(this is an abbreviated post from my blog page: http://congniuyue.wordpress.com/korean/
Dorory, 353 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, between Rodney and Keap, was a surprise, as I walked down this stretch of Broadway, and unfortunately, had already eaten.
It stands out as a nice cafe looking front exterior, along the row of bars that first includes a Dominican establishment, with Trophy Bar on the other side, with a Hooka Bar wedged between. Just beyond the Trophy is Dotory.
They opened on Christmas Day, just a month ago, for now, making the 25th of December, yet another birthday.
Now, I am not confined to the Dominican place down the street, when I am in the area, and desire to fill my belly. The menu has noodles, all health conscious, and sound appetizing indeed.
The kimchi is homemade, and this is very interesting, as it takes a process, to make.
Some really inventive sandwiches, an import concept for Korean cuisine, and I would have to say, the Korean signature are on most if not all of them. (see menu:http://dotorybk.com/menu.pdf)
I was intent on having a can, or two, of Hite, a Korean brand that is not found in the US, as much as one sees O.B marketed. It was my favored Korean beer, in Korea, and elsewhere.
The place at night is a very comfortable atmosphere, and I found people enjoying themselves, eating creative variations of traditional dishes such as Bibimbop.
Of course this is not the Korean barbecue, in Jackson Heights or 33rd Street. The rice mix used in the Bibimbop itself is a mix of "sushi rice, black jasmine rice, quinoa and millet"-menu.
Dining with a friend at Kickshaw, in Astoria, I was unable to touch the bibimbop, that was collected with the shared items we had ordered, from a kitchen with a Korean chef. Kickshaw uses white rice.
The atmosphere I had entered simply beckoned for a few enjoyable cans of Hite, as most guests were groups of people, leaving the row of stools along the window that peers out to Broadway, empty.
The seating by the window, extents with a shelve, along some of the wall, where above hangs some interesting art, both original modern, and local, as well as more traditional and decorative pieces. I did not ask, but there seemed to be a show for one artist there, as the pieces by one artist, are present on other walls. The ambiance functions nicely as a gallery space.
The Hite was certainly enjoyable, and word had reached the kitchen my simply taking beer, so complimentary snacks were brought out for me. These consisted of some seaweed snack, cashews with a dusting of red pepper, and the favored dry peas, with serious wasabi coating.