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Koreatown for one?

Elizabeth E. Oct 21, 2013 01:14 PM

I find myself walking across 32nd Street regularly when arriving at Penn Station from D.C. Always busy, lots of restaurants. But my experience with Korean food is limited to barbecue -- good for groups, but are there other options for the solo diner?

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    plf515 Oct 22, 2013 04:43 AM

    I work near K-Town and eat in lots of the restaurants solo.

    It's true that tabletop cooking is better for groups, but there is lots more to Korean food than that! Lots of stews, pa jun, etc.

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      UES Mayor Oct 22, 2013 04:00 AM

      Most of the places are open 24/7 and most have breakfast and lunch specials-a very good deal! You will not feel odd dining alone-Many including myself dine alone-it is not unusual esp. in those restaurant. There are so many choices besides bbq!!!

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        wendyeats Oct 21, 2013 07:50 PM

        From what I've heard, E-Mo is really good. It's a tiny kimbap shop tucked away on 32nd, though it's only for takeout.

        As someone else mentioned, Woorijip is great and has many quick and cheap options (though maybe not restaurant quality). Also thirding Food Gallery 32.

        1. ipsedixit Oct 21, 2013 07:07 PM

          Angry Chicken

          Food Gallery 52 (as previously mentioned)

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            pravit Oct 21, 2013 07:01 PM

            You could also go to Woorijip and buy some food. They have a hot table with prepared entrees and various refrigerated stuff, and they sell beer and soju too. I always see tons of people sitting at the counters there eating by themselves.

            Gaonnuri has an awesome view, I'm glad they're still in business - I heard some ridiculous sky high figure for their lease, I have no idea how they make rent given what they charge for their food.

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              laurie0225 Oct 23, 2013 11:01 AM

              Woorjip ftw!

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              AubWah Oct 21, 2013 05:38 PM

              Try Food Gallery 32. Great for solo dining

              1. Silverjay Oct 21, 2013 01:51 PM

                I go for lunch solo there sometimes and hit up Cho Dang Gol or BCD Tofu House for the soondobu. I actually enjoy it because they will still bring you the banchan and your table quickly fills up with a little banquet in your honor- like kosmose's 4th photo...A friend has also recommended
                Arirang for noodle soups.

                1. kosmose7 Oct 21, 2013 01:46 PM

                  I am a Korean and I dine solo almost all the time. LOL
                  Try Gaonnuri. Food is in general a notch above the other K-Town places. (Just avoid cold noodles, or Naeng Myun in Korean, which is sub par)

                  They have some half portion appetizers (good to try various small dishes esp. when you dine solo), as well as lunch set menu/ course at relatively more reasonable prices than dinner. Its views are spectacular too.

                  Kathryn's suggestion of Cho Dang Gol is another good option. Pretty solid food there.

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                    kathryn Oct 21, 2013 01:25 PM

                    Cho Dang Gol for tofu stew? I've eaten there solo.

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