The cocktail known as the Charles River Fishbowl at Myung Dong 1st Ave is named after the waterway that snakes through Boston, but that’s where the similarities end. The quart-sized Fishbowl—which is also available in a half-gallon version for up to four drinkers or one off-the-wagon goldfish—isn’t filled with water, but soju, a sweet South Korean rice vodka, which mixologists elevate with fruit juices and a garnish of gummy worms. When opening their business, the founders of Myung Dong 1st Ave tailored their offerings to attract a young dive-bar crowd, and they’ve certainly achieved that goal. Thumping hip-hop tunes set the mood as revelers sip the country’s liquors, beers, and wines, many of which come in vessels that require two hands to hold. A reviewer from The Boston Phoenix particularly enjoyed the soju-soaked honeydew melon, a combination that makes the already tame alcohol “sweet to slurp.” A sip of Korean alcohol is bound to inspire cravings for Korean cuisine, and luckily, Myung Dong pairs its libations with a full food menu. Some bites are specifically meant to go with beverages. The aptly named dried beer-snacks platter contains helpings of dried squid, peanuts, and other slightly salty, easy-to-munch items. But many plates constitute a full meal, and typically require utensils or sleek, stainless-steel fingers for consumption. Selections include the barbecued beef short ribs, bibimbop bowls, and the eel teriyaki, which the Phoenix reviewer lauded simply as “really great.”
The Village Sushi and Grill has been supplying then community of Rosendale with gourmet Japanese and Korean cuisine since 2002. Menu items include authentic sushi and sashimi from only the freshest fish, US-inspired creations such as the maki and California rolls, and a tempura that’s battered and fried to crispy, golden perfection. Best of all, Village Sushi is known all around for being one of the most competitively priced sushi venues around, making it perfect for frequent takeout runs. Staff is friendly, speedy, and eager to help. Dining in at the Village Sushi gives you an opportunity to enjoy some quality sushi in a tastefully tranquil atmosphere.
Green Line riders and Boston University students pack into the bustling Super 88 Food Court to sip bubble tea and fill up on Vietnamese, Chinese, and Indian food. There, Misono Grill serves up Korean staples like broiled eel and bulgogi beef and chicken.
Chinese influences are at work here, and not just on the menu—Buk Kyung is “Beijing” in Korean. Owners Seung Ki Lee and Kyung Sook made innumerable trips to Seoul before opening the restaurant in order to procure flour for their homemade noodles and dumplings and to perfect their signature seafood and pork stir-fry in black bean sauce.