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Feb 21, 2008 04:10 PM

Korean BBQ

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

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  1. We liked the one at Kung Suh.

    1. 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)

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      1. re: Lau

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

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

        Check out my review at

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

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          1. re: Hungry_girl

            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?

            1. re: egit

              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.

          2. 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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            1. re: nyccookie

              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.

              1. re: jeanki

                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.

                1. re: Peter Cuce

                  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

                  1. re: Peter Cuce

                    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.