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MichaelG Dec 19, 2008 10:46 AM

What are your favorite Koreatown restaurants?

Right now, I'm interested in mid-priced to fine dining, but cheap eats would be great too.

I've searched the board, but people have mostly said something like "you should check out Koreatown, but I don't have any specific recommendations..."

  1. Miss Needle Dec 21, 2008 08:53 PM

    There really isn't any fine dining in K-town.

    That said, my favorites are:

    BCD Tofu -- soon tofu
    Madangsui -- kalbi
    Gahm Mi Ok -- sul long tang, bi bim bap, bin dae duk, kimchi
    Kun Jip -- casseroles
    Cho Dang Gol -- ojingo bokkum served with tofu
    Kum Gang San -- yuk gae jang
    Bon Chon -- fried chicken

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      mrnyc Dec 20, 2008 05:51 PM

      we like CHO DANG GOL for the housemade tofu, the hot stone rice, stews and pancakes. the panchan is good too. however, go elsewhere for your kalbi & bulgogi -- it's fine here, but better elsewhere.

      downsides are the menu has been thinned out over the years and the prices suck, but we still run to the place after hitting macy's.

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        Pan Dec 19, 2008 01:08 PM

        Madangsui. Great barbecue, excellent banchan.

        For a cheaper place, Han Bat is good if you get the Hyaemul Dolsot Bibimbap.

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          mr_seabass Dec 19, 2008 11:18 AM

          I suggest Soon doo bu + Kalbi at BCD or Seoul Garden and WonJo for BBQ.

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            ethnicchic Dec 19, 2008 11:16 AM

            I just had an excellent meal with a friend at Kun Jip. We had really good BBQ pork, with all the sides, and a casserole dish that was tasty. Sorry I don't remember the names. But this place is always crowded.
            I used this thread and others on this board to select the place I wanted to try first.

            9 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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            1. re: ethnicchic
              _emilie_ Dec 19, 2008 11:35 AM

              I second Kun Jip. Love their Nakji Bokum and Ojinguh Bokum. Good banchan too. It's definitely mid-priced, but you get so much food that its a good value. I could split the Nakji Bokum with a friend and easily be full.

              1. re: ethnicchic
                heWho Dec 20, 2008 03:55 PM

                Mandoo Bar. Really great dumplings (Mandoo), very unique. They also have the best bibimbap I've had in New York (if anyone has a better recommendation, let me know!)

                1. re: heWho
                  Pan Dec 20, 2008 05:37 PM

                  No kidding on the bibimbap? I'd never think of ordering it there. Where else have you gotten bibimbap? I'm particularly interested in your appraisal of different places hyaemul bibimbap, which Han Bat does a good job at.

                  I do find the mandoo soup at Mandoo Bar soothing and enjoy their little banchan.

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