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latindancer Jan 16, 2014 08:33 AM

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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    cdub Jan 27, 2014 08:38 AM

    manna in little tokyo has a full bar.

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      ns1 Jan 27, 2014 09:19 AM

      Friends don't let friends go to manna.

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        cdub Jan 27, 2014 01:07 PM

        if you haven't been to the one in little tokyo, you may be surprised. it's still an ayce but a big upgrade from when they were on olympic.

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          ns1 Jan 27, 2014 01:12 PM

          that's not saying much. LOL

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            cdub Jan 27, 2014 01:24 PM

            easy to disregard without seeing their new operations. i know i did. i was very surprised after seeing how much it had improved.

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              ns1 Jan 27, 2014 01:35 PM

              a fair enough point, but with so many options in this town...

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      maiweezy Jan 18, 2014 10:25 AM

      I've been really impressed by Don Day. High quality meat selection and $17 - $25 dollar options. I had the $17 and was very satisfied! And the $25 includes really nice cuts of duck and kobe and rib eye steak. It's a smaller place so I don't know if they could seat 12 at 1 table but you'd be next to each other. No full bar.

      Just don't order the wine marinated meat. Gross.

      1. TonyC Jan 17, 2014 12:49 PM

        Star King is all the rage right now cuz of the massive t-bone, but really, would you trust that K-pop looking kid with a steak? I wouldn't. So, I stick with:

        OO-Kook. $25ish, + soju/beer. 12-top is no problem, just give them a call.

        No full bar, but if you insist on a moscow mule with Korean BBQ, "you're doing it wrong."

        PS: the Gen in Alhambra is a sugar doused monstrocity. OC can keep its Gen.

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          jdwdeville Jan 17, 2014 02:05 PM

          I did Oo-Kook recently, as a send-off to meat before a month of semi-forced vegetarianism. I thought is was quite good, once you weighed all the factors… nice amount of "kobe" selections, and the multiple free bottles of soju didn't hurt my memory of the night, either.

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            khh1138 Jan 18, 2014 01:51 AM

            We just tried Oo-Kook, and found the meat a lot better than most of the other AYCE places we've tried. I really liked their #4 "Intercostal." I also really liked the idea of the salad bar where you can help yourself to some items - I usually run out of beansprouts and chilisauces so this place kept me happy.

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              jdwdeville Jan 19, 2014 11:17 AM

              Wow- I totally missed the salad bar. Must've been too consumed by my protein frenzy.

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                ns1 Jan 26, 2014 09:41 PM

                went to oo kook this weekend. no salad bar to be found, at least not on the bottom floor. meat quality excellent, marinated short rib + duck were particular standouts. not a giant banchan selection but tasty enough for sure.

                $25pp, $7/hite

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                  khh1138 Feb 3, 2014 12:09 AM

                  The salad/toppings bar might only be in their new location, on Rosemead Blvd. in San Gabriel. Sorry I forgot to mention that's the one we went to.

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              mbloes Jan 17, 2014 12:39 PM

              My go-to place:

              Hae Jang Chon
              3821 West 6th Street
              Los Angeles, California 90020
              (213) 389-8777

              Look for the smiling pig sign. They have beer but no full bar. But its a big room so they should be able to accommodate a big party.

              1. j
                jaykayen Jan 16, 2014 09:01 PM

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

                1. blimpbinge Jan 16, 2014 11:27 AM

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

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                    barryc Jan 16, 2014 02:37 PM

                    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.

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                      latindancer Jan 16, 2014 05:42 PM

                      That's true, as I've learned.

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

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                        ipsedixit Jan 16, 2014 06:10 PM

                        Fogo de Chao.

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                          barryc Jan 16, 2014 06:42 PM

                          overpriced AYCE is not the same business model.

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                            ipsedixit Jan 16, 2014 07:15 PM

                            FdC is anything but overpriced.

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

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                              barryc Jan 20, 2014 06:47 PM

                              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.

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                                ipsedixit Jan 20, 2014 06:50 PM

                                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. orythedog Jan 16, 2014 11:13 AM

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

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                        khh1138 Jan 18, 2014 01:47 AM

                        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.

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                          orythedog Jan 20, 2014 11:06 AM

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

                      2. ipsedixit Jan 16, 2014 10:49 AM

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

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                          latindancer Jan 16, 2014 01:05 PM

                          I think it's my wish.

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                          TailbackU Jan 16, 2014 08:38 AM

                          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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                            latindancer Jan 16, 2014 10:28 AM

                            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.

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                              TailbackU Jan 16, 2014 10:43 AM

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

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