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Korean food Mall in ktown

NicoleFriedman Mar 22, 2011 07:32 PM

I used to live in korea town in the city. Due to work I hadn't been there in months. The other day I found a new food court seeming to specialize in Korean fast food, with a mangoes fro-yogurt in the front. While I'd be interested in trying it, I wasn't sure if it would becworth it when there are so many good Korean restaurants right next door. Also, while some of the food did look unique like omelette rice, it looked too heavy for me. Part of the appeal of Korean food for me is theat I can eat a ton of the banchan with a soup and rice and not feel like a glutton:) Has anyone tried it?

Food Gallery 32
11 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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    fooodie RE: NicoleFriedman Mar 23, 2011 11:10 AM

    Haven't been yet, but Serious Eats had a fairly comprehensive guide http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

    1. Miss Needle RE: NicoleFriedman Mar 23, 2011 11:36 AM

      Lau also did a blog post on this.


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        Lau RE: Miss Needle Mar 23, 2011 08:43 PM

        there is some decent food, but nothing amazing...that said it is cheap and very convienent and the place itself is kind of cool

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          uwsister RE: Lau Mar 24, 2011 11:12 PM

          I have not been yet, but as someone who grew up with this kind of food I have to appreciate Boon Sik Zip, at least for trying. I can't think of any other place that serves real "boon sik" in Manhattan.

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            Lau RE: uwsister Mar 25, 2011 04:28 AM

            yah i dont know why ktown doesn't have a straight boon shik restaurant, i love all that stuff...although u can get most of it at different places in ktown

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              coasts RE: Lau Mar 25, 2011 02:43 PM

              What about Song 7.2? They have duk bokgi, kim mari, dobookimchibokum, mandoo, and pajon. It's ok, but not like Cap Ramen or Ooh Ooh Wah in Fort Lee.

              Song 7.2
              117 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                Lau RE: coasts Mar 25, 2011 03:18 PM

                yah i guess they have some of the food, i dont remember the food being very good though although it was a while ago and ive only been there once

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                  coasts RE: Lau Mar 25, 2011 04:13 PM

                  The secret is to drink a lot of soju!

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                  uwsister RE: coasts Mar 25, 2011 10:17 PM

                  Where is it? As for me it's gotta have the trifecta of "boon sik" - those spicy rice cakes, kimbap, and soondae - and a free cup of oden broth, of course.

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                    coasts RE: uwsister Mar 26, 2011 04:56 AM

                    2nd Ave and 7th Street. as Lau said, their food is not the greatest, but we'll go on occassion for duk bokgi and kim mari.

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                      Lau RE: coasts Mar 26, 2011 05:41 AM

                      yah its not far away from where i live, as coasts said its kind of a drinking spot, it must do okay as its been open for a while

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                NicoleFriedman RE: uwsister Mar 27, 2011 03:54 PM

                What is boon sik?

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                  coasts RE: NicoleFriedman Mar 27, 2011 06:33 PM

                  street food often associated with the type that high school students might eat...fried dumplings, spicy rice cakes, noodle dishes...

                  we were at the food court for lunch today and, while we enjoyed everything we had, nothing was better than you could get at any of the restaurants nearby. black noodle is priced at almost $8, same as you'd pay elsewhere with table service and banchan. dumplings were $6 or $7. the best value was the kim bop and the grilled dukbokgi, which was also the tastiest dish of the day.

                  ultimately, if the food isn't better or at least less expensive, i don't see a reason to choose a food court over a proper restaurant. we ordered from three different stands, meaning three different lines, three different checkouts and waiting for three different buzzers to go off. sure, you don't have to order this way, but isn't that the single joy of a food court?

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                Miss Needle RE: Lau Mar 25, 2011 01:53 PM

                Yeah, even though I haven't eaten there, I had a feeling it wouldn't be the best representation of these dishes. It seems like it's kind of a higher end version of Woo Ri Jip.

                12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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              small h RE: NicoleFriedman Mar 23, 2011 03:47 PM

              The Voice has also weighed in.


              1. asiansupper RE: NicoleFriedman Mar 28, 2011 02:45 PM

                @MissNeedle - agreed. I think next time I'm in need of solo dining or something quick, I'd probably go there over Woo Ri Jip just because the seating situation is nicer.

                One of my friends noted that the Red Mango at Food Gallery is cheaper b/c it's by weight or something. Not sure of the details exactly as I'm not big on yogurt.

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