i've been going to Keun Jip on 32st (under Cafe Blue) for the past 6 months since it opened. they consistently have the best pork butt bbq called "sam gyup sal" in all of nyc. never had i had it so good outside of korea and all my friends are raving about it also. wondering if anyone else have tried it? it's not a common and popular dish for non-koreans YET but please, if you haven't yet, give it a shot. it's about $18 per order and 2 order minimum. and make sure the pork is cooked until crisp on the outside before eating. it's traditionally eaten that way...
the reatuarant is consistantly packed on weekend evenings but it is never more than a 15 minute wait as most koreans hate to wait to eat... traditionally when you go eat bbq or meat in korea you do not order any appetizers. basically the meat is ordered first and eaten as a complement to the alcohol. if you'd like to try that i'd recommend ordering "50 se-ju." it's a combination of soju and 100-seju and copliments the meats very well... not as strong as drinking straight soju. i think the alcohol content is around 18%.
after finishing the meat you can order (if you're still hungry) a casserole dish, rice dish, or a noodle dish. this is because meat is very very expensive in korea and portions tend to be tiny compared to the portions served in this country so most people are still hungry after the bbq. however in this country you get 3-4 times the portion for 1 order than you do in korea so you might not need the second course. i usually order a casserole dish WITH the bbq and just eat everything as 1 course. hope you try a meal this way and tellme what you think...
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