Kang Hodong Baekjeong - New Korean in Flushing/Murray Hill
Went to this new place in Flushing/Murray Hill a couple of weekends ago. The story behind the place is that it is a chain started in Korea by a former wrestler turned comedian with a history of tax evasion. They have one in LA too and they recently just came to NYC. Seems to be pretty popular already. It’s not your typical bbq restaurant. They serve bbq but without all the banchan. You sit down to a pre-set table with just some strongly fermented kimchee, a small pumpkin pancake and some daikon radish. Everyone gets their own soy dipping sauce with some wasabi to mix in. The emphasis is on the meat and the quality was excellent. Instead of the usual lettuce leave, you get bowls of cut up lettuce or a bowl of shaved scallions to eat your meat with. A bit of a unique table setup (gas burners) with a fancy exhaust system with a total modern/hip vibe/decor. Waitress does the cooking for you and I have to say our server was absolutely top notch. We had one Korean speaker in the group so that helped, but she truly was gracious and welcoming. She told us about some off the menu Kobe/Waygu (whatever you want to call it) cuts and pork neck that is also available that I will have to try next time. You can also order kimchee jigae or tofu jigae, which I would rate acceptable. One unique item was a bowl of what I would describe as clear kimchee/pickle juice with ice in it. I was nursing a wicked hangover and I pretty much ate/drank the whole thing myself and loved it. If you are going expecting a typical Korean bbq restaurant, I think you will be disappointed. If you are looking for something slightly different with an emphasis on quality meats, you might enjoy the place.