Barn Joo 35

34 W 35th St. New York, NY 10001 • (212) 564-4430 • barnjoo35.com

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So apparently the second time’s a charm, because this one is SO much nicer than the one on 19th street. A décor that is cool, yet also warm and inviting with its raw wood tones. Which paradoxically somehow works, just like their modern twist on Korean classics such as bulgogi tacos.

Speaking of which, the tacos are actually just okay by comparison to the much more impressive kimchi pancakes mixed with bacon. Whoa nilly! They’re sure to have you clamoring like the dog in the Beggin’ Strips commercials.

They even offer their BBQ with a fun zag, done the way of the Japanese, over a hot stone as opposed to the usual Korean MO. We opted for the duck and it was a solid good.

Also good is the price of sake. Downright reasonable if you ask me. What isn’t reasonable, however

Last but not least, for dessert we ordered the churros with vanilla ice cream and I know what you’re thinking. Tacos? Churros? Is this place Mexican or Korean? I believe it’s the latter, but then again, they were some pretty impressive churros, so go figure.

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Korilla BBQ

Monday -25th Street & Broadway 10010korillabbq.com
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It’s a food truck, so no comments on decor, although the Bengal tiger stripes are definitely eye-catching. As for the service it’s a bit on the rushed side, which never makes a first-time experience pleasant. Especially when they’ve already run out of one of the ingredients you wanted by 12:30pm! Docking one knife for poor planning.

That said, my spicy pork, red kimchi burrito was pretty awesome, especially when you consider it was only seven bucks. Shit, it’s practically impossible to get a muffin in this city for under seven dollars. So, to be able to get something as filling and tasty as this- let’s just say they had me at, “hurry the fuck up.”

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Miss Korea BBQ

10 W 32nd St. (3rd Fl) New York, NY 10001 • (212) 594-4963 • misskoreabbq.com

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This was my second foray into the culinary world that is Korean BBQ. The first being more than 7 years ago, which would imply that I didn’t like it, but that’s actually not the case at all. I enjoyed it a great deal. Both times. Just not SO incredible that I had to rush back, apparently. That said, I would definitely go back to Miss Korea, hopefully sooner than another 7 years.

The decor is clean and contemporary, right down to the sleek metal chopsticks, which are cool, but a bitch to use, and I’m pretty good with chopsticks. There is one oddity however, in the form of a flat screen smack dab in the middle of the dining room, playing Korean TV. Which started off distracting, but ended up mesmerizing.

Service was friendly and attentive, but perhaps that’s because we were with someone who spoke fluent Korean. Prices are very reasonable, or at least for lunch they are.

As for the food, the star of the meal for me, by far, was the squid with noodles. If I was rating that dish alone, I’d probably go 4 knives. The BBQ was good too, but there were a few too many missed notes- for example, multiple bones in my pork belly and I also wished the kimchi had more kick in its chi.

And last but not least, one other little plus- they are right next to Paris Baguette, a French/Korea bakery that is AWESOME for dessert.

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