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Korean BBQ for Birthday Dinner

Hello all,

I would like some advice on choosing a Korean BBQ place for my birthday dinner. I think K-BBQ is a great idea for a fun/festive dinner with friends (plus it's one of my favorite cuisines).

I am aiming for a place that could accommodate a party of about 12 with relative ease. We are going out to a bar in Hollywood after dinner, so any location in/around Koreatown would be ideal.

Great meat and banchan are a must!

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I'll say what everyone is thinking -- Park's BBQ.

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    1. concur with PARKS. they have a nice upstairs room for a party. can get pricey if you're eating the higher grades of beef.

      another good old school choice is DONG IL JONG, sort of the Lawry's of KOREAN BBQ. reserve a party table in the "tatami" room if you want to sit on the floor (very fun and festive). order the chop chae, tongue, bulgolgi, and roasted gui with the kimchi rice follow-up. took my family there for a party of 15, ordered way too much food and escaped for about $400 including soju and beer.

      1. We're going to Manna's for someone's birthday. Yea, its all you can eat, grill your own stuff and we're a bunch of dudes that play softball so quantity was more of a consideration than the quality. Although we like it still.

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        1. re: Yumyumcha

          skip manna. it's so dirty there. gross.

          1. re: wilafur

            it's gross and feels like a cafeteria and it's not the best quality... but it's always a good time. sometimes i even crave it.

            1. re: esquimeaux

              then hit up soot bul guirim or tahoe. same, if not lower pricing for ayce, better quality and clean.

        2. For "great meat and banchan" you might want to consider O Dae San, which used to be a the upscale sushi restaurant. It might seem absurd; from sushi to Korean bbq.
          It was a pleasant surprise for me though.

          1. If you're going out to a Hollywood bar afterwards you may want to choose a place that brings the food out already prepared. In as much as I love the grill yourself at the table experience, I always end up smelling like grilled meat. There's almost no way around it if you're cooking at the table. Just something to think about.

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            1. re: 1ahn1

              I am very sensitive to taking the grill "home" with me, but some places vent better than others. Some of the newer and more modern Korean BBQ restaurants with individual vents over each table seem to work quite well.

                1. re: liu

                  I think Park's is terrific. An alterantive might be Sa Rit Gol, it has a private looking room where it looks like you can sit on the floor I think (I have seen it, not sat in it, maybe someone else has). Park's upstairs has sectioned off areas I think too.

              1. Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I have made a reservation at Park's and am certainly excited.

                I will be wearing a special cologne at the bar called "Eau de Boeuf"!

                1. Basically two categories when it comes down to Korean BBQ.

                  1. AYCE
                  2. Pay more for better quality

                  IF your looking for some quality banchan and cuts of meat, above mentioned Park's is hands down the best in Ktown.

                  AYCE...lots of choices here, the standard price in Ktown BBQ these days are $15.99~$16.99, so lets not go to Manna please...it puts shame to KBBQ..

                  Try Gui mok, one of the hidden gem of AYCE KBBQ in Ktown. Ask for the back room for bigger groups.

                  Gui mok
                  414 S. Western AVe. #E LA, CA 90020
                  213-388-9299
                  http://www.ktownlove.com/zbxe/45261

                  1. On a side note, just went to reopened O Dae San this week.

                    Nice decor, open kitchen, attention to detial, looks pretty darn nice. Should be a nice place to have business dinners,etc.

                    But in the end, the banchans, meat quality cant stand up to Parks BBQ.

                    Long live Park's!!

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                    1. re: CostcoWater

                      CostcoWater, I read your brief review of O Dae San with much interest. Before they changed to a BBQ restaurant, I thought the space was beautiful and very pleasantly calming for dinner; I suspect, from your report, that they have maintained the interior beauty (I have not been since they changed). In stark contrast, Park's is like a nice cafeteria -- but we enjoy their food.

                      Until your review, I was feeling the conflict because I thought O Dae San might be a nicer space with better Korean BBQ than Park's...but Park's is so good! While I am disappointed to learn that O Dae San can not compare to Park's quality, I am happy that Park's has continued to offer fine fare to compare favorably with the others.,,even though the decor is rather bland.