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laurita72 Feb 21, 2008 04:10 PM

Korean BBQ on 32nd St. ... which one to pick?

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    racer x Feb 24, 2008 09:26 AM

    Further discussion here:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/454122

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/381900

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/325078

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/442795

    for a start ....

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      nyccookie Feb 22, 2008 08:33 AM

      Kum Gang San is my fave. Shilla isn't bad either. Both are on 32nd. Woo Lae Oak is overpriced and not authentic.

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        jeanki Feb 24, 2008 04:12 PM

        kum gang san in K-town is pretty mediocre in my opinion. Shilla is ok but their BBQ is just average. Madangsui uses better quality ingredients and has good service. NY Komtang sootbul (name?) is good if you want real wood-grilled BBQ which has a wonderful flavor, although the service is poor.

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          Peter Cuce Feb 24, 2008 08:38 PM

          I had bbq for the first time tonight at Madangsui after sampling many other dishes in previous visits. It was pretty great, especially the marinated skirt steak. Damn that was delicious. The pork belly was also fantastic.

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            Lau Feb 24, 2008 09:41 PM

            glad you liked it, i think that place is definitely a step above the rest, i agree with jeanki that NY Komtang is pretty good as well

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              foodluvngal Apr 8, 2008 04:44 AM

              Peter - I trust your opinion, since you were so passionate about my post re: the Curry Noodle Soup at the now-gone Happy Joy. (I still haven't satisfied that particular craving...and posting those pics, while nostalgic, certainly didn't help!) How are the sides typically served with bbq? There's nothing more disappointing than bad sides, like that annoying potato salad.

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          Hungry_girl Feb 22, 2008 05:40 AM

          One of my Korean friends suggested Bogam BBQ. We are actually going this weekend....

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            egit Apr 7, 2008 01:20 PM

            How was Don's Bogam? I'm going there this week I think. I didn't pick it, but it's always nice to have a little intel before I walk in the door. Is it americanized? What are the portion sizes like, etc. Was there anything in particular that you liked or disliked particularly?

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              MDP Apr 7, 2008 02:50 PM

              I think for barbeque Don Bogam is very good. I think the BBQ platter is a must get...but the best is clearly the marinated beef at the end.

              I'd say the issue with Don Bogam is not its authenticity, but just that a few of the dishes are not very good. For instance, I think the non-BBQ is a mixed bag (I didn't like the Pajun or the bibimbap). I thought a few of the soups were pretty good though - Dduk Mandoo Gook was pretty good, my American friends liked the Jap chae. If I remember right, the nakji bokkum was pretty good too.

              In general, I liked the place. I think some of my fellow Korean's on the board are pretty tough on the places in Manhattan - and while I agree with them that there are no stars - I think Don Bogam was good food, but more more importantly, I thought it was a really fun place to take my friends (non-Korean and Korean) and we all had a good time.

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            skepner169 Feb 21, 2008 05:14 PM

            Woo Lae Oak in Soho is wonderful. I just had lunch there this week and it was very good.

            Check out my review at http://www.hermanweb.us/2008/02/18/mo...

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              Lau Feb 21, 2008 04:41 PM

              go to 35th st to Ma Dang Sui...not only is the bbq substantially better than the other places, but the place is nicer; highly recommend the marinated kalbi (there is an unmarinated version as well that i dont like as much as the marinated one)

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/491390

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                streamwise Feb 22, 2008 10:21 PM

                I second Ma Dang Sui. I just went there with a group of 8 and we had a great dinner. Try the pork bulgogi!

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                RGR Feb 21, 2008 04:21 PM

                We liked the one at Kung Suh.

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