Korean in Koreatown
My husband and I have lived in the city 3 years, and have yet to try Korean food. That changes tonight!
We have heard that Cho Dang Gol is good, but having read your past posts, it's only so-so.
We have never had Korean, and would like to go somewhere that is a good place for Korean Food newbies.
Cho Dang Gol
55 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001
Honestly, most are about the same. There are a few restaurants that specialize in certain dishes, but for the most part they offer the same menu and in terms of quality are more or less similar. That said, I would I suggest Shilla, Han Bat, BCD Tofu House, and Kunjip. Lately, I've been going to BCD Tofu and Kunjip.
9 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
37 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
53 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001
BCD Tofu House
17 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
Okay, given that you don't have any allergies or food restrictions or preferences, any of the places I mention should do. I suggest you order or try some of the following to get an idea of Korean food. These are some of the stuff I order when I eat out with non-Korean friends who've never had Korean food.
kimchee gigae or soondobu gigae
bulgogi or kalbi
Hope this helps and enjoy!
I think kimchi jigae is something reserved for a more seasoned Korean food eater. Many newbies I know aren't too fond of eating sour pickled veggies in a softened soupy state. But all of your other recs are spot on.
Another one that's generally a crowd fave -- japchae -- seasoned vermicelli noodles with meat, seafood and veggies.
One other note that I remember from clicking on some menus - the division of Korean restaurant menus tends to not follow western norms. For instance "appetizers" are sometimes pretty darn large dishes.
Price can be a little bit of a clue, but not always.