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greenpoint mini update

1) we've got a taco truck! or a taco cart, rather. there's a fellow at the intersection of bedford and driggs who is there until about 6.30pm. in addition to generic baked goods and gyros, he has steak, chicken, cecina, lengua, and "mixed" tacos. i had cecina the other day (pretty good; served with onion/cilantro; meat cut too thickly for my taste but great green sauce) and will try the lengua next.

2) lots of work happening at the old shaghai lee space. a liquor license application is in the name of 645 manhattan restaurant, which isn't very descriptive. on the other hand, it looks like no work has been done at sakura 6, the japanese resto supposedly opening where the hardware store once was. grrr. i wasn't happy about a very useful store closing, and now that nothing appears to be happening with the new tenant i'm even more annoyed.

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  1. and the mystery restaurant is korean: little korea. just opened today, apparently, and it was pretty full.

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    1. re: wleatherette

      Awesome - two cuisines I love. Hopefully the Korean place is the real thing.

    2. i need to correct my original post - the taco cart is at bedford and lorimer, not bedford and driggs.

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      1. re: wleatherette

        There was a taco truck on Bedford and N.8th a few times over the last few months. It was run by gringos. I don't see it anymore.

        1. re: Silverjay

          for some reason i completely missed that one. this guy has been around for about a week so far.

          1. re: wleatherette

            looks like i spoke too soon - greenpoint taco man has been mia for the past week and a half. oh well.

          2. re: Silverjay

            One of the guys running the truck is a former neighbor of mine. Not sure what happened to them, but the last time I spoke to him, he said the truck would be back in the spring. Decent tacos.

        2. but the real question is...has anyone been to the great new local eyesore -- Lokal?

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          1. re: chompchomp

            Agree with you about Lokal being an eyesore. What is it exactly? Restaurant? Wine bar?

            Anyone try that Korean place yet?

            1. re: dosteov

              i took a look at little korea's menu yesterday, and it seems like more of a "fusion" menu. aside from the barbecue, dishes include korean curry (?), duck legs with soy sauce glaze, and chicken with plums and morels. korean names of dishes are not given, but pajeon and duk boki (stir-fried with choice of meat) are available.

              1. re: wleatherette

                got a menu from little korea in my door yesterday, I was a little disapointed, looking forward to trying the pork with kimchee though... someone please post if they decided to dine

                1. re: Asumnuthin

                  The old Shanghai Lee looks like a Korean BBQ joint now. The taco truck around bedford an N.8 is called "Endless Summer" run by a couple of dudes in bands....one of which is a pretty hilarious comedian - the "Jensen" of Earles & Jensen....i digress. They seem to run out of food pretty early, but the one seitan taco I had was quite good.

          2. Save yourself and your won - don't go to Little Korea.

            The poorly erected sign spelling out "Little Korea" from hand-split chunks of bamboo and mounted like a fifth-grade science fair project should have the been the first "sign" to stay away. Being greeted by an entirely non-asian staff in the foyer of a bamboo/grass mat explosion was a definite second sign. And the final "straw" should have been the chunky, awkward wood and bamboo menus without a lick of korean language on them.

            BUT we forged ahead and ordered anyway hoping for the best in our desperation of needing another place to eat in the restaurant vacuum that is Greenpoint.

            The seafood pancake came first - a rubbery mass of slightly overripe fish and shrimp - edible, but just barely.

            The seafood stew had all the aroma and flavor of re-hydrated powder (what IS that red color?.....)

            The "marinated beef" and "marinated short ribs" were just OK, but definitely NOT worth the price or a diversion from the other (real) korean place in williamsburg, Dokebi. (BTW LK - it's called "Bulgogi" and "Kalbi" in case you'd like to spice up your menu and at least pretend that MAYBE there is actually someone who is not a round-eye behind all of this...)

            Upon leaving, we all looked at each other and one said - "I wish I could throw it all up...."

            'nuff said....

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            1. re: bigbutter

              Thanks for taking one for the team BigButter - at least you did a service to the Chowhound community! :)

              Your description is just how I imagined it would be - but was also planning on forging ahead on the chance for something decent that vaguely resembled Korean food. I think I'll skip it.

              1. re: bigbutter

                I think your comment may have been a little too harsh and unfair. My friends and I decided to visit Little Korea despite your unflattering review. Neither the outside sign nor the décor of the restaurant look appalling. They are simple but tasteful. The artwork on the walls is definitely interesting and as we were explained came from Korea.
                We also didn’t mind non-Asian servers. In this predominantly polish neighborhood it would probably be a little intimidating for polish customers. We had no problems communicating with servers in English; they were knowledgeable about the menu and pleasant. The sign outside read a modern Korean cuisine so that’s what we expected going in. We weren’t disappointed. Appetizers and entrees were tantalizing and served with a French flair. We had rib-eye BBQ which was tender and full of flavor. We washed it all down with some refreshing cocktails. So please do not make up your mind based on one review. Little Korea is worth checking out. It’s new; it’s fresh and definitely different. So give it a try.

                1. re: missprissy

                  Looks like Little Korea has already closed - the windows are all covered up in brown paper.

              2. I saw work being done inside sakura VI This past week, anyone else notice?

                1. how bout the ramen place? any action? also, picked up some stuff at rachel's corner, that place is not bad at all!

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                  1. re: bigjeff

                    i like rachel's, too, save for their olive bar. the ones we got were so waxy!

                    i've seen absolutely nothing happening ramen-wise. we went for a few beers and some wings at habitat last week (it's ok) and stared mournfully across the street at the closed grate. several good meals at lamb + jaffy recently, though - sweebreads, mussels with preserved lemon and mint, lamb burger with great homemade relishes. i'm becoming quite a fan.