When Han Woo Chon is on its game, it’s really good—LA good, one Angeleno declares. Lau, who’s well acquainted with the world-class Korean chow out west, says this Flushing restaurant could be a contender on either coast.
Kalbi jjim kills: A spicy-sweet stew of meltingly tender short ribs, it comes in a deep vessel that looks like a flowerpot. Barbecue is popular here and a smart order; kalbi (same cut of beef, grilled instead of stewed) is tender and perfectly marinated. Panchan are outstanding, varied, and plentiful; one standout is fish with radish, seaweed, and soy.
To the east, in the heart of Korean Flushing, is another barbecue house, Gasiri. It comes recommended in a cryptic but intriguing dispatch from TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis, who enjoyed charcoal-grilled huk samgyupsal, or “three stripes” black pork belly (those stripes, by the way, are luscious layers of fat). “An all-around good time/food and pleasant atmosphere,” sums up Aramis.
Han Woo Chon [Flushing]
142-34 Roosevelt Avenue (between Union and Bowne streets), Flushing, Queens
162-04 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens