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Jong Ga House / Zuni Cafe brief reports

Miele Maiale | May 3, 200310:32 PM

After reading an amazing (old) thread on Korean food on the NY board, I had to have Korean food last night, and decided to go to Jong Ga, since that's the one we hadn't tried yet. Great banchan (dense and flavorful seaweed salad and little spicy fishies, especially), great starter cold and spicy soup, good bul go gi, inedible prawns in a stir fry dish(mushy and tasteless). But what stuck with us was the completely inept service. We had to ask two servers over a span on 20 minutes for water after we were seated (there were only perhaps 4 other tables occupied on a thursday night); the lettuce and accompaniments to our bul go gi came a full *10* minutes after we were served the entree, with no apologies; we had to ask for tea, and were served one cup between us, even though we noticed that all the other tables had teapots and teacups brought out as soon as diners were seated. Out of sheer habit, I left a tip, but this was one instance when I seriously considered not doing so.

In contrast, Zuni for lunch today was superb (although our selections are not an adequate representation of the menu!). Great selection of oysters - Sweetwater, Hog Island, Buckley Bay, Fanny Bay, Kumus, Malpeque. We wanted to share the polenta plate (a mere $5.50, mind you) and got two generous bowlfuls with a full-size dollop of mascarpone on each. A perfect lunch experience - great bread, lovely wine (Puligny Montrachet chard, I think), lovely service. Highly, highly recommended to those who haven't been yet (and esp. oyster lovers).

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