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Bangane on Northern and 165th

somehow this place has managed to stay off the radar...if you go, expect authentic Korean-style goat, as well as the best Tak Kalbi (spicy chicken), Samgyetang (ginseng and garlic stuffed chicken in soup), and L.A. Kalbi BBQ in town. best to go in winter, as summer gets crazy with long waits.

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Bangane
165-19 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

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  1. Did you say GOAT?
    How is it prepared? Soup with perilla leaves?
    Need details, please.
    Thanks for the tip.

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    1. re: Joe MacBu

      two options...one is prepared and then shredded at the table and served with scallion. the other is cooked at the table in a broth. the meat is again shredded, but the broth is later served with vegetables and rice. i prefer to have it cooked at the table.

      a lot of Korean restaurants are judged by the quality of their kimchi...Bangane's is better than Gah Mi Oak, which many consider to be the best.

      the only negative is that they don't cater to an American crowd, so be prepared to have questions answered with a simple smile.

      1. re: coasts

        Went to go try Bangane this weekend... and it was awesome. The Goat Stew & the Kimchi are awesome. Worth a visit.

            1. re: j0cy0223

              wow that sauce for the stew looks amazing.

              1. re: bigjeff

                Joe - did you go try the Goat Stew? Wondering on your thoughts... :) Please share if you have gone!

                1. re: j0cy0223

                  hey, loved your pictures on yelp. i saw that you bumped this thread and now i'm drooling for spicy chicken at 8:19am.

                  1. re: j0cy0223

                    Yep, I checked it out last weekend. It was a bit confusing what to order, since there are several iterations of goat available and there was a bit of a language barrier. We went with the jungol, which approximated what I had wanted (my reference is always a certain goat specialist in LA). While it says it's for two, I think one jungol, with all the banchan, would easily feed 3-4.

                    The goat stew comes filled to the brim in a decent sized pot and is set on a portable burner and is ready in about 10 minutes. I thought it was very good, although I missed some aspects that are on the LA version. In LA, the soup is in a huge steel cauldron, and the waitress comes by every five minutes to keep adding mountains of fresh perilla leaves to the soup. They also automatically offer rice or noodles at the end, to be added to the remaining broth and cook it until it is crispy on the bottom. At Bangane, I had to ask 3 times for rice to be put into the broth, and while it came out tasty, they didn't bother to crisp up the bottom - unfortunately, this is a significant strike against them since that is one of the highlights of this dish. They use a teflon-coated pot, so perhaps that's part of the issue. Overall, I was satisfied.

                    We also had the bbq duck, which was enjoyable. I found the banchan to be one of the better versions in town as well. We noticed that they had several large clear tanks with things like ginseng and other unidentifiables. I thought it was for tea, but turns out they make their own soju! They were kind enough to give us a taste of a pear soju, straight from the tank. Really great stuff.

                    I'd go back for the Dook-Bae-Gi when I get my goat craving. It's the same as the jungol, sized for 1 (but it'd probably feed 2), without the portable burner and rice addition. And it's $11 during lunch. Or the moo-chim.

                    The menu:

                    Soo-Yook (for two): Steamed goat meat w/ Jun-Gol $55.90
                    Jun-Gol (for two): Goat meat soup w/ vegetables $33.95
                    Moo-Chim (for two): Steamed goat meat & vegetables w/ spicy soup $27.95
                    Oori-Gui (min 2 orders): Duck bbq $17.95
                    Sam-Gyup-Sal (min 2 orders): Pork bbq $17.95
                    Dook-Bae-Gi: Goat meat soup w/ vegetables $13.95
                    Sam-Gae-Tang: Stuffed chicken w/ ginseng in soup $13.95
                    Dak-Galbi: Spicy chicken teriyaki w/ cabbage $14.95
                    LA-Galbi: Bbq beef ribs $15.95
                    Duk-Man-Doo Guk: Rice noodle & dumpling soup $9.95
                    Den-Jang Jigae: Bean paste soup w/ veg $8.95
                    Kimchi jigae: Kimchi soup w/ tofu $8.95

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                    Bangane
                    165-19 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

                    1. re: Joe MacBu

                      Great to hear. There was a Chow newsletter that went out and it also did mention that there were several iterations. We got the 1 person version where they cooked it for you back in the kitchen and bring it out. Good to hear about the jungol version.

                      Wondering - did you like their kimchi?

                      1. re: j0cy0223

                        J- I suspect you might have stumbled on my earlier post about kimchi ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/659474 ). I recall all their kimchi to have been pretty solid (we were served a cucumber, radish and cabbage). But I was fixated on too many other parts of the meal to analyze the kimchi in detail. Totally my bad. I'll try to redress this by paying a visit during lunch soon.

                        1. re: Joe MacBu

                          Definitely did not see that thread. Good to know. Thanks.

                      2. re: Joe MacBu

                        Tough time of year for perilla leaves. They're crazy expensive now until summer.

            2. I went back for the Kimchi and Goat Stew. Thanks again for the suggestion - so good!

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              1. re: j0cy0223

                definitely...there was just a big write up in Serious Eats. seems like they take stories from the board, no?

                http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

                1. re: coasts

                  Looks like it but can't be sure. I do know that one of the writers seems to follow the places that I go to and review on Yelp. ?!?

              2. i ate here tonight and loved the place! i wanted something light and ordered the dumpling soup and it was perfect - 4 delcious handmade dumplings (could not identify the filling, i thought it might be marinated goat and veggies), and those flat rice discs in a light milk-colored broth. it was very subtle and tasty. what i ordered and what i saw on other tables was healthy hearty simple food, prepared with care.
                i can't wait to go back and try the goat!

                i love kimchee, crave it often, and theirs was outstanding.

                i stopped because i liked the look of the place, it was filled with koreans who all seemed to be enjoying themselves. the interior is very cozy, with lots of wood and plants, hefty tables spaced well apart and more low wooden tables on platforms where you sit on cushions. i really liked the atmosphere, and the short, inexpensive menu with english descriptions!

                be prepared for limited english if any, just point to the menu and enjoy!

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                Bangane
                165-19 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

                1. I was there recently for the first time. There was a sign on the door saying something like Grand Opening. But the goat is still there on the menu. If you don't read Korean, it will be more kryptic as it's a different menu than what is posted on that yelp thread posted by j0cy. If you want the three course meal (it's never specified on the new menu), you've got to order the second dish from the left. They have a really vague English translation. It's the one that's about $32/person.

                  Goat was delicious. I think my favorite course was the first with the ultra tender goat, lettuce wraps and the layers of different flavors with the ssamjang, scallions and chili pepper/paste/perilla leaf sauce. I highly recommend adding some vinegar and mustard to the chili perilla sauce (which are provided for you) to the mixture as it offers some brightness to the heavier meat.

                  And, yes, their kimchi and banchan was great -- good amount of fermentation but overly so. I think I still prefer Gahm Mi Ok's kimchi but this is a close second.

                  Service was very friendly. And one of the waitresses speaks English fairly well.

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                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    Just wanted to say thanks for this as I've been aching to try and was wondering how it was these days. Cheers!

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      Sadly, the original owner and chef is no longer associated with the Flushing location. I haven't been since the reopening. Good to hear that they're still serving great food.