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Chosun Galbee or Dong Il Jang?

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jeffrey May 9, 2008 11:24 AM

Planning a birthday dinner for 12 on a Saturday night. Any suggestions vis a vis food, atmosphere, price, etc.?

Thanks!

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    LaLa Eat May 11, 2008 01:40 AM

    Awhile back I had the dilemma of choosing a Korean restaurant for an out of town Korean friend and both Chosun and Dong Il Jang were on the short list. I chose Dang Il Jang. My Korean friend liked the atmosphere and the BBQ but was not impressed by the panchan. I loved the BBQ and the atmosphere.
    I think it depends on what you are looking for. Dong Il Jang has an old school feel to it. It's the Musso and Frank of Koreatown (minus the martini's). Have not been to Chosun but sounds like it would be very "westsidish". Is that a word?

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      Frommtron May 11, 2008 01:58 AM

      I'm not sure what 'westsidish" means but if it means "delicious" then yes, its very "westsidish" indeed. There also seems to an implication in your post that upscale cannot mean authentic. How very condenscending.

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        LaLa Eat May 11, 2008 02:07 AM

        Did not mean to be condenscending nor to imply that Chosun was inauthentic at all.
        But that vs DIJ vibe Chosun is more upscale in both decor and price.. I like upscale sometimes but that does not mean that the food well leap in bounds to be better with price.You gotta realize that you are paying for the cushy seats, environ. Actually my argument is null as both DIJ and M
        & F's are both considered more upscale than most...
        Comes down to what ever floats your boat, no?

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          Fru May 11, 2008 07:22 AM

          Having been treated to Chosun Galbee with very dear Korean/American friends many times I can say that it is very good on many levels. I would say however that I have been a little disappointed by their cabbage kimchee on most occasions but I do like their assortment of banchan. I can't speak to the cost because of that Korean thing with fighting for the check , I never have a chance to even see the bill to know how much we really ordered but I'm guessing it's not cheap as the meats just keep coming. I will also say that their ventilation is good as I never come out of there stinking of smoke. Based on the other posts, it sounds like I'm going to have to try Dong II Jang but it does sound similarly upscale to Chosun Galbee. I do like a little local place on Foothill east of Pennsylvania in La Crescenta and they do have consistently good banchan but I wouldn't consider it a destination for what you are looking for.

    2. Frommtron May 11, 2008 01:12 AM

      I can't speak to Dong Il Jang but Chosun Galbee was certainly delicious. My group did not handle payment for the meal so I can't speak to value but the atmosphere is upscale, the service is attentive, and the meat is very high quality. My only gripe with the place is that it doesn't have charcoal grills. Now, if I were paying the bill I might be inclined to be more picky.

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        RicRios May 9, 2008 06:03 PM

        Not much seems to have changed at CG in the last year:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/398145

        Ok, just one: now we ARE in a recession, I'm glad they didn't update their website.

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          fdb May 9, 2008 05:58 PM

          I like both food wise, but Chosun is more upscale which also reflects in the price. I like that they have private rooms--great for celebratory occasions. Reservation is a must and try to arrive before 7 pm or else you won't be able to get into the valet lot. Dong Il Jang has more of a homey feels to it.

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            Servorg May 9, 2008 06:10 PM

            Both restaurants are solid choices. I think CG has the edge in their banchan. DIJ has some of the best parking in K-town for a stand alone restaurant. Free, do-it-yourself lot with PLENTY of parking.

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            samtron608 May 9, 2008 04:48 PM

            as a korean living in LA for 30 years..i have eaten at chosun only two times. each time was when we had guests from korea. while the food is good, i feel it is way overpriced. havent been there in years, so it might have changed (same price larger portions?)..but from previous experiences a little too expensive for korean bbq.

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              samtron608 May 9, 2008 01:49 PM

              try tahoe galbi on wilshire and wilton. all you can eat. make rsvp and you should have no problems. service is good, food is good for all you can eat. it will end up being a lot cheaper than chosun and a more relaxed atmosphere.

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