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Feb 2, 2012 11:25 AM

Korean BBQ: Shilla, Don's Bogam or Miss Korea

Hi, I'm craving Korean BBQ and want to try one of these 3. I've been to all the oldies as well as Madangsui and want something new.

I couldn't find much solid feedback on any of these, so I'm opening it up to the boards. Comments on any of these? I'm mostly interested in the quality of the cuts of meat and the variety/quality of the banchan.

Thanks for any feedback!

37 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Miss Korea
10 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Don's Bogam
17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

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  1. I think they are basically all the same. Don's bogam probably has slightly different atmosphere and menu. If I had to pick, i'd pick Don's bogam.

    Don's Bogam
    17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

    1. having enjoyed Don's Bogam a few times in the past, I chose it as an introduction to Korean barbecue for some friends the other night. while the atmosphere is leagues above most other restaurants in K Town, I'll never return. frustrating service, dumbed down barbecue, and rude staff made for an embarrassing evening. so long, Don's. we'll stick with Shilla.

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      1. re: coasts

        I'm a bit surprised. What kind of BBQ did you order?

        1. re: Pan

          started with ssamgyeupsal, then two orders of kalbi, and a dish from the kitchen - dak kalbi. we were four people and were given four pieces of lettuce with our initial order. we asked for more as the pork belly was grilling and were told we'd have to wait until we finished what they brought us first. that alone is absurd and reason not to return.

          1. re: coasts

            Yeah, that's crazy. They're worried about spending too much money on lettuce? Ridiculous.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          to be clear, OPs request is from nearly three years ago. i commented here on my recent visit to Don's Bogam rather than starting a new post.

          1. re: coasts

            Yikes. My bad.

            Carry on. Nothing to see here.

        2. So we did go to Don's Bogam. We actually had quite good service and got 3 refills of lettuce without any hesitation from the waitstaff, although we used up our lettuce each time, and I do think they gave us too few leaves the first 3 times. The meat was good, especially the chili-marinated galbi. The regular marinated galbi was tasty, but some pieces were a little chewy from gristle and fat, and it was cooked a bit longer than the chili-marinated galbi, which was cooked perfectly (our main waiter did the cooking for us, which somewhat surprised me but was obviously a fine thing). Most of the banchan was good - I found the burdock root and the eggplant best. The only banchan selection I found really disappointing, surprisingly, was the kimchi, which I found a little one-note salty and had an off taste to me. My girlfriend loved the cucumber kimchi, but I found that saltier than I preferred. Other sides were a delicate tofu dish with a subtle sauce, bean sprouts, broccoli rabe and the horseradish-infused daikon slices that come with BBQ (we were also provided with the scallions that come with BBQ and got strips of hot pepper by request). The banchan dishes were replaced twice by request.

          Overall, we had a pleasant experience once more, and while my girlfriend was more impressed than I was and I felt like the banchan had decreased in quality or perhaps even more so in interestingness somewhat on this visit, relative to other visits (I missed the fishcake strips, for example), I felt like the restaurant operated well and efficiently, the service was generally friendly and helpful, and the food was up to par. So we were both satisfied.

          By the way, I passed Baekjong, which is on the corner of 32nd and 5th, and it was truly insane tonight. We'll have to go on a different day.

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          1. re: Pan

            so glad you had a better experience than i did. maybe the poor service was limited to the waiter we had that night. regardless, seems they could benefit from being a bit more generous.

            Most places rotate their banchan offerings, so it's not to say you won't be served the fishcakes next time.

            1. re: coasts

              Yes, I'm well aware of the rotation of banchan. Perhaps next time, I'll miss the eggplant or the burdock root. :-)

              The only person who had an arguably sour expression was the woman who showed us to our table, and even that was arguable. I think there were 3 different waitstaff members who worked with us, and all of them were friendly and helpful.

              They definitely should provide more lettuce per portion, but I feel like I have nothing at all to complain about in regard to the smallish banchan portions, since they were fine with giving us 2 refills by request.