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AYCE Korean BBQ

Can you suggest a place to make reservations for at least 12 people for AYCE?
Park's is my go-to however it's a bit too expensive for this group.
I'm looking for a restaurant with a full bar, emphasis on the quality of meat (and lots of it) opposed to the side dishes.
A great ambience never hurts.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. Not too many Korean BBQ restaurants have a full bar. Out of the AYCE ones, Tahoe Galbi comes to mind, and should work well for a large group.

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    1. re: TailbackU

      Thanks for the response.

      I'm beginning to think a place like Park or Chosun might be the answer…even though they're not AYCE.

      1. re: latindancer

        Park's is always the answer when it comes to Korean BBQ.

    2. I can't think of any Korean BBQ AYCE place with a full bar.

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      1. Has anyone tried that new AYCE place in Pasadena on Colorado Blvd near the college?

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        1. re: orythedog

          Gaon. We tried it the day after New Year's Day - I completely forgot to write about it here. That might be saying something that I haven't thought about it at all since then.
          They asked quite a few people to share larger tables - I don't mind that, but some people might find that offputting. The meat quality was decent but not outstanding (not in the same league as Park's). Not a huge selection of banchan, but they did bring a nice vegetable pancake.
          The service was really lovely, actually. I just don't feel moved to return for the food.

          1. re: khh1138

            Thank you khh1138. Now I have no desire to try it. Just gonna head up the 110 to Parks like always.

        2. Please let us know when you find a decent KBBQ place with a full bar :D

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          1. re: blimpbinge

            i'd be surprised to discover any primarily AYCE place (regardless of cuisine) that had a full bar as that would be an intersection of two very different business models.

            1. re: barryc

              That's true, as I've learned.

              That's why we'll go to Park's.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  overpriced AYCE is not the same business model.

                  1. re: barryc

                    FdC is anything but overpriced.

                    If anything, it is in fact a relative bargain for AYCE.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      any place that's got a price point of brazilian BBQ is NOT using the same business model as other AYCE. there's little return in having a liquor license if you don't expect a lot of your profit there. and it makes little sense to expect to make a lot of profit on liquor when your target clientele are likely to ask for water. if you're too obstinate to accept that, fine. i've seen you make plenty of mistakes misunderstanding people's posts.

                      1. re: barryc

                        How does that make FdC overpriced?

                        Feel free to make personal attacks on me, it really doesn't matter, but I'm just really curious as to why you consider FdC overpriced.

                        Yes, the price is high, but that doesn't necessarily make it overpriced.

            2. Gen has a full bar. It is in OC, however.