A new Korean restaurant is a welcome sight in Tribeca. These days with restaurants closing by the dozen, a new opening is very welcomed. Especially a korean restaurant. A Chinese restaurant would also be very welcomed.
Gunbae bills itself as a BBQ restaurant. They require 2 BBQ entrees ordered if you want BBQ. I was a solo diner, so I didn't order BBQ.
The staff was quite accommodating , seating a single in a packed restaurant at a 4 top. I was happy but surprised. The restaurant has been open about 2 weeks. It is quite popular already. The place was packed.
The BBQ is gas not coals. But the meat looked like very good quality. They even had Wagyu short rib.
The vent system is sophisticated. Not like the old time BBQ places where you will come out smelling like BBQ. They use the pull-down vents , and they work quite well.
I ordered Kalbi with glass noodles hot pot. The dish was tasty. There were a few hard to eat pieces of meat, but overall the meat was good. There was far too little glass noodles in the dish. However, in discussing that issue with the waiter , he said, everything is made to order, so if you want more noodles now we will give it, and in the future just ask for more and we will make it that way. Then he said, anything you want made special or different or more of , just ask.
I also had seafood jun. It was pretty good, with fresh shrimp and scallops in it. But I thought it was a little undercooked inside. I like the pancake at Kori better. But this was more traditional size. It is also more traditional than Kori.
The menu isn't very extensive, like you see in Ktown, but they say they will be adding many dishes. Their focus, however, is on BBQ it seems.
The bantam was good tasting, and they gave me the same amount as the table for 4 next to me. I wished they had those dried little fish though. I attached photo.
Downstairs they have a bar and karaoke. They will also be serving bar snacks like spring rolls, wings, etc.
I will be frequenting this restaurant . They are also open 7 days and for lunch too.