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Aug 30, 2009 10:09 PM

Best Korean near BART (or in San Jose)

I love SF, you know I do, but once in awhile I miss living three miles from Los Angeles's Koreatown.

Where does a carless city dweller BART to for easy access to Korean food as good as that which lines the streets of Los Angeles? I'm not talking about BBQ (though that's good too). I'm talking about goat stew, cold noodles, bibimbap, spicy noodles, clay pots full of cod or fish roe, beef bone soup, Korean sushi, and really great kimchi.

Is there a BART stop in Oakland where I can get off and just start walking, or should I be taking the Caltrain down to San Jose and begging rides off friends who live down there?

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  1. Ohgane is about 7 or 8 blocks from MacArthur BART

    3915 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611

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    1. re: kc72

      There's also Chef Yu's about a block from the same station if you're in the mood for ja jang myun, jampong and tang su yuk (sorry for any incorrect spellings)

      Chef Yu's
      3919 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

      1. re: kc72

        Ohgane: 0.8 miles. 17 minutes. A spookily empty part of town. I'd consider a taxi after dark.

      2. Once you get to MacArthur BART, which is near the corner of Telegraph and 40th Street, you can walk to Chef Yu Yu (near 40th and Telegraph)for zampong, Sahn Maru (near 44th & Telegraph) for black goat stew, Sura (near 48th & Telegraph) for great panchan (10-14 plates) and Seoul Gom Tang (at 38th & Telegraph) for ginseng chicken soup. There are usually cabs waiting at MacArthur BART on 40th Street. also frequent buses (#1 or #1R) on Telegraph. Also Casserole House (43rd), Koryo BBQ (44th?)and Pyung Chang Soft Tofu House (47th)are nearby.

        If you are headed to Ohgane, you can hop a free Kaiser Hospital shuttle (the Broadway line will get you closer than the Howe St line) that stops on Broadway at 38th (MacArthur) or 39th St. Ohgane is near 39th or 40th. The Kaiser shuttle will be in the bus lane on the east side of the station which you will be facing when you exit the BART gate.

        If you want to go shopping, there's Koreana Plaza, the size of a small Safeway, at 24th Street and Telegraph, which is closer to the 19th Street and Broadway Oakland BART station.

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        1. re: zippo

          oh, and here's a good thread of Oakland and other Bay Area Korean restaurants:


        2. Also near MacArthur are the soju bangs Dan Sung Sa and Kang Tong Degi.

          From the 19th St. station it's about a mile walk around the lake to Jong Ga House. Nicer neighborhood.

          There are several Korean places within a few blocks of the 12th St station. I think the best is Seoul House.

          The AC Transit transbay C line stops right by Ohgane.

          Non-BBQ Korean in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/648889

          Sahn Maru Korean BBQ
          4315 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

          Kang Tong Degi
          3702 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

          Jong Ga House
          372 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

          Dan Sung Sa
          2775 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

          Seoul House Korean Restaurant
          348 13th Street, Oakland, CA

          1. Oh yeah--near Downtown Berkeley station, there's Great China for Korean Chinese.

            Though I prefer Chef Yu's version of gampoongi.

            Great China Restaurant
            2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

            1. Have you been to To Hyang? It's in SF, but it has amazing goat stew, cold noodles, bibimbap, and really great homemade kimchi.

              To Hyang
              3815 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118