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Restaurants & Bars

Bo Revisited for the First Time

Dave Feldman | Jan 19, 199801:02 AM     4

Hadn't been to Queens for a food fix in too long, so two pals and I went to Bo for Korean.

I don't think we were *quite* as excited about the food as Alan and Lisa, but we enjoyed it very much. We started with the mung and potato pancakes. The mungs were delicious; the potato ones were tastsy but extremely undercooked -- downright soggy. Neither was greasy at all; the dipping sauce was excellent.

The restaurant was lovely. The presentation of all the dishes was excellent (not quite as elaborate as Hangawi, but then you aren't paying Hangawi prices), and all the side dishes were distinguished by their cleanness. All the pickled stuff was particularly good.

For entrees, we had the jap chae, boolgoki, and bok choy and shrimp in "special" sauce. The jap chae was beautiful to look at (the scallions were gorgeous) but not, in my opinion, exceptional. The bok choy was beautifully cooked, but the sauce was too sweet and one-dimensional. The boolgoki was excellent, as good as any I've had in NY.

Portions were more than generous and all the dishes were distinguished by the lack of excess fat and grease.

But I've left out the best part of the equation -- the incredible sweetness of the staff. Our waitress, if a bit shy, couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. And when the owner came out, she showed genuine concern and was charming as all get-out. I'm a little nervous. We were there at 7:30 on a Saturday night and only one other table was occupied; by 8:15, we were the ONLY table there, and no one else came in.
The owner said she looked for spaces in lower Manhattan and couldn't find one with decent rent. I'm hoping the lack of business is an anomaly.

When we asked for a check, the waitress brought us some excellent orange wedges. After we paid, she knocked on the kitchen door and waved the owner in. The owner stopped by and personally said goodbye to each of us in turn.

What treatment for three utter strangers! We were all charmed and moved by their warmth. Even if I'd rate the food "very good" rather than excellent, it was more than worth the schlep to meet these two folks, and I'll be back.

DF

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