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Best Bibimbap in Manhattan

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I'm looking to try "bibimbap" for the first time. Where can I get the best at a reasonable price?

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  1. surprisingly I think the best bibimbap is at gam me oak (a suh long tang specialist), they only have a few dishes on their menu, but their classic bibimbap is def the best in ktown (i eat in ktown alot, been to every restaurant)

    the kimchi dolsot bibimbap at kunjip is also very good (although its quite a different dish than the classic bibimbap)

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    1. re: Lau

      I'll have to try that out. The best I've found in Korea town is at Mandoo Bar. It's served table side in a huge, hot cast iron bowl.

      I had a terrible version at the place across the street from Mandoo Bar (the name escapes me now). It was just awful.

      1. re: Lau

        I never thought to order it at Gahm Mi Oak. i always get the suh long tang. Will have to give it a shot.

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        Gahm Mi Oak Restaurant
        43 W 32nd St Frnt 3, New York, NY 10001

      2. The one at Mandoo Bar is excellent, but I haven't tried many others.

        I'm also really curious about this - does anyone else have some suggestions?

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        Mandoo Bar
        2 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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        1. re: pork_buns

          Although I'm truly no expert on this subject, I tried the stone bowl version at Chom Chom on W. 56th and enjoyed it. It comes with a choice of 4 different sauces to mix in. With or without egg yolk.

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          Chom Chom
          40 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        2. I'll second Gahm Mi Oak. I lived on that block for a couple years, and they were always good. Also solid was the big garish place a couple doors down - Kum Gang San - though I know they're a more "controversial" choice, and have a few detractors, perhaps because of their popularity. I like the banchan (the assortment of extras they bring out to accompany your meal) more at KGS, although the Kimchee is higher quality at GMO. Seems the crowd is leaning GMO's way, though.

          One thing to make sure is that you order the "Dol Sut" (or "Dol Sot") BiBimBap - that's the version that comes in the hot stone bowl, leading to crispy rice goodness. Regular BBB just comes in a regular, not-hot bowl.

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          Kum Gang San
          49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

          Gahm Mi Oak Restaurant
          43 W 32nd St Frnt 3, New York, NY 10001

          1. Mandoo Bar is good but I also like Do Hwa's on Carmine.

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            Mandoo Bar
            2 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

            Do Hwa
            55 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014