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Which is your fave Korean spot in Allston?

Not familiar with the spots in Allston and would love to hear what you have to say.

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  1. Hanmaru for gamjatang, Color for casual stuff like ddukboki, BKII for japchae and other "Chinese" dishes. I really like the atmosphere at Korean Garden but would say it's only so-so for BBQ as the meats aren't well seasoned. You do get a large number of banchan though.

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    Korean Garden
    122 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

    Hanmaru Restaurant
    168 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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    1. re: Luther

      Thanks for helping out this gwailo :)

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      Buk Kyung Restaurant
      151 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

      Color Restaurant
      166 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

    2. Luther pretty much nailed my perspective; I'd say Korean Garden is the most useful all-purpose player. I'd add Bon Chon Chicken for South Korean-style fried chicken (I haven't tried much else there.)

      I remember the Korean across from Kantin at the Super 88 food court (Misono Grill?) being decent: is that still going? Also, did anyone else realize that the Hong Kong Supermarket chain is co-owned by Veronica Yip? (Don't GIS her at work.)

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      Kantin
      1095 Commonwealth Ave Ste 203, Boston, MA 02215

      Korean Garden
      122 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I was at the Super88 food court about two weeks ago. The Korean place across from from Kantin is still there.

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        Kantin
        1095 Commonwealth Ave Ste 203, Boston, MA 02215

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          there are actually two korean stalls at the food court. misono grill across from kantin and misono wok next to jmp international

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Yep, she's married to the man who owns the chain. Nice gossip fodder for the overseas Chinese community.

            Now back on topic. I'd just second that I think Korea Garden is best of the overall - just have a general Korean meal type of place. I've eaten only a few times at Colors, and I like some of the food I've tried, but this place is more of a grab a bite before you go place, not really a place I would typically recommend if someone wants a go out to dinner experience.

            Haven't tried Roppongi, but after having a Bon Chon a few times, I still crave it. It's a crazy addiction. I've only had their chicken though.

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            Roppongi
            1243 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA 02134

          2. another_adam here on the board hipped me to Myeung Dong 1st Ave, as another option, particularly for drinking food (anju). And birthday parties. Man, they throw a good one ! It's a good idea to go with a group, as the food off the anju menu comes in ginormous platters to be washed down by vats of soju and beer. As another_adam notes, the soups & stews are quite good (better for small groups, too), in addition to the boozy fare like fried gizzards and broiled mackerel, pig's feet, pajeon, etc.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7100...

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            1. re: Nab

              Totally agree, loved that place the one time I had been...

              1. re: Nab

                Yes! Went to Myeung Dong 1st Ave the other night and liked it much more than Korean Garden and Koreana.

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                Koreana
                154 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Korean Garden
                122 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

                1. re: Trumpetguy

                  It's a very specific thing... for when you want to drink fruity soju drinks and watch korean pop videos and sit on flimsy plastic chairs surrounded by korean BU kids... the drinking food is pretty solid

                    1. re: Nab

                      OMG these descriptions are transporting me back to the mid 90's in the days of Club Nicole, followed by late night dinners at Ginza Chinatown when it was a zoo at 3am. And also transported back to Koreatown/Lawrence Ave in Chicago circa late 90's. I gotta get my ass to Myeung Dong.

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                      Ginza
                      16 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

                        1. re: yumyum

                          LOL! YY - You know me too well! Maybe I'll see you there sometime! We'll share a jug of soju.

                    2. re: Luther

                      Don't know 'bout that, but we had octopus with noodles w/a spicy,sweet sauce & tofu seafood stew which was spicy as well. Both were spicier and generally better than similar dishes I've had at Koreana and Korean Garden. I skipped the soju and just tried a Korean beer :)

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                      Koreana
                      154 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

                      Korean Garden
                      122 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

                2. color, roppongi, and bon chon for korean fried chicken
                  buk kyung II for korean-style chinese food
                  korean garden for bbq and all around korean food
                  myung dong for anju (korean bar snacks)
                  misono grill for stone pot bibimbap with spicy pork bulgogi
                  color and between hours pc cafe for patbingsoo

                  1. Had Darokukbap for lunch at Korean Garden. Nice semi-spicy beef broth but quite a bit of the beef itself was on the gristly side.

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                    Korean Garden
                    122 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134