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Mar 25, 2011 11:11 AM

Best Korean - Any Borough

Wondering if anyone has any recommendations for excellent Korean restaurants. After spending time in Seoul last year I am craving naeng myun, janshi guksu and kal guksu. Do I just go to K-town in Manhattan or is there an outer borough gem that I shouldn't miss?

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  1. Good options in Ktown but probably even more variety and selection in Flushing and eastward outthe Northern Blvd corridor. Search outer borough board for specific types of Korean food you are craving...seollong tang? BBQ? Seafood? Porridge? lots of posts...


    1. Flushing and Bay Side all the way. K-Town in the city is nothing by comparison.

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      1. re: JFores

        I would make an exception for Arirang on 32nd St :-)
        They are a specialist shop with only a dozen items on the menu, but they do them very well.
        Their kalguksu is fabulous. Well, this really belongs to the Manhattan board, sorry.

        1. re: diprey11

          And there's the original Arirang on Northern Blvd.

          137-38 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

          1. re: squid kun

            Not sure about the Manhattan Arirang, but the one in Flushing makes a fantastic samgyetang. I think it's one of the best dishes in Flushing.

            Another favorite is the bibim naeng myun at Chung Moo Rollrice and Dongas:

            137-38 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

            Chung Moo Rollrice & Dongas
            39-04 Union St, Queens, NY 11354

      2. It's tricky searching for Korean restaurants partially because romanization is all over the place. I wish I knew more about Korean food in Queens. The poster below is correct though - Arirang in Manhattan does good kalguksu and is definitely worth a visit. If you're ever interested in soondooboo before the weather warms up more, Natural Tofu in Sunnyside is best I've found in NYC.

        As for naengmyun - I feel like I've seen a Yuchun (or Yuchon?) branch somewhere in Queens but I'm not sure. I don't care for Korean noodles in general so I couldn't comment.

        156-03 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

        Natural Tofu
        40-06 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

        1. Have you seen Chris Hansen (Serious Eats) recent reviews of Korean places in Flushing and Bayside? I won't link out from this post, lest I draw the Chowhound moderators' ire, but he's it's well worth reading his reviews of Korean places that seem quite authentic and off-the-beaten path.

          Another alternative: head way east on Northern Blvd. from Flushing Chinatown (e.g., near the Murray Hill stop on the LIRR) and browse among the many authentic looking restaurants that line Northern Blvd. for block after block.

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