The first time I ate Korean food was at Dok Suni in the East Village. I had bebimbop, and it turned me on to Korean food. I've eaten Korean food all over the country since that first trip to Dok Suni, but Dok Suni remains my favorite Korean eatery, and the bebimbop remains my favorite bebimbop anywhere.
It's a tiny hole in the wall, so if you get there when it's crowded expect a bit of a wait, but the staff is delightful and the service is wonderful, and the food is heavenly. I took my boyfriend there several years ago, and while he professed to hate Korean food, he was in love with it by the time we left. In fact, he raved about it to the point they gave us free digestifs at the end of our meal.
I would highly recommend this restaurant for it's dark and quiet atmosphere, it's wonderful and helpful staff, and it's absolutely delicious cuisine. If you like Korean, and you like small, darkly-lit East Village joints, this is the place for you. I can't wait to get back to Manhattan!
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