Woo Jeon is more generous with the banchan. "Mandarin" the Korean/Chinese place is also really good. I haven't been to the Nangmyun place yet but its supposed to be excellent. Kyedong Chicken makes great korean fried chicken but its strictly takeout -- I think its as good as Boom Boom's or Bonchon's.

        2. re: OffTheBroiler

          I don't think you can write off Fort Lee entirely as a destination for Korean food.
          In general, Palisade Park has better Korean restaurants than Fort Lee but that doesn't mean it has all the best specialist restaurants.

          Most Korean restaurants are specialist and both So Kong Dong and Gam Mee Ok are the best in their category. (at lease in Manhattan and north Jersey).
          In fact, So kong Dong has restaurant in both town and most people like the one in Fort Lee better and It is also the Korean restaurant Anthony Bourdain went in his show No Reservation.
          As far as Solungtong is concern, I think Gam Mee OK is well know for being the best.

          I enjoy your blog and all the wonderful pictures that goes with it. It is rich in diversity and your passion for food is evident on every page.

          Sohn has certainly did a fantastic and comprehensive coverage of Korean restaurants in Palisade park. I just hope he will continue to update it because there are so much more to cover. For non-Korean like me, thesde are treasure map to a interesting and tasty cuisine.

          1. re: OffTheBroiler

            Speaking of Palisades Park, here's a related Digest item from earlier this year ...

            Nakji Daehak Ddukbokki Gwa
            442 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650

            Oh Oh Wha
            421 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650

            Myung Dong Kal Guk Soo
            452 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650

            110 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650

            Arirang Mandoo
            318 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650

            606 Anderson Ave, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

            135 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650

            Gam Mee Ok
            485 Main St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

            So Gong Dong
            130 Main St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

            So Gong Dong
            118 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650

            Boom Boom Chicken
            553 Main St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

            So Moon Nan Jip
            238 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650