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korean bbq on grand in WB


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korean bbq on grand in WB

bill p | Nov 15, 2005 10:30 AM

A Korean BBQ place just opened on Grand Street (between Bedford and Berry) in Williamsburg, and a bunch of us gave it a try last night. It's a fairly big space that has a bar in the back with a second enterance on North First.

I think it was their third night open. They don't have printed menus yet, or a sign even. I had to ask the name of place, which I have forgotten but it's the Korean word for Devil. Very friendly all-Korean staff, who read the entire menu off little pieces of paper. We shared kimchi scallion pancakes, kimchee-seafood soup, a couple orders of bibimbap, and for bbq: bulgogi (beef and pork), kalbi, and chicken (basically a double-order of every meat offered). They also brought us a couple gratis orders of chapchae.

The good: Apart from the chicken, which I just wasn't interested in, the meat was good. The chapchae was actually very good, probably the tastiest item we had. Bibimbap was nice, not great, but decent.

The not-so-good: I realize this is Williamsburg and not Flushing or K-Town, but the panchan served was a joke. Only one kind of weak-tasting kimchi, that shoestringed daikon in sweetish pickling broth, and some cut-up dill pickles (!). That was it. I guess they're figuring white hipsters won't know the difference, and that may be true.

Also the space is a little too spare and industrial for my tastes, a little like a sports bar.

Prices were reasonable.

I would go again for the chapchae or the bibimbap, but with k-town so close, why settle for less?

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