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May 13, 2012 02:18 PM

Mogo Korean Tacos Asbury Park

This place finally opened this weekend on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. I went there with my girlfriend today and tried a beef, a pork, and a chicken taco with the hot sauce and kim chee on the side. I have to say that the pork taco was amazing and the chicken was a close second. The beef (bulgogi) was just ok but not bad. I was very excited about this place opening up since it was such a unique idea I had not had before. Will definitely be going back at some point. FYI tacos are $4 each with a 3 for $9 deal.

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  1. I tried the same Saturday. Had the sauce and kimchi on all. I thought the pork and chicken were the best. I would definitely go again. They do need to put some signage as to where to order even though the register is all the way to the right. Everyone was very confused.

    1. This place is freakin' awesome, simply put. Simple menu, $4 tacos that are super tasty, especially at 2AM. Had the chicken and pork taco with kimchi. So good. And so happy this place is now a part of Asbury Park's eclectic food culture. We are definitely the epicenter of food, music, art, and more. MOGO is more proof of that assessment.

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      1. re: jasont12

        Asbury Park as an epicenter of food? How does it stand with food that costs more than $4? This is a serious question. I've been to many of the restaurants, and haven't really been blown away by the food.

        1. re: jasont12

          Not to be a party pooper but I can't think of any definition of food by which Asbury Park would qualify as an "epicenter" of. It's a cool town and my preferred hang out spot, but the only places in AP worth visiting (for food) IMO are Bond St. and Cotija, and mostly for cost reasons. (Islander II and Haitian restaurant are great too but not exactly cheap for what they are.) Everything else is pretty mediocre or overpriced. With Plan B gone, the only "upscale" restaurant worth visiting is Moonstruck - and that place is so old and tired now, for me anyway. The best pub food (other than Bond) IMO is actually right outside AP at Clancy's.

          There really isn't a single "destination" restaurant in AP, for now anyway.

          1. re: joonjoon

            I think Taka is a terrific restaurant and a 'destination' spot. The food is well-priced and delicious, the service and environment very welcoming.

            Breakfast at Frank's remains outstanding. And the pork taco I had at Mogo was delicious.....

            1. re: joonjoon

              Porta, while not a fine dining destination nor cheap, has become my go-to place in Asbury. Great pizza and pastas in a style not typically found in the area.

              1. re: jsfein

                Since I was in Ocean Grove for the antique flea-market today, I decided to stroll over to Asbury Park and try Mogo. Had one pork taco. It was good, but didn't blow me away. When I ordered, there was no line. Thought about getting a second taco, but by then there was a line! So I strolled down the boardwalk to the bright pink Crepe Place and had a modified "Elvis Presley" crepe - with nutella, banana, and peanut butter sauce. Very satisfying, though they should consider adding bacon, and I'm sure Elvis would agree. :)

                Then stopped in at Day's Ice Cream (new location on the boardwalk, opened 2 weeks ago), and had a sundae with Mission Fig, Malted Coffee Stout, and Salted Caramel ice cream, topped with peanut butter sauce. All very good, but that salted caramel is a standout! So good, I got a "small" cone to go. Very generous serving for a small cone! Yeah, I kind of overdid it, but it was worth it!

                1. re: jsfein

                  Love Portas! Very good pizza in a relaxed will see everyone....families, couples, singles...great place!

            2. +1 for Taka as THE reason to drive to AP for dinner! And I live in NNJ. :-)

              Not to hijack the thread, but Day's has been a staple in Ocean Grove (next town from AP) for years--they're serving Double Rainbow ice cream from San Francisco. And it is some SERIOUSLY good ice cream, imo!

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              1. re: Curlz

                The two places I eat at most in AP are Taka and At The Table. The Sunday brunch at At The Table is worth driving from NYC to eat. I must admit that I have yet to try the Korean tacos, but I will soon.

                1. re: Curlz

                  Sorry to inform you that Day's no longer caries Double Rainbow ice cream. But, they now carry SoCo which is made in Mass. and is suppose to be another seriously good ice...

                  1. re: CatLadyJan

                    Whoa. That's big news, imo! I wonder why; it was excellent!

                    1. re: Curlz

                      Yes - but they were constantly being starved (no pun intended) of product. The left coast ice cream company could not deliver the goods on a consistent basis ....

                      1. re: CatLadyJan

                        I just had my first Mogo Korean taco with kimchi and sauce- I thought it was really delicious. I love the SoCo ice cream at Days- great hazelnut, whipping cream, fig, and salted caramel. Korean taco + SoCo = a perfect meal for me.

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    "And so happy this place is now a part of Asbury Park's eclectic food culture. We are definitely the epicenter of food, music, art, and more. MOGO is more proof of that assessment."

                    HAHA, this was the best quote I have read in a long time! They may have a few "unique" restaurants but Asbury is the epicenter of gang activity, drugs and real estate failures. A decade ago things were looking good but then the bottom fell out of the housing market. None of the promised shore renovations were made after the crash and they failed to clean up the poverty and gang violence. Sorry man, this town is slightly better but still a train wreck.

                    I try to stay out of that town but I may venture in to try some of these tasty tacos. Thanks for the heads up WUJamie : )

                    1. re: corvette johnny

                      At least they were able to demolish that unsightly old vacant steel girder skeleton from across the boardwalk and erect a new one... :-P

                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        I find that surreal. I remember being denied a look at the model for the "Esparanza" because I didn't have an appointment. And by model, I mean a miniature of the proposed building.
                        It's too bad that AP shot for the high priced condo market rather than trying to build a solid community.

                  2. MOGO is still going strong and seems to be settling into their Cookman Ave brick and mortar location in addition to the seasonal stand on the boardwalk. After seeing numerous posts about Korean Fried chicken on their facebook page, I finally took the wife down there for a late dinner. I'm impressed.

                    I'm not any sort of expert on Korean food, and they seem to have a love it or hate it sort of vibe here. I'm in the love it category.

                    Its a BYOB place, pretty open and scarcely decorated, a weird mural on the wall, trying to go with the new and cool vibe I guess.

                    I got my normal Bulgogi Tacos with the "Asian Pico de Gallo" which were awesome and packed full as usual. There is no way to eat one of them without making a mess (as I did).

                    Kimchi Fried Rice (was good, but I have nothing to compare it to, a little extra salt and pepper would have helped bring out more flavor I think, and maybe a tad expensive at $3 for the rice alone).

                    But the "Korean Fried Chicken" was really good. Its chicken Wings. They have a really nice and crispy tempura type of batter on them, and I opted for the soy ginger glaze which was delicious. Served with a side of lightly pickled vegetables which only add to the enjoyment. As I sat there, I just about ate the bones, making sure every last bit was picked off and licking my fingers. I told my wife "You know.. I don't like wings, but I need about 40 more of these to go".. she responded with.. "Maybe its time to stop saying you don't like wings"....

                    They have tiny soda cups, but free refills which is always nice. Its a comfortable cool atmosphere, you can bring beers, and I really like the food.

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                    1. re: coldsolderjoint

                      I'm happy for Mogo...but I still prefer Mexican tacos. :)