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Best Korean BBQ in Flushing?

hungry_united May 19, 2008 08:36 AM

I've done a bunch of research on the boards and come up with a list of recommended Korean restaurants in Flushing for future field trips, but now my parents are coming to town and I was hoping someone could help me narrow the list down to just one place?
I'm looking for great Korean BBQ (either DIY or the kind where they cook it for you at your table) at a good price. Probably not a hole-in-the-wall, but it's okay if the food is spectacular. They especially like spicy pork and kalbi and a good variety of panchan...
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help!

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    squinchy Jun 3, 2008 08:46 AM


    I have been to Sulrak Garden mentioned in this post and it's pretty great...

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      Lau Jun 2, 2008 02:38 PM

      i like the following:
      - ham ji bak: good all around, but i particularily like their sam gyup sal (which is a thick cut of pork, kind of like bacon, but thicker and better)
      - san soo kap san: very good bbq and good regular dishes as well

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      1. re: Lau
        kavery Jun 2, 2008 07:44 PM

        Agree that Ham Ji Bach (there are two locations) and San soo kap san are the better ones. Ham Ji Bach specializes in pork belly and their's is particularly outstanding. San Soo Kap has good Kalbi and great banchan especially if you order the kalbi. I find Ham Ji Bach has better selection though and main dishes are tastier. Depending on night you go prepare to wait. You can go to one of the yogurt shops of dessert places after.

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          laylag Jun 21, 2008 01:19 PM

          Thanks all. Kavery, we took your suggestion and went to Ham Ji Bach. Chose the one in Bayside simply for it's closer location. It was excellent and really put to shame the supposedly very good Korean BBQ in Westchester we'd been to both on overall quality (very, very, very good) and price (perfectly reasonable, inexpensive even).

          Korean BBQ is a relatively new cuisine for us and we have much to explore - looking forward to more visits to Ham Ji Bach and will also definitely try SanSoo Kap.

          I will be happy to report on the Tristate board that for those of us in Southern Westchester, there's every reason to drive ten more minutes each way across the Throg's Neck. There's no comparison.

          1. re: laylag
            Lau Jun 21, 2008 04:03 PM

            if u post on tri-state, u can also try palisades park and fort lee...they have arguably better korean food than flushing / bayside

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              laylag Jun 22, 2008 03:06 PM

              Really. Tristate is my home board. I''ll search our board for recs. Thanks Lau.

              1. re: laylag
                Lau Jun 22, 2008 03:40 PM

                yeah its a great place for korean food, here's a post i put up a while back and there are some good answers and a great blog that really lists alot of stuff...still suggest posting though b/c there are always new restaurants, mgmt changes, rest closings etc etc as this info is a bit dated


            2. re: laylag
              kavery Jun 22, 2008 06:59 PM

              I'm glad you liked it. The powder dip and the thinly cut pickled radish are hard to find in the US though I heard you can get them in Korea. Though I like Pal Park (I eat there once a month) I don't think any one restaurant is outstanding not even Yoo Chun or Mandarin.

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            designerboy01 Jun 2, 2008 09:47 PM

            I heard there is a place up in Weschester that specializes in Black Pig BBQ like in Jeju-do. Anyone know this place in Weschester or any in Flushing?

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            laylag Jun 2, 2008 12:25 PM

            I see you received no reply hungry united and since I am currently searching for the same thing I'm giving your post a bump. Hopefully we'll get some responses.

            Also, I did a search here and didn't come up with good info so if you'd be kind enough to post the results you referenced above, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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            1. re: laylag
              chefjellynow Jun 2, 2008 01:36 PM

              i personally LOVE picnic garden bbq at 149th and northern. it is a bbq buffet but everything is there


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                Scarlet Jun 4, 2008 08:31 PM

                I second Picnic Garden. It is a little bit divy in a weird Asian way, so if you are looking for atmosphere then this is not the place (ie you see the ducts hanging from the ceilings, the whole place smells a lot like smoke). But, for Korean food it is by far the BEST bang for the buck. They have a long simple buffet with some banchan: seafood pancakes, sticky fried chicken wings (not banchan but good!), kimchee, chop jae, kim bop, crab soup and I think it is miso soup (someone correct me if I am wrong); They have white rice and red bean rice; then they have all the meats - marinated and raw and the grills are on your table. There is: bone in and boneless gal bi, kalbi, prawns, boneless and non boneless spicy pork (delicious!!), something like bacon but it is round, squid, kidneys, chicken, etc. You cook them on the grills on your table and the waitresses will cut them up and turn them over for you like at a regular korean restaurant. You get sooooooo much meat for so little money. You can keep taking as much as you can eat. In a regular Korean restaurant, one meat alone is close to $20... here all you can eat for $22.95. I shlep out there from Manhattan anytime I want Korean.
                95% of the customers are Asian.

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