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Hi, I'm looking for a space to hold a wedding rehearsal dinner for about 25 people. Since we're both Korean-Americans, we thought it'd be fun to have it at a Korean restaurant (preferably in or near K-town in Manhattan, so we can take the family out for some karaoke afterwards).

I did a search and saw that one person in the past had recommended Chom Chom in Midtown - never been, looks nice and looks like it has a nice private space, but may be a bit out of our budget.

I know Kang Suh has private rooms, but I was told they only hold 20 people. A place called Don's Bogam's BBQ says it has private dining on its website, but when we went to go check it out, nobody knew what we were talking about (and it wasn't a language issue!).

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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Kang Suh
1250 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

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

Chom Chom
40 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Check out Woo Lae Oak, and they have a second restaurant Bann. I'm sure that they will be able to accomodate.

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    Woo Lae Oak
    148 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012

    1. Don Bogam is good for private parties, and their Galbi is decent. I, personally, do not enjoy Kang Suh kitchen quite as much.
      Unless you want to go to Bayside, Queens (recommended if you really enjoy Korean food and service), check them out! http://www.donsbogam.com/

      1. Hi - I'm the one who recommended Chom Chom - their prices are cheaper than Bann or Woo Lae Oak who are managed by the same people. And the private room at Chom Chom is indeed private with separate bathrooms. I recommend them - you should be able to negotiate a good price and I say it again, their kalbi is best in town (and I'm Korean). Good luck!

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        Woo Lae Oak
        148 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012

        Bann
        350 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

        Chom Chom
        40 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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        1. re: saffronbaby

          Being a Korean myself too, I love Chom Chom's Kalbi. It's the best in town. Juicy and succulent meat on bones.. Everything traditional Kalbi should be.

          Chom Chom is also often patronized by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is also a Korean. He dines in the private room you mentioned.

          I like almost everything at Chom Chom except their Bo Ssam, which is too sweet and nothing close to traditional Bo Ssam at all. Other than that, everything is tasty. Another plus is that they don't use MSG. Kalbi and Yook Gae Jang (spicy beef soup with scallions) are my two most favorite dishes.

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          Chom Chom
          40 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: kosmose7

            I had my wedding rehearsal dinner at Chom Chom and it was an absolute disaster. I strongly advise anyone thinking to book an event here to reconsider. I'll write a detailed report as to why, but please look elsewhere. This place was an embarrassment to me, my wife, and our guests, most of whom were Korean. Shameful, bad food, terrible service, and dishonest, uncaring management.

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            Chom Chom
            40 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

            1. re: coasts

              I do not know anything about wedding rehearsal dinner there since I am still single (ha) and I am sorry to hear that yours turned out bad. All I can say is their food is pretty good and close to real Korean, which is agreed by most of my fellow Koreans.

              I am curious though, about your experience there because honesty is an equally important factor for me in choosing a restaurant.