So ate at Sanmaroo tonight, which is a new korean restaurant on 8th st bet 5th and 6th. It's a the manhattan branch of a Sanmaroo, which is in Tenafly, NJ. The place itself is actually very nice for a korean restaurant...its got a bar to sit at on the right and a series of tables on the left. Part of the kitchen is exposed (mainly the grill). Its well lit and has an interesting wall that looks like its made of fire wood. The service was reasonably quick and good. It was fairly dead as we were one of 3 tables there.
The menu has all the regular korean dishes that you'd expect at any general korean restaurant, one issue is that they do offer alot, which typically isn't such a great idea b/c you end up with a bunch of just ok food (almost all manhattan ktown restaurants suffer from this), but it is in the village, so i guess they're trying to show all types of korean food
So we got two dishes:
- panchan (small side dishes): these were generally good, just as good as any place in ktown
- nakji bokum (stir fried octopus in spicy sauce): this was good, sauce was right, spicy and tasty, the udon noodles were good...the only thing was that the octopus was a little overcooked. gf and i both liked it
- bibim naeng myun (cold noodles in a spicy sauce): this was bad, the chili sauce was all wrong as it wasn't sweet at all (should be a bit sweet) and the chili sauce just kind of tasted bland. the noodles, sliced pears, pickled radishes were all fine, but the chili sauce just killed the dish. I tried to add more mustard and vinegar, but it couldn't help the dish
despite the bibim naeng myun debacle, I think the place has potential based on the nakji bokum as naeng myun in the city is typically bad anyhow...i look forward to trying more dishes.