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best (or even good) cheap lunch in Koreatown?

hlbones Jul 5, 2010 07:27 PM

The title says (or asks ) it all. What can you suggest for a real cheapie like me, for lunch>\?

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    kathryn RE: hlbones Jul 5, 2010 08:01 PM

    I assume you read the Midtownlunch.com site, yes?

    A friend who works nearby says to hit Woorijip for the best (fast/takeout) Korean lunch in town.

    Baden Baden is a Korean friend chicken option. He prefers Mad For Chicken and Baden Baden to the rest (Kyochon, Bon Chon, etc).

    12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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    1. re: kathryn
      squid kun RE: kathryn Jul 6, 2010 08:46 AM

      Woorijip's by-the-pound buffet spread is freshest around midday and around 5 p.m. Veg dishes are a better bet than meat or seafood, IMO. There are also prepackaged dishes, hit or miss in my experience.

      E-Mo makes kimbap (rice rolls in seaweed) to order, $6 and under, with various fillings and a cup of soup. Nice light takeout bite.

      Baden Baden doesn't open until after 4 so it's not a lunch option.

      2 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

      Baden Baden New York
      28 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

      12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

      1. re: squid kun
        ExFlexitarian RE: squid kun Jul 6, 2010 02:51 PM

        not to mention the fried chicken (and pretty much all the food) at Baden Baden is horrible.

        Shilla was running a good lunch special last year... not sure if they're still doing it:

        37 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

        1. re: ExFlexitarian
          bigjeff RE: ExFlexitarian Jul 6, 2010 07:12 PM

          a lot of the bbq places run decent set lunches, around $10 and you still get plenty plenty of food. Seoul Garden's combos are good (but more expensive, like $12-$13).

          Seoul Garden
          34 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

        2. re: squid kun
          asiansupper RE: squid kun Jul 13, 2010 08:06 AM

          +1 E-Mo Kimbap

          Seems like most K-town places (except the drinking establishment types, like Baden Baden) have pretty reasonably priced lunch specials.

          I like Woo Chon on 36th

          2 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

          Woo Chon
          8 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

          1. re: asiansupper
            uwsister RE: asiansupper Jul 13, 2010 11:51 AM

            I'm probably the only person on the board who doesn't like E-mo's kimbap. I don't think they're that good - I even prefer ready-made ones at Woorijip. Not to mention totally overpriced - but then again all Korean snack foods are, so that's kind of besides the point.

            1. re: uwsister
              bigjeff RE: uwsister Jul 13, 2010 12:12 PM

              I'm with you, uwsister.

        3. re: kathryn
          uwsister RE: kathryn Jul 6, 2010 12:10 PM

          I second Woorijip and would add Mandoo Bar (not for dumplings, but other dishes like dolsot bibimbap. Cheap and good.)

          Mandoo Bar
          2 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

          12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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          travpard RE: hlbones Jul 6, 2010 01:58 PM

          H-Mart has pretty cheap prepared foods too, but take out only.

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            sasamii RE: hlbones Jul 13, 2010 01:32 PM

            Chiming in to also recommend Woorijip. It gets mobbed during lunchtime, but there are tons of options (though I tend to find that the tab runs up rather quickly at the by-the-pound buffet). Depending on how much you eat, you can assemble a meal for around $6-8. The pre-packaged boxes are also very decent (and a bit cheaper); there are both hot and cold dishes to choose from. Finally, there's a noodle bar in the back where you can get a decent sized bowl for under $10.

            12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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