Birthday party (dol) in Koreatown
I am a chinese mom, tasked with throwing my daughter a traditional korean first birthday party called a dol. We live in the Bay Area but are from LA, and most of our family is there, so we'll be traveling in for a weekend to throw the party. I need help with a venue for the event.
Does anyone know of any interesting koreatown locations that have a patio or some other space we could do the party in? Someplace modern or beautiful would be amazing. I thought Beer Belly would be fun, but it's not big enough for us to throw a party there. I'd like to make this event a little funky and fun -- I'm trying not to go the typical banquet room, fancy dol.
We are on a budget
We like to eat
The party will be a Sunday afternoon in late April
Food doesn't have to be korean per se, but it should make sense for a korean/chinese/american event (ie, oaxacan would really bake my mother in law's gourd)
Our k-town haunts were Han Bat, Soot, Beverly Soon Tofu, Shik do Rak, etc. -- none of which are kid & party friendly.
Thanks so much for your help, I'm at my wits end.
Hey there. We threw the dol at Cafe Sanjang. The space was lovely, and the food was decent enough, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it. When we arrived to set up, there was only one waitress on staff for the entire place, and she had no idea that we had a party planned -- despite the fact that I had called weeks prior to plan the event and order all of the food. Then she told me they had a "no children after 6:00 policy" or something of the sort. My family had to serve all of the food and beverages and take orders since the waitress was too overwhelmed to be able to serve us and the rest of the restaurant. The owner showed up just in time to present us with a bill that they had tacked a 20% gratuity onto -- despite the fact that we did everything except for cook the food. It was kind of a nightmare
I just had another baby and will need to do this all over again for his birthday. Let me know if you find someplace good!
If Beer Belly is too small, why not Biergarten? They're totally toddler friendly, but they will forcibly take the beer away from a 3rd tri preggos.
Beyond that, the other choice is Yellow House or Cafe Sanjang, but both suffer from massive smoke clouds with Sanjang serving food that's only a bit better than Yellow House, which is to say: both have mediocre Korean bar food.
We're in the same boat, and I refuse to pay for/eat Chinese/Korean dol food. Everyone's being sent to a dimsum house's banquet room.
Thanks, these are all great options. I was hoping to find someplace a little unexpected and unique. I actually wanted to throw it in the patio at Ogamdo, but they are now closed. The Prince would be fun if it was more child appropriate. But anywhere with character would be terrific.
842 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Can you do Orange county? I recently went to a dol at Little Prince in Fullerton. There is a playroom for all the kids to play while the adults can sit, eat, and mingle in the restaurant area. The food was really good, it was basically catered Korean food but really delicious! If you can't do OC, then I'm sure there are places similar to this in LA are. Yelp it for more info!
Second Younsusan, but this may be more traditional and expensive than what you're looking for. The Dragon has private rooms and is popular for its Chinese/Korean food.
MaDang 621 is somewhat fancy with an outdoor area and easy parking, and the food was good when we ate there in December. But for what it's worth, the reviews on Yelp are all over the board, and you might want to have a local friend check it out first.
I don't want to dissuade you, but think you might have a hard time finding something that fits the bill for fun with good food, and that satisfies the importance associated with the first birthday party in Korean culture.