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Good Korean food in Flushing

I'm trying to find decently cheap Korean food in Flushing. There are a lot of Chinese places in Flushing and I can't find any Korean places. The restaurants in the Manhattan K-town are way overpriced and Korean food sucks in Jackson Heights. Any good suggestions?

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  1. Korean food tends to be expensive. I don't know of any "bargain" Korean restaurants. However, Ah Ree So is quite excellent. Their grilled meats use superb quality cuts and their onion relish and kim chee are both very good. Their ban chan varies in quality but is in upper tier when their kitchen is "on".

    The dining environment is also more upscale and airy so your clothes don't reek of oil when you are done eating.

    Kumg Gan San in Flushing is better than the one in Manhattan. The ban chan was quite varied and good, however, I haven't eaten there since the opening of Ah Ree So.

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    Kum Gang San
    138-28 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

    Ah Rhee Soo
    3810 138th St, Queens, NY 11354

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    1. re: Pookipichu

      sorry but Ah Ree Soo? really?

      i can't believe anyone who has had good korean food can consider Ah Ree Soo good korean food. I've never had korean food that bad. and i am including the korean restaurants run by chinese-koreans.

      1. re: billy917

        Yes Ah Ree Soo, their oxtail special is wonderful. Their special kalbi is high quality meat and tender. I have had terrific sardine ban chan, their kim chee is well balanced and the environment and ambiance are spacious and well appointed.

        I don't like smelling like grease after I eat and have had better and had worse Korean at Cho Dong Gol and Madangsui depending on the visit. Perhaps you had a bad experience there, but overall Ah Ree Soo is the most high end Korean restaurant in Flushing.

        Furthermore, some of the worst Korean food I've had was in Korean restaurants that were run by Koreans without Chinese backgrounds.

    2. You may not be looking in the right places if you can't find Korean in Flushing. There are a whole bunch of places on Union Street and Northern Boulevard. Main Street is predominantly Chinese. There is a Woo Chon on Kissena Blvd off of Main Street. But there's also a location in Manhattan. Haven't been to a lot of them in a while because DH is really not the hugest fan of Korean food. But a few places off the top of my head:

      Sam Won Gahk -- Korean-Chinese on N. Blvd
      Tong Sap Gyup Gui -- Pork belly BBQ; Cheuotang on N. Blvd
      Hansol Nutrition -- sam gye tang, roasted chicken on N. Blvd

      I don't think these places are going to be significantly less expensive than what you find in Manhattan's K-town, though. But I believe HLing posted something about some inexpensive huge kimchi bun place on Union Street recently.

      ETA: Some of the places may be a bit of a walk from the Main Street subway station.

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      Hansol Nutrition Center
      160-26 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

      Woo Chon
      41-19 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

      Tong Sam Gyup Gui
      162-23 Depot Rd, Queens, NY 11358

      Sam Won Gahk
      144-20 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

      1. My fella and I recently visited East Seafood Restaurant, a Korean join in Flushing, to try their sannakji (aka, live octopus). So if you're into Korean novelty food, that's your place. (Although they also serve dead things.)

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        East Seafood Restaurant
        150-60 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

        1. Look at the places around the murray hill train station.

          1. may also help to explain if you are looking for anything specific on the menu for korean food; lot of specialists in flushing and some of them cheaper than others, again depending on what exactly you are looking for. a good value-for-money place is the place right next to the police station on union, a block or two over from Roosevelt towards Northern. I think it's a branch of Sam-Kap-Soo or however you write it.

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            San Soo Kap San
            38-13 Union St, Queens, NY 11354

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            1. re: bigjeff

              for korean bbq within walking distance of the main street station, head to union st + 37th ave (kitty corner from the police dept). the place is called jang tuh (or some formation of that). it's a small place, but their kalbi is great. they are one of the few korean bbq places in queens that still uses woodchips for the fire, which shines through in the taste of the meat. i believe they have lunch specials which are cheaper. this place is mostly koreans, unlike kum kang san down the street. i like it here the best for kalbi, outside of nam oh jung on northern + 161st.

              kum kang san on northern + union is where i send non-koreans that are getting introduced to korean food and are intimidated by places that are only koreans. kum kang san has a large chinese clientele, as the waitstaff speaks english and the menu is extensive. i don't know any koreans that go here anymore, actually, unless it's for a special occasion in the banquet area. not to say they don't go there, but it's a little too cavernous and big for my taste.

              even closer to the main street station is woo chon, which is across the street from the flushing library on kissena blvd. this place has been around for ages. it's not the best around, but it's decent enough. i have always liked their suhl lung tang (korean oxtail soup with noodles).

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              Kum Gang San
              138-28 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

              Nam O Jung
              160-13 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

              Jang Tuh
              136-93 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

              Woo Chon
              41-19 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

              1. re: Linda

                Linda,
                Are there any places you like better than jang tuh in Queens if you have a car? I looked through your posts and couldn't find others. We got a babysitter for a night out with another couple and we can't wait. Probably barbecue although we love fish and seafood too. Not interested in fried chicken. Doesn't have to be "American friendly."
                Thanks!

            2. you're not going to be able to get cheap korean bbq.

              but what you can get is korean's version of "fast food". noodles, dumplings, sushi rolls and such. two popular ones in flushing are next door to each other near the union street koryodang bakery.

              or you can try the soft tofu place on136-72 roosevelt next to macy's for a serving of korean BBQ that's not too expensive as it has limited banchan. their soups are delicious as well.

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              Bitgoul
              136-72 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

              1. BBQ Village on Northern Blvd. offers a pretty good deal for all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ (and shabu shabu, if that's your thing, too). The meat is pretty good quality, and the tab per person is anywhere from about $20 - $35. (They have cheaper rates if you go with the super late night crowd, post 11pm.) It's worth the subway and bus trek from Manhattan, according to one of my Korean friends.

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                BBQ Village
                157-26 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358