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Nov 24, 2008 09:48 AM

Korean BBQ...

I need some suggestions for a birthday celbration..manhattan only..We;ve already been to Gyu Kaku

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  1. I like Woo Lae Oak. It's a little more pricey and upscale, but great for a birthday celebration. They have private rooms for parties upstairs, great cocktails, and I've always enjoyed everything I've eaten there (I have only ever been with parties... never eaten downstairs). I'm not sure how authentic it is or isn't, but I feel like I've seen more Koreans in Gyu Kaku than in Woo Lae Oak if that's any indication. (I think Gyu Kaku is Japanese owned though, so who knows.)

    1. Madangsui on 35th Street is a good bet for Korean BBQ.

      btw, Gyu Kaku is a Japanese BBQ place.

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        I like Madangsui a lot. Excellent banchan, delicious meat, fine service, nice room. Just a really good experience.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          Miss Needle-i just tried Madangsui and was totally unimpressed esp after reading all the glowing reports of the place. I will stick to my all time favorite: Won Jo @ 23 W 32nd. Another wonderful alternative is Don Bogam's which I really loved esp. thier amazing pork bellies!!! yummy.

          BTW-Gyu Kaku is part Japanese and part Korean dishes-neverthe less also very fun and delicious.

          1. re: UES Mayor

            Why didn't you like Madangsui? I'm thinking you probably prefer Won Jo because they use coals while Madangsui uses gas. Madangsui does use gas (which I'm not crazy about), but the quality of meat is higher than Won Jo's. And the banchan and service is much better at Madangsui as well.

        2. I still like Won Jo on 32nd Street. The key is to fend off the waitresses and cook it yourself so they don't just dump all the meat on the grill at once.

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          1. re: snaporaz

            Had a terrible experience on Won Jo recently. We made a reservation for a relatively large group (~10) for a birthday celebration. After having us wait 45 min. for tables to clear, they informed us they would not be seating us, period. Needless to say, I will not be returning, and I don't recommend it for anyone else.

            1. re: davenyc

              Hi - I'm a bit confused about where to go for BBQ (even after reading all the threads, including the "i'm confused" thread) - I'd like to go somewhere where they do it over charcoal, but it seems like this is very rare in Manhattan and the few places that used to do it may not. Does Won Jo (still) grill over charcoal? Also - although I've had Korean bbq before, I'm still pretty novice, is there a really big difference b/w the charcoal and gas grilled places? Enough of a difference to make up for going somewhere that is not as highly recommended b/c it has charcoal? Thanks so much!

              1. re: pslopian

                Woo Lae Oak is ok but overpriced and nowhere near as much food as Ktown. Also if i remember correctly its gas grill. I prefer wood bbq. 32 w 32nd st. i dont know the name , its on 2 floors is not crowded, good quality and they use wood. The famous place toward broadway Kan Suh or something like that, used to be wood but has been gas for awhile and their prices went sky high, not a favorite anymore. Kori has good korean in tribeca but they do the cooking in their kitchen

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  that place with the wood is the shiny place, New York Kom Tang or something like that. good place.

                  1. re: bigjeff

                    Thanks for the feedback - We went to NY Kom Tang and they do indeed have wood fired bbq. The banchan wasn't the greatest, but the kalbi was really good (although the pork belly was so-so). Really fun place, though.

                    1. re: pslopian

                      Where's it at? How were the prices?

                      1. re: Pan

                        It's at 32 W 32nd St (b/w broadway and 5th, I think). The prices, compared to other places, were pretty reasonable... I think 24 for the "special" kalbi and 15 for the pork belly (or something around there)... here's the menupages link: