i grew up in new york (queens and nassau county), and whenever my family went to korean restaurants for as long as I could remember, my mom always told me never to order the bulgogi, and always order kalbi, since the quality of the meat restaurants use in bulgogi can be dubious. has anyone heard of this?
not that I'm complaining, btw :)
some thoughts on korean bbq:
1) does anyone else notice that the smell sticks in your clothing? every time I go to a restaurant with grill-in tables, I smell that delicious aroma the next morning when I wash my hair. yummy.
2) generally, places that have grill-in tables are better, right? All the restaurants that I went to in new york had grill-in tables and the meat was generally excellent. however, now I am in Boston (specifically harvard square) and the only option is shilla, which doesn't offer grill-in kalbi. the meat isn't that tender (it's a little tough) and sometimes there's gristle/fat that hasn't melted off :(.
3) where do you think the best korean bbq is in the nation?