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Jan 26, 2014 10:29 AM

Korean on Broadway in Williamsburg

(this is an abbreviated post from my blog page:

Dorory, 353 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, between Rodney and Keap, was a surprise, as I walked down this stretch of Broadway, and unfortunately, had already eaten.

It stands out as a nice cafe looking front exterior, along the row of bars that first includes a Dominican establishment, with Trophy Bar on the other side, with a Hooka Bar wedged between. Just beyond the Trophy is Dotory.

They opened on Christmas Day, just a month ago, for now, making the 25th of December, yet another birthday.

Now, I am not confined to the Dominican place down the street, when I am in the area, and desire to fill my belly. The menu has noodles, all health conscious, and sound appetizing indeed.

The kimchi is homemade, and this is very interesting, as it takes a process, to make.

Some really inventive sandwiches, an import concept for Korean cuisine, and I would have to say, the Korean signature are on most if not all of them. (see menu:


I was intent on having a can, or two, of Hite, a Korean brand that is not found in the US, as much as one sees O.B marketed. It was my favored Korean beer, in Korea, and elsewhere.

The place at night is a very comfortable atmosphere, and I found people enjoying themselves, eating creative variations of traditional dishes such as Bibimbop.

Of course this is not the Korean barbecue, in Jackson Heights or 33rd Street. The rice mix used in the Bibimbop itself is a mix of "sushi rice, black jasmine rice, quinoa and millet"-menu.

Dining with a friend at Kickshaw, in Astoria, I was unable to touch the bibimbop, that was collected with the shared items we had ordered, from a kitchen with a Korean chef. Kickshaw uses white rice.

The atmosphere I had entered simply beckoned for a few enjoyable cans of Hite, as most guests were groups of people, leaving the row of stools along the window that peers out to Broadway, empty.

The seating by the window, extents with a shelve, along some of the wall, where above hangs some interesting art, both original modern, and local, as well as more traditional and decorative pieces. I did not ask, but there seemed to be a show for one artist there, as the pieces by one artist, are present on other walls. The ambiance functions nicely as a gallery space.

The Hite was certainly enjoyable, and word had reached the kitchen my simply taking beer, so complimentary snacks were brought out for me. These consisted of some seaweed snack, cashews with a dusting of red pepper, and the favored dry peas, with serious wasabi coating.

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  1. The owner is an artist. Most likely the pieces you have seen are hers.

    I do really enjoy her kimchi. Housemade, there's a bit of tang but not too sour-funky. It's a difficult location. I really hope word gets out and people discover Dotory.

    8 Replies
    1. re: Miss Needle

      The location is the plus, in my perspective. But then again, that is me, trained in anthropology, and of course, this area is like Dumbo, circa 1979, or northern Williamsburgh, circa 1980.

      It should be a definate destination for its ambiance alone. Whether for socializing, long sits with coffee, etc in day time. Beats the cafe, just blocks down, just under the Marcy Train exit.

      And the coffee is cheaper, with dollar refills.

      1. re: jonkyo

        And we all know that all coffee is equal, with price being the only determining factor. If you're talking about Skytown, that is a wonderful neighborhood resource.

        1. re: Peter Cuce

          Not Skytown.

          I see the name often but it never became lodged in my mnemonic apparati.

          Anyway, to use the hiphop phrase, I would dislike to diss them.

          Taste is certainly one thing, but exclusivity is something we acquired from the feudal lords, kings, and the like, when food of the peasant's diet was just as cherishable.

          So, we can have the coffee that the Rudyard Kipling household in India had, as well as what the locals drank, finding great taste in both, as well as so so to bad.

          Stumptown is overrated, as are many of these recent roasters.

          I love Carib and others, but know what you will say.

          Ambiance, can be everything at the end of the day, as long as one gets the caffeine needed, well for me. Maybe I have a sensitive taste bud, and that explains my likes in this market of coffee

          I shall look for sky coffee place, thanks for the tip

          1. re: Peter Cuce

            All coffee being equal? Interesting.

            Why do I prefer an espresso from a plastic cup for under $1 at Roma Termini to anything I can get at a fancy NY establishment? Is it me, or is something wrong with the world?

            1. re: diprey11

              I think that supporting the petrochemical industry, with just that tiny cup, once, twice, or every day of the week, is commendable, indeed.

              I prefer earthen ware or Syracuse China, and glass cups be it Corning made or low wage labor derived more inexpensive cups from department stores, 99 cent shops, etc.

              All joking aside, and all sarcasm aside, we are diverting from the thread topic here.

              None the less, I do not go to Oran's, but since 2003, have purchased from D'Amico in Brooklyn near my where I used to live. This is their 66th year roasting coffee.

                1. re: diprey11

                  "my where I used to live."

                  my English never fails to be perfect.