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Jul 30, 2013 11:26 AM

Northern Boulevard Flushing Koreatown

Up until about a week ago, my experience with Korean food was limited mostly to the Food Gallery 32 food court on 32nd street in Manhattan. After meals at Hahm Ji Bak, Geo Si Gi, and Hansol Nutrition Center, I have seen the light. The food out here is revelatory. A must visit for any NYC gourmand

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  1. That's exciting! There are many other good spots. I'd recommend you try Pado Sushi (for lunch). Their doenjun jjigae/mackerel combo is great and they have some strange, interesting banchan sometimes (photos:

    To Soc Chon, a relatively new spot that's a branch of the NJ restaurant, specializes in gamjatang and soon dae (photos:

    Arirang specializes in hand-pulled noodles - the chicken version is great. (photos:

    There's a new soondae specialist across from Murray Hill Plaza that I tried. Their menu is full of unintentionally hilarious mis-translations, but the soondae is good. The place is always crowded even though it just opened. I can't track down my pics but will look for them.

    There are lots of other spots, this is just a sample. Happy exploring.

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    1. re: Peter Cuce

      Thanks Peter I enjoyed looking through those Flickr photos. I'm on foot no car makes it tougher! There are whimsical things going on in this corner of the Big Apple.

      1. re: AubWah

        If you're ever up for Korean-Chinese, get on over to Chinese House (just around the corner from Ham Ji Bak, same block as Mapo BBQ) and order the ying yang combo of jajangmyun and jjambong. They're the only restaurant in town I know of that lets you combine the two in one order.

        Wet your whistle with an iced Misugaru @ Cafe Originale, just a few doors down from Hansol.

        We also just had some decent chik naengmyun @ Kum Sung in Murray Hill.

        Lots more but also fun to just explore that little Murray Hill area; there always seems to be a new place cropping up every time we're there, which is often


        1. re: Polecat

          I have yet to taste Misugaru that wasn't made from a mix and therefore sickly sweet. Is Cafe Originale's different?

          1. re: Peter Cuce

            It isn't sickly sweet tastes more of sesame.

            1. re: Polecat

              Had another revelatory lunch at Geo Si Gi. The kitchen performs near miracles, just wish they'd shake up the ban chan a bit

              1. re: AubWah

                That's their standard ban chan, but I find their dubujjim to be above average. Other types of restaurants will mix up the ban chan more. Check out the aforementioned Pado Sushi - they have some crazy things I've never seen and don't even know what they are. Don't be misled by the word sushi in the name - they have a standard roster of Korean food but specialize in fresh fish. I've only been for lunch.

          2. re: Polecat

            Right on!
            I am a Korean and I think Chinese House is one of very few good Korean-Chinese restaurants in NY.

        2. re: Peter Cuce

          Peter what are your feelings on Hansol Nutritions samgyetang?

          1. re: Peter Cuce

            fyi you know Arirang has a manhattan branch right? i wrote about it a long time ago when it first opened

            the chicken is good, but my fav is the anchovy. My gf's fav is the kimchi broth

            1. re: Lau

              Yes, but I haven't been. Strangely I hardly ever get to Manhattan K-town these days. I find myself in Flushing far more often. I haven't seen anyone mention their dough flakes (their translation), which are thick hunks of chewy noodle dough and can be ordered as an adjunct to a noodle soup or instead of the noodles. They're quite addictive texture wise.

              1. re: Peter Cuce

                Strangely enough, the Manhattan branch is the best.

                1. re: diprey11

                  Interesting. I'll have to try someday.

                2. re: Peter Cuce

                  su je bi = dough flakes

                  i dont like 95% of the korean places in manhattan bc they are total crap honestly, arirang is one of the only places i go to in manhattan ktown...its actually quite good

            2. Someone has already mentioned Geo Si Gi, and that is also one of my favorites in the area.

              Just off Northern Boulevard at the Broadway LIRR station is Tong Sam Gyup Goo Yi, which is kind of amazing.

              In the Murray Hill LIRR area is Geum Sung, and right on the boulevard are Picnic Garden BBQ and My Mom's Take Out, both of which are always fun even if not the ultra-best food.

              Will be trying Soc Chon soon.

              1. I agree with Peter that Pado sushi is awesome but only for lunch. I went there for dinner once and they do not give nearly as much panchan and the prices for dinner doubles. Lunch, however, is a different matter. The amount and variety of panchan that is serve is a bit obscene. My favorite dish is one off the lunch menu--don't know the name--basically a bibimpbab but with raw fish rather than cooked meat or egg. Lots of raw garlic and lettuce. Thinking about it is making my mouth water.

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                1. re: mielimato

                  I think you're thinking of hwedubbap. How do you think theirs compares with others?

                  1. re: mookleknuck

                    Yes, thank you! Based entirely on quality of ingredients, I think Pado is good, not great. But they make up for it in terms of the sear quantity and variety of panchan, all of which are quiet good. At times, I have even been offer sushi as part of the panchan. I honestly don't understand how they can turn a profit at lunch.