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Great Korean BBQ, not Flushing (Kang Suh, Wom Jo, or Madangsui?)

Looking for a good Korean BBQ place, preferably in Manhattan. Kang Suh has been recommended to us, but I've read up on it here and heard the kim chi sucks. That's a bummer.

If I had to choose between Wom Jo or Madangsui, which would it be?

I know next to nothing about Korean BBQ, the few Korean meals I've had I found to be rather underwhelming, and I'm hoping to get a better insight this time. I LOVE spicy food, so that won't be an issue.

Thanks, as always.

Review of Convivio (disappointing -- 1 Michelin star? really???), Yasuda (fantastic), and Resto (nice) to follow soon.

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  1. I agree with you on Convivio. I haven't been to Wom Jo but I really like mandangsui - enough space (not all cramped like most Ktown restaurants) and the food is delicious. I also like Kam Suh.

    1. Madangsui is tops for Korean BBQ in Manhattan. I would highly recommend AGAINST Kang Suh. The food is VERY mediocre. Any Korean restaurant that has everything under the sun in the menu -- not a good sign. Won Jo is a notch better, but stick to BBQ specialists for Korean BBQ, such as Madangsui, Don's Bogam, etc.

      1. I prefer Kang Suh over Madangsui for BBQ. I find the meat marinade much more tasty. I don't know what the big hype over Madangsui is and why NY Times choose this particular joint to cover Korean BBQ. It's certainly not bad but not worth the hype.

        I like Shilla for BBQ. It's not know as the BBQ spot, but it's great. Also, if you don't mind less banchan, I highly recommend Don's Bogam for the BBQ.

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        Kang Suh
        1250 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

        1. i went to Madangsui on Saturday. It was quite busy so I am glad we made a reservation.

          It was good, but not sure if it is one star worthy.

          1. Anybody else been to Madangsui lately? How far in advance did you need to reserve? Thinking of going with a party of 4 soonish but one of the members has a very irregular schedule due to work-related travel.

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            Madangsui
            35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

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            1. re: kathryn

              i would think you can get a same day reservation. i've never made one and never waited more than twenty minutes for a table, even on weekend nights. as usual, the negative thing about nearly all korean restaurants in manhattan is the ambience. madangsui is no exception.

              1. re: kathryn

                I realize you posted this back in April, but for what it's worth, I've never made a reservation at Madangsui but just show up and have never had much of a wait, if any. It's been some time, though, so I couldn't say whether that situation has changed.