Sik Gaek

  • Restaurants
  • Dinner
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K-pop blasts through the speakers as crowds chow down on family-style plates at this wood-clad Korean restaurant. You can find standard dishes—including barbecued meats marinated in a spicy house sauce and a panfried seafood pancake—but the joint's known for its raw plates. Adventurous eaters should try the gochujang oysters or hot pot, a fiery broth packed with still-squirming octopus, lobster, clam and shrimp. Hand-torched tables and walls lined with dollar bills add some spunk to the 1970s aesthetic.

Venue name: Sik Gaek
Address: 161-29 Crocheron Ave
Cross street: at 162nd and 163rd Sts
Opening hours: Tue-Thu, Sun 4pm-1am; Fri, Sat 4pm-2am
Transport: Subway: 7 to Flushing–Main St
Price: Average entrée: $35. Disc, MC, V.
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