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Favorite Korean BBQ in Herald Square/Koreatown?

famdoc Apr 11, 2008 10:57 AM

Need to take some out-of-town visitors to a Korean joint before the Knick game this evening.
Seeking suggestions of which of the many joints are: tasty, fairly priced, offer table-top BBQ and veggie/seafood specialties for non-meat eaters. Key factor is need to eat and be out in an hour and fifteen minutes. Any suggestions?

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    stuck_in_midtown Apr 11, 2008 11:40 AM

    my two favorite places are actually a bit off the main ktown strip. one is madangsui, which is on 35th street between 5th and 6th. the other is don's bogam which is on 32nd street between 5th and madison. both specialize on bbq/meat in contrast to most places in ktown which typically have larger menus. between the two, madangsui is more of a "traditional" korean place whereas don's bogam is more of a "modern" korean place, although its not a westernized/fusion style korean like woo lae oak. meaning if your out-of-towners are new to korean, don's bogam might be slightly more appealing. also if you want to grill seafood, i think don's bogam has a wider selection than madangsui.

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      Lau Apr 13, 2008 10:18 PM

      i agree on ma dang sui (if you search the boards ive posted twice about it)

      hey whats good at don's? my friend was saying there sam gyup sal is really good, so ive been meaning to try it

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        stuck_in_midtown Apr 16, 2008 02:57 PM

        the last time i went, which was a while ago, i had their combinatin platter which came with 4-5 different kinds of meat, most of them not marinated. i remember thinking at the time that the meats were of the highest quality id tasted at a korean restaurant. but this was before i tried madangsui so im not sure - i need to go back for a comparison.

        ive heard from several people that the sam gyup sal is really good at don's. thats another reason i want to go back there. if i remember correctly i think they have a wine marinated, thick-cut sam gyup sal, which ive never had in ny.

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          Lau Apr 16, 2008 03:10 PM

          yeah thats exactly what my friend was saying that its this wine marinated thick cut sam gyup sal that is great

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