Like romance novels, dumplings fit tempting tidbits into a small but steamy package. Passionately devour cuisine with today's Groupon: for $18, you get a three course prix fixe Korean dinner for two at Gammeeok in Palisades Park (a $37.85 total value). The meal includes the following:
- First course of dumplings (a $7.95 value)
- Second course of seafood jeon (a $12.95 value)
- Third course of wang galbi (a $16.95 value)
With more than two decades of experience peddling authentic Korean cuisine, the culinary whizzes at Gammeeok ladle out a cornucopia of tempting appetizers and traditional beef entrees. Shared starters of freshly steamed dumplings and flaky seafood pancakes commence duos' chew-a-thons and competitions in napkin folding. Grilled beef short ribs arrive to tables backed by special soy sauce, and twosomes can accompany their meal with BYOB drinks and liquefied poltergeists. On Tuesday and Friday nights, live jazz seasons the air as moonlight streams in through Gammeeok's vast floor-to-ceiling windows.
For almost 25 years, Gammeeok has been treating hungry New Yorkers to authentic Korean dishes. The menu includes classics—like bibimbap—as well as lesser-known gems, like seolleongtang, a white ox-bone broth brimming with brisket and wheat-flour noodles, which The New York Times dubbed one of "two things Korean food lovers can't live without". Other must-trys include abai soondae, a sausage stuffed with pork, sweet potato noodles, and steamed pig's feet, and the platter of briny raw oysters, sliced steam-softened pork belly with radish and white kimchi.