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Nov 16, 2012 07:11 PM

Han Shin Pocha

Does anyone know if this Murray Hill (Flushing) pojangmacha is still in business? Yelp is reporting that it closed, which would be a big shame, but I wonder if it is confusing it with the Los Angeles place of the same name.

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  1. im pretty sure its closed, i ate at hanjoo about a month and a half ago and drove by it and its something different now unless they changed the sign

    although honestly i was fairly disappointed when i tried that place a long time ago, i thought the food was pretty bad

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    1. re: Lau

      I haven't been in years. The last time was in about 2007 or 2008. It was quite good then, and a lot of fun, though if we're going to be totally forthcoming, believe it or not my friends and I were subject there to an anti-Semitic broadside by a couple of drunks, so the place was hardly without its problems. That's the price you pay for "authenticity" in these matters -- sometimes there's so much as to create a parochial environment, which can give expression to xenophobia. Anyway, it's a moot point now.

      Are there any operating pochas in Murray Hill?

      1. re: guanubian

        oh whoa, sorry to hear that...that sucks

        i thought it was a fun place, but i thought the food was whatever. its kind of like sik gaek, where i think its a fun place, but i dont think the food is great although i think the food is better at sik gaek than han shin

        let me ask my friend as to what a good pocha type place is in flushing / murray hill, she knows the food there better than me

        1. re: guanubian

          so my friend said:

          Gugongtan: my low key seafood grill type place (more similar to Han shin, but supposedly better)

          Zurong: similar to Pan in the city, said the food is pretty good

          1. re: Lau

            I thought Han Shin Pocha was also known as Goo Gong Tan.

            1. re: squid kun

              hmmm when i drove by it looked like a different place, but maybe they just redid the sign or something? (i haven't eaten at this new gugongtan if it is new)

              1. re: Lau

                If you look at the Korean on the signs of the two Yelp versions, they are identical. Gugangtan is not a new place.

            2. re: Lau

              Gugongtan is actually the real name of Han Shin Pocha, and the address given on Yelp is the same as HSP.

              Han Shin Pocha, I think, translates roughly to "eating and drinking place." Gugongtan is the actual name. Calling the place Han Shin Pocha is like referring to, say, Katz's, as "Deli."

              The wife and I hit up Gugongtan a few times and, yeah, it's a fun joint. We never mistook it for the best Korean food in the neighborhood but it's essentially a drinking place. The more you drink the less you care. Also, like much of that part of Murray Hill, it reminds us a whole lot of places we've been to in Seoul.


              1. re: Polecat

                Thanks for the clarification. I remember now the name "Goo Gong Tan" from long ago. I must have elided the two.