little tokyo and korea town
I know they are both very different places. But i have lived in LA my whole life and have never been to either. Wanting to go to one this weekend. Looking for good restaurants in either, eat pretty much everything. So what are the best three places in each maybe? Open to all suggestions though! Could not find a recent thread on either one!!!
Another popular place would be Kang Hodong Baekjong on 6th Street, serving up combo platters of beef or pork for bbq-ing.
I'd also recommend Jae Bu Do on Western Ave for the seafood variation of Korean BBQ.
Another popular place is Wassada on Western Ave for Korean sashimi/live seafood. That is, if you don't mind watching the prawn heads, lobster heads and diced up baby octopi still moving about as you try to eat them...
Baekjong is great for BBQ, but I only get their pork combo there. Why? Because they have the best pork neck/jowl ever.
He also opened up a new gopchang BBQ restaurant down the street called Aghassi. This place is good cuz the vents actually come all the way down (like in Korea), so you won't smell as much.
Is Jae Bu Do still good? I first went back in 2009 and been back a few times, but it's been a couple years since I've gone back. Seafood was pretty fresh when I went, but I've heard mixed reviews since.
Can't speak for Koreatown, except for Park's BBQ.
For Little Tokyo, assuming you want Japanese food:
Ramen: Tokushima Menoh
Udon & Tempura: Marugame Monzo
Shabu Shabu: Kagaya
Izakaya: Aburiya Toranoko
Sushi: Sushi Gen
Down home: Aoi or Suyehiro
Imagawayaki at Mitsuru Grill, a Japanese pancake with sweet red bean filler.
You might also try:
Cronuts at Francis Bakery, among other things
Mochi ice cream = ice cream wrapped by mochi skin? If so, I like the Maeda-en (sp?) brand that I get from Nijiya....
BTW, thanks, nelehelen, for the extensive K-town list! Do you like Yu Chun better tha Chilbo Myunok? Never been to the former, love the cold noodles and hot broth (served as a drink) at the latter.... And the stern Korean mothers masquerading as waitresses.... ;)
K-BBQ (note: everything listed are NON-AYCE)
2. Baekjong (no RSVP, so you have to wait)
3. Dong Il Jang (best kimchi fried rice after)
3. Chosun (it's pricey, but their meats are always great)
Korean Bar Food
1. Dan Sung Sa (it got so busy after it came out on No Reservations, but food is always been so good)
2. Dwit Gol Mok (food is just as good as DSS)
Other Korean Restaurants (not KBBQ)
1. Chunju Han Il Kwan
2. Ham Ji Park (this is a bbq spot too, but they are known for their bbq pork spare ribs & pork neck stew)
3. Han Bat Sul Long Tang or Yong Dong Sul Long Tang
4. Yu Chun (for cold noodles)
5. Kobawoo (boiled pork & kimchi)
The list goes on and on, but I'll stop here. Hope this helps!
YongSuSan is okay... it's definitely got a go-to place for regulars because it's pricey and the food is more for celebratory times (i.e., birthdays, etc.). The food is upscale food that is served in same style as when they used to serve kings and royal court back in the olden days. The food is good, but sometimes it's a hit or miss.
If you haven't been, I suggest you try once for the experience. You'll probably like some dishes more than others, but they do give you a lot so keep that in mind when you pick your course.
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there's one on western in between 6th and 5th street, but i totally forgot the name. my bff swears by this place.
ma dang gook soo (their kimchi is also well-known)
black goat stew:
mirak (their fried rice is really good after the stew)
soon doo boo:
so kong dong
braised short ribs:
seung book dong (this place has gotten VERY popular so there is always a wait and prices are up, but their short ribs & braised mackerel is still one of the best in the city)
ok, that's all i can think of for now... :)