On first glance, the Manhattan outpost of the popular namesake chainlet from larger-than-life Korean personality Kang Ho Dong, professional wrestler turned comedian, looks like utter chaos. Despite the noise and crowd, the cooking speaks of a quiet refinement courtesy of young-gun chef Deuki Hong (Jean Georges, Momofuku) who employs steakhouse-style quality control, wet-aging his Omaha beef for three weeks before servers showcase the carne in escalating degrees of flavor and heft.
Of all the amazing Korean restaurants around New York, the ones that specialize in Korean barbecue are probably the most fun. Unlike the barbecue joints in the style of the American South, Korean barbecue is an interactive, do-it-yourself experience that is made more fun in a group setting. The restaurants doing the best Korean bbq in NYC serve up fresh, delicate meats with tingly seasonings and sauces that you can cook exactly to your liking.
From Koreatown to Flushing, you’ll find many examples of top notch Korean bbq. Whether you’re looking for a swanky experience or a low-key hole-in-the-wall, these spots come through with all the standards, hot pots and family-style dishes that Korean bbq is known for.
If you’re in the mood for a different type of Asian cuisine, be sure to check out our guides to the best Thai, Chinese and Japanese fare. But don’t miss the unique dining experience that is Korean bbq.
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