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Upper West Side Korean

Peter | Jan 6, 2000 09:41 PM

Just ate at Jin Dae Lee (sp?) a brand new Korean restaurant on 84th and Amsterdam.

I liked it a lot.

I like Korean food, but am no expert. I've eaten in a few of the places in "little Korea" near 34th street. IMHO, this place compares with them. And it's three blocks from my apartment.

I had an appetizer of Duk something something, described as "Sauteed rice cakes in spicy garlic sauce". It wasn't what I expected, but it was good. The "cakes" were tubular, and glutinous/chewy rather than crispy; it also wasn't particularly spicy. Perhaps they toned it down for me. The sauce had some carrots and some red peppers (bell peppers), and some garlic, and it was a little spicy.

For a main course I had one of my favorite Korean dishes: Hae Mul Pae Jun, which is a seafood pancake. It was also quite good, although it could have been hotter (temperature wise).

It came with a fairly typical assortment of side dishes, including kimchee-spicy cabbage, some sort of root vegetable, a rather plain bean-curd like dish, etc.

After the meal, they brought me a teacup full of some cold, sweet-spicy-herby drink. It was a little too sweet for me, but good.

The service was very polite, although my waitress had very limited English.

I'd be interested in the opinions of those more expert in Korean food.

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