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Best Bibimbap in Manhattan

CaitG Sep 23, 2008 07:32 PM

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

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    mcjays Oct 13, 2010 08:42 AM

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

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

    Do Hwa
    55 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

    1. sgordon Oct 8, 2010 03:19 PM

      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.

      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

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        pork_buns Oct 8, 2010 12:16 PM

        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?

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

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        1. re: pork_buns
          Jane A. Oct 8, 2010 03:12 PM

          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.

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

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          Lau Sep 24, 2008 04:25 AM

          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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            heWho Sep 24, 2008 06:44 AM

            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.

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              MVNYC Oct 8, 2010 12:27 PM

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

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

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