Korean near New Haven?
Great post! Who took the great photos? Iwasvery pleasantly surprised as I had just returned from a recent trip to Seoul and have trouble findig good Korean food in New England. the food was fairly authentic and the service and company was excellent. I really enjoyed the haemun paejung and the geegae. The so ju wine is called 50 years as it is supposed to add 50 years to your life. Then wine ios made w/ ginseng and is supposed to add 100 years to your life and when diluted w/ so ju, only adds 50! The bulgogi table top bbq, which we did not have looked great too.
The final photo is 50 years of collateral damage.
Here are a couple of photos from Korea w/ the same meals.
OK, it's like we're talking to ourselves and answering our own question, since we went to Seoul a few days ago for lunch. It has a plain looking, deceptive exterior, but very nice inside. I can't tell you the number of times I have driven past it and never noticed...
Great food! I was amazed. Mark led me and SO through a plethora of foods.
#1, Yaki-Gyoza, which are finely ground beef filled dumplings, much like pot stickers. Very good!
#11, Haemul Pajun: seafood and scallions in wheat-egg pancake. Also delicious with a lot of squid in it. Made and cut like pizza!
#14, Raw cuttlefish "Moochim", raw fish and vegetables in a spicy sauce. I thought this was good, but unusual and hot.
**SP, Cod fish Geegae (that's how it is listed). A home-style stew of chopped cod with bones, in a spicy vegetable broth. A very nice dish.
#39, Bibim-Bap with Steak Tartar: finely sliced beef with many raw vegetables that is left for you to toss. It is a wonderfully flavored salad. My favorite dish of the meal. Had fish sauce in it. It came with a very good, very rich tasting miso soup.
We drank 50-50, which is a mixing of ginger flavored wine and So Ju. This is supposed to give you a long life. Be careful with So Ju! It is rocket fuel. Made with sweet potatoes it is 20% alcohol and the wine is around 13.
We had a really enjoyable meal and will return! Yes, they have sushi.
The female owner is very nice and was helpful!
She was helpful over the phone, too. (203) 497-9634
343 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06511-5405
Building, owner, dumplings and pancakes
In addition to the genuine Korean places already mentioned, I can note that Yooki Yama on the green in Branford is a not-bad Japanese place run by Koreans, which has some Korean dishes on the menu. No bibimbop, but some other things worth trying. No Shoju as far as I recall, but the best selection of premium sakes in New Haven county (maybe best in CT).
Seoul appears to be the preferred and more upscale one in New Haven.
I have eaten at Soho (I think I reviewed it on Chowhound), and found it unimpressive, but it was lunch fare and I don't know Koren that well. As I recall the food (or both meal's entree), seemed too similar in taste, though they were fairly different. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5360...
There is Oriental Pantry, a market on Orange, that has some prepared food. I do not know if it is all takeout, or not. 486 Orange Street New Haven, CT 06511 (203) 865-2849
Edit: just called and they have four tables. Hours 12-7PM on weekdays, 12-5 on Saturday. You can do BYOB. Woman was very nice on the phone.
New Haven has several options for Korean:
Oriental Pantry is my favourite of the three, but it's not really a restaurant, more of a Korean market that sells a few prepared dishes (and a lot of tasty groceries that are otherwise hard to find in the area). I believe a bibimbap here runs about $6.95 with a choice of beef, tofu, or house-made kimchi topping. I'm not kidding when I say the bibimbap is extremely fresh - the lady (nicest ever) who makes it includes fresh herbs from her garden and you can really taste the difference! They also have some fresh sushi, japchae, and varying daily items.
I like Soho - it's a small but homey place and they have free wifi. The portions are huge and the banchan are tasty (and include free miso soup). The menu is pretty small but it has several classic dishes (bibimbap, dukboki, bulgogi, etc). The service is amazingly friendly.
Haven't been to Seoul, but it's the most well known of the Korean places, and it's right in downtown on Crown St. They're the most pricey and they have a lot of sushi too, I think.
343 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511
259 Orange St, New Haven, CT
Oriental Pantry Grocery-Gifts
486 Orange St, New Haven, CT
Hi, can't help with New Haven, but can give you a Hartford tip if you want to hit it on the way home--Ichiban. I haven't been in several years, but I remember it being good. I don't know a whole lot about Korean food, so I can't give you many specifics.
I see there is now a Japanese-Korean place in Rocky Hill--I had no idea. Has anyone been?
Hazuki Japanese and Korean CuisineHazuki Japanese and Korean Cuisine
397 Cromwell Ave
Rocky Hill, CT
Hey, CT hounds--is Seoul-Tokyo Restaurant in East Hartford on Silver Lane gone? The number is disconnected so I suspect so. I read that the Korean grocery store is gone. I haven't been to that part of town in a long time as evidenced by this post. Just thought I'd get the ball rollin'.
Connecticut Beverage Mart does not sell soju. I called to check. Try the liquor store down the hill from our buddy--they are just as big and may have a better variety.
There are 2 Korean spots in New Haven, neither of which I have tried. Seoul is on Crown ( I think) near York, and has been there forever. Soho is new and on my list, on Orange near Elm St, has had some godd reviews in the paper.
Not familiar with So ju, but I would check Amity Liquors