new new haven, ct korean - orange st
- zoe p. Jul 6, 2008 08:05 PM
I don't remember the name of the Korean restaurant, but it's located on Orange St, on the north edge of downtown (not the 9th Sq end of Orange St). It is right next door to an Irish-esque looking pub called "Christy's" or something and the restaurant looks like it has informal barstools in the window.
Went by early in the AM and didn't stop (we were on bikes) to look for a menu . . . any news?
It's called Soho Korean. Not sure if it is open yet - looks brand new. The Oriental Pantry, up a little farther on Orange (486 Orange), is worth checking out if you haven't yet. It looks like a small grocery from the outside, but they make wonderful, very cheap Korean lunches. Try the brown rice bi-bim-bap.
Been there twice and going back for a third. Very good Korean food, with bibimbop, bulgogi, etc. Prices quite reasonable, in the $8-$10 range for lunch. Service is decent. Decor is light and funky and modern. Not sure what the owners did before this, but they seem to know what they're doing.
Definitely worth going to! Food was super tasty and service was the best I'vd had in New Haven. Prices are good too. Not that full around dinner time, but that will probably change as word gets out.
Today, SO and I ate at Soho for lunch. Including the bar stools in the window they could seat 40. I liked the small, rear room except for the bathroom noises. There are two, big skylights in the room.
Service was spotty, though we may have contributed. They do not have a beer or wine license, so SO hiked to The Wine Thief for a bottle of wine; this took twenty-five minutes. In the meantime I had a soup with seaweed (included with meal), munched on kimchi and pickled radish and ordered and sampled a ground tuna roll (sushi). This had avocado and a spicy sauce in it, and was quite good.
We were brought wine glasses and ordered the #3 lunch, which is chicken, and I had the cuttlefish. These were both good but seemed to be made from exactly the same chile base. Our dishes were moderately spicy. Later in the day I was extremely thirsty.
I think our meal was $29. Very inexpensive. I don't claim to be an expert on Korean (and I am partial to Thai), but I thought it was average fare.
I used to live in Koreatown in Manhattan, so maybe my expectations were high, but I thought the food was just OK - not inedible, but not good enough for me to go back to.