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“Saveur says it's the place to eat”

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
Ranked #366 of 14,593 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Korean
Neighborhood: Midtown
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Neighborhood: Midtown
Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

With a recommendation from Saveur magazine and a pic of the actor Ice-T, we had to taste for ourselves what the fuss was about with this Korean BBQ restaurant.

First off, know that New York's Korea town is full of restaurants that have "Kang" in their name. You'll know this restaurant by the celebrity wall of photos near the entrance, and a map of the world. Another clue is that the servers all wear t-shirts with a butchers rendition of pork cuts of meat.

When you arrive you'll be given the choice for BBQ. Obviously you can opt out but that would be foolish. After all, this is the reason for choosing this place.

Next you'll be seated to a table full of small plates of pickled radishes, pickled cabbage, tofu, BBQ sauce, a pile of lettuce leaves, seasoned sprouts, and other delights that may seem indistinguishable if you aren't familiar with banchan (Korean tapas). No worries, you'll be provided with a cheat sheet to help you eat authentically.

Start with the salads while the egg, sweet corn and chopped veges start stimulating your appetite. Your server will do it all.

Depending on what you order the meat will be cooked in stages. Take your time and graze on the side dishes while your meat sizzles. While designed to complement the meal and typically interspersed between bites of the BBQ, it's fine to ask for refills of the sides.

Use the ssam or lettuce sheets as a wrap. Start by smearing the ssamjang (a funky BBQ like paste) on the lettuce leave and fill it like a Mexican burrito with your favorite ingredients.

Pro tip: At classy Korean BBQ places, servers do all the grilling. Be patient and enjoy the show by letting him or her do it.

Thank ZenDark30
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Reviewed December 9, 2016

To avoid the wait, we ventured for reservations and a private dining room for about $85 per person. To not have to wait, the price is well worth it. For the amount of meat that you receive for the amount of money per person, that is another story. I usually do not like to write negative reviews. If I don't have anything good to say, I usually ignore it. There are positives. The meat is tasty. The environment is lively. They serve you these "box rice" dishes that are unique to me which was tasty. If you are looking for Korean, this should be on your list to consider, but I am just basing some of my comments on the quantity of meat based on the price that we pay, it may be lacking a little bit. Otherwise, it is a place that you should try. Possibly do a la carte.

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Thank fishking88
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Reviewed December 8, 2016

OK -- I admit it. I'd never tried Korean BBQ before, though I'd looked through a few windows and saw the table-top grills. What a delicious adventure -- staff that welcomes you and treats you like family. (The branch of the family that need coaching on how to work through the twenty dishes that get presented during the meal.) We spent a lot of time smiling, a lot of time asking questions, and a whole lot of time eating - wonderful!

Thank peripateticjim
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Reviewed December 4, 2016

Had marinated/ non marinated beef and pork. Dinner for 4 ran near $170 before tip but it was well worth it for indulging yourself in Korean BBQ galore?

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Thank FatherofIssac
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Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

First time at a Korean BBQ, we got there about 9pm. They had a table upstairs. Staff is all very friendly and helpful if you're new to the Korean BBQ game. This place was awesome. Small beef combo. Plenty of food for the two of us. Quality cuts of meat, we walked out stuffed.

Thank BillyRo_13
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