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Korean BBQ for Birthday Party

newsysuzy12 Jan 6, 2011 07:31 AM

Which of the midtownish Korean BBQ places do you like best for about 8-12 people. Since it is a birthday party a pleasant atmosphere and service factor in as well as food. Also at least beer/wine available.


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    newsysuzy12 Jan 9, 2011 09:44 PM

    Hi...thanks for the rec. I plan to try it next weekend. The stew with the dumplings and kimchee sounds really good right now.

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      newsysuzy12 Jan 16, 2011 09:48 AM

      I went to Don's. The food was good, but in terms of service and atmosphere I wouldn't have my party there. We sat at the bbq table on the lower level. While the service was polite they were not really good about explaining the menu at all. With a larger group, some of who have not had Korean food before it would be a bad fit. it was dark and loud and we felt a little rushed.

      Don't get me wrong, it's is a good, albeit slightly pricey place, and would be perfect for before a game or show. But it just didn't feel fun at all. (This may have been since we were isolated down on the floor in a kind of ugly nook)

      So help...would Kang Suh be an awful choice. We stopped in and at least they were friendly and accomodating. I had the food there 5 years ago and it was ok.

      Kang Suh
      1250 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

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        mirandabrooklyn Jan 16, 2011 10:00 AM

        Madangsui - 35 West 35th Street. Best we have had anywhere. Try house cellophane noodle dish. Shortribs and regular Bulgogi amazing. Often crowded and long lines but they try to keep it moving. We had amazing Bibimop sizzling in stone pot. um!

        35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

        1. re: newsysuzy12
          Lau Jan 16, 2011 10:10 AM

          actually if you want bbq and want more of a fun atmosphere, u should just go to gyu kaku at cooper sq, def more of a fun atmosphere and the food is good although it will be a bit more expensive than ktown

          kang suh is awful as are most of the bbq places in ktown

          1. re: newsysuzy12
            Silverjay Jan 16, 2011 10:21 AM

            I organized a party for one of my ball teams at Madangsui and it was great. We reserved tables in advance and the service and food were good. It's a noisy, open environment though. Another option, besides Gyukaku, for Japanese take on Korean BBQ is Yakiniku West on 9th street. They have a party room with sliding doors that is good for about 8-12 people. We had a party there several years ago. Service was good, though food is a few notches down from the other places.

            35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

            Yakiniku West
            218 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: newsysuzy12
              E Eto Jan 16, 2011 05:39 PM

              It kind of sounds like Korean BBQ is less than ideal for your group. If you need someone on the waitstaff to hold your hand through the ordering/cooking process, it's likely not going to happen at a busy Korean BBQ place, especially if you go on a weekend. For a group that large for KBBQ, you need someone to be the "project manager" to do the ordering, being mindful of the newbies and people with dietary restrictions, dealing with the multiple grills, etc. Likely that duty will fall upon you since you seem to be the organizer. For me, KBBQ is one of the worst choices for large groups because of the do-it-yourself component and it's not the kind of setting where someone can order their own dish, and sharing needs to be, again, "managed." Have you thought about doing a Chinese banquet instead?

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            Lau Jan 7, 2011 07:11 AM

            i think you should go to don bogam, its the nicest and probably the best (along with madansui) of the korean bbq joints

            id recommend making a reservation btw

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              InfoMofo Jan 6, 2011 07:45 AM

              All of the large k-town establishments can accommodate large parties for BBQ, and will generally have the same level of service and liquor selection.

              I recently went to a birthday dinner at Don's Bogam, which I actually found to be a little more fun than the other ones. They have this lowered seating which is hard to describe, but is kind of fun for a group. They also offer some tradiitonal Korean drink options I haven't seen widely at some of the other k-town bbq houses, such as Makuly.

              Don's Bogam
              17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

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              1. re: InfoMofo
                coasts Jan 6, 2011 02:48 PM

                of all the places i've been in KTown, only Don's has any sort of atmosphere. although, Shilla has that second floor which doesn't hold much more than 12 people. they might close it off for you, depending on your final headcount.

                37 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

                1. re: InfoMofo
                  Pan Jan 6, 2011 09:38 PM

                  I think Don's Bogam would be very suitable for a fun and delicious birthday dinner. A friend of mine took me there for a birthday dinner, in fact.

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