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Picnic Garden Korean BBQ Buffet - Fort Lee

michele cindy Dec 1, 2011 05:48 AM

I just noticed on Rt 9 in Fort Lee, next to the Bally's gym a sign for Picnic Garden Korean Buffet. Here's an older thread on the Edison location. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/735088

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  1. michele cindy RE: michele cindy Jan 27, 2012 09:16 AM

    I saw that Picni is now open. Curious if anyone has gone yet.

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      Duppie RE: michele cindy Jan 27, 2012 09:32 AM

      I for one would be interested in seeing if the Fort Lee location will suffer from the same issues that seem to persist at the Edison branch. Under seasoned meat cuts,potential cross contamination,inadequate utensils,lapses in service being the most glaring.I've eaten there now 3 times with varying degrees of satisfaction but have decided it a better value to simply dine at the excellent Tofu House just a few steps away.

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        yogi70 RE: Duppie Jun 2, 2014 06:38 PM

        saw this place today after leaving my doctor's office next door. all you can eat korean bbq buffet? sounds interesting. any feedback would be great!

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          fourunder RE: yogi70 Jun 2, 2014 07:07 PM

          I've been a few times over the past couple of years....a couple times for dinner and lunch on weekdays only. I've heard from family and friends the Weekend are far superior in offerings on Weekends for Dinner Service.

          I'm no Korean expert, but the quality seems to have diminishes a bit over time in the number of offerings, especially at my most recent lunch, which was months ago. You certainly can get your fill on beef, pork and chicken...but the seafood offering is weak, for other than Squid.. The Kimchi is fair.

          I suggest if you go, give the weekend dinner a shot to have more options....or a lunch to see if cooking the food on your table is acceptable, as I find it to be a minimalist approach(understandably) to save food costs.

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            yogi70 RE: fourunder Jun 3, 2014 10:22 AM

            thanks again fourunder! we check this place out soon and report back

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              joonjoon RE: fourunder Jun 3, 2014 12:53 PM

              The selection definitely varies based on time and price. The best part of picnic garden is that you can pick your own galbi. If you pick around you can find some pieces with INCREDIBLE marbling.

              I cook it on one side to get it crispy and charred on one side and keep the other side raw. One of the best things you'll ever put in your mouth.

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                yogi70 RE: joonjoon Jun 3, 2014 06:13 PM

                would you guys say this would be fun for a laid back birthday dinner?

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                  joonjoon RE: yogi70 Jun 3, 2014 09:09 PM

                  IMO it's a great birthday spot - easy to divvy up the tab (if splitting tab), everyone gets to eat their fill, relatively inexpensive compared to other restaurants where you end up ordering app/entree/dessert separately.

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                    yogi70 RE: joonjoon Jun 6, 2014 06:55 PM

                    i experienced meat sweats for the 1st time in my life. not sure if thats a good thing lol.

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        ebchower RE: michele cindy Jun 3, 2014 10:31 AM

        Has anyone tried Poong Lim BBQ on Lemoine Ave? I've passed it a number of times and was curious.

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