Decided to stop here on the way back from the Hamptons since we had a car for once (makes going to flushing so much easier...i basically drag my gf and whomever else is with me to flushing everytime i have a car). We were originally planning on hitting the pojang matcha place at H Mart, but we decided to hit Sam Won Gahk instead as the people we were with are not really used to real asian food (although I guess this is fake northern chinese food haha) and I figured this would be less of a culture shock (gotta ease people into new food).
It's on northern bet 146th and 147th st (144-20 Northern Blvd). The interior is like straight up old school americanized decor (i.e. drab and not much to speak of). The service is nice and quick as to be expected and the menu is all classic korean-chinese.
We got all the classic korean chinese dishes:
- ja jang myun (noodles in brown sauce): this was very good, the noodles they use here are better than most of the korean-chinese places I've tried in NYC b/c they tasted more like real noodles (i.e. a bit al dente etc) instead of like packaged spaghetti that you get in an american grocery store. The sauce was good as well, good flavor and definitely get the version with the beef as it definitely makes it better.
- jjam pong (spicy seafood soup): i liked this as well although I suggest getting the spicier version (they have more than more version on the menu), actually we only got the less spicy version b/c our other guests aren't really used to eating spicy food, so we tried to tone it down a bit for them. The noodles are the same noodles as the JJM. The broth was good, spicy (should've been spicier) and not too salty. The seafood in the soup was pretty decent (better than most other korean-chinese places) in terms of freshness
- tang soo yook (sweet and sour fried beef): this was very good, the beef had clearly been fried on the spot as it was very crispy and hot. The sauce was sweet w/o being too sweet (alot of korean-chinese places make it ridiculously sweet). Although I don't think the TSY was any better than Hyo Dong Gak in the city, which actually doesn't serve pretty good TSY
- gam poongi (spicy and sweet fried chicken): this was very good as well, nice and crispy, a little spicy, generally good flavor...i think everyone liked this the best
If you like korean-chinese (the korean equivalent to americanized chinese) then you will like this place as I think it's the best korean-chinese place in NYC that I've tried so far.