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I would love to take my parents somewhere in koreatown, but am a little nervous that it will be loud, crowded or too much of a scene. Are there any good places that are on the quieter side?

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  1. That's kind of difficult because most Korean restaurants in K-town are pretty loud. If noise and crowds are an issue with your parents, I think Cho Dang Gol is not as loud as a lot of the other restaurants. I've been to Woo Chon a few times and found it a bit quieter as well -- may have to do with the location as they're located on 36th Street, off of the main drags of 32nd and 35th Street. There's Hangawi, but that's a vegetarian restaurant, and probably not what you're looking for. There are a couple of newer K-town restaurants that I haven't been to. Perhaps somebody else can comment on those.

    I think if you go on the earlier side for dinner (eg. 5:30P or so), most places won't be as hectic and loud.

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    1. re: Miss Needle

      Thanks...the menu at Cho Dang Gol is a bit more appealing to me than the other, so that could be the one!

      1. re: Miss Needle

        Madangsui on 35th st is usually pretty chill and has fantastic BBQ. I also think the service tends to be better than most of the other places as well.

        1. re: ExFlexitarian

          I have to say that when I was there, I had to wait for over 1/2 hour for a table. Loved the food, but it was pretty hectic. There were a couple of big groups of about 10 in there and very noisy. But I was there around 7:30P on a Friday night.

          That's why I think that if you keep it on the earlier side, your parents will have a saner experience.

        2. re: Miss Needle

          Second Woo Chon. I especially love the various bi bim baps they have available. Mandoo Bar might also be clean and quiet.

          1. re: a_and_w

            woo chon has surprisingly good kalbi, they've got one thats more expensive called like woo chon premium kalbi or something like that, its around $25 / order, but its quite good

            i though their general chigaes were terrible though