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Han Bat used to be a favorite of mine, but I stopped in there over the weekend and it just didn't seem as good as I remember and the prices have gone up. I'm not so much a BBQ girl but have other favorites. Thought maybe I'd throw them out there and see if others could point me in the right direction. I'm still very much a neophyte with this cuisine.

kimchee pancake

jap chae - preferable gochu (hot pepper)

spicy beef soup ( yu ka jang )

mandoo guk

and I always forget the name of that spicy fried chicken - battered and covered in a garlicky/spicy sauce and served with shredded raw cabbage

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  1. Interesting. I had dinner at Han Bat Thursday night and thought their haemul dolsot bibimbap was the best I'd ever had there. It had quite a bit more squid and octopus than usual and even more flavor. I wasn't the least unhappy that it cost a buck more.

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    1. re: JoanN

      I did have bibimbap envy when I saw the dish on the table of nearby diners. I think I first tried Han Bat a good 5-6 years ago and I just haven't loved it on the past couple of visits (within the past 4 months). And just to note, I'm not a cheap ass -- who cares about a dollar or two more if the food is rockin' good, but I just wasn't loving it these past few visits which makes the higher prices a bit of a bummer considering.

      1. re: MB fka MB

        And I really can't speak to their food in general because it's my go-to place for bibimbap and I can't resist ordering it when I'm there. But on Thursday night my friend and I also shared the pajon and I thought that was better than usual as well, crispy on the edges but not overcooked in the center. Go figure.

        1. re: JoanN

          thanks for the feedback. I think I'll try some other places and then re-visit HB.

    2. Have you tried DoSirak? I really like the spicy beef soup there. Dok Suni in the EV has a good one too.

      1. for the kimchee pancake, Cho Dang Gol on 35th St actually has a really delicious version. (of course their main specialty is the homemade tofu dishes).

        1. First of all, hi to everyone out there--this is my first post. Anyway, I would recommend the Jap Chae at Bonjoo. This is by far my favorite Korean place in the city.