Go Hyang Jib's main draw is its pork bulgogi—thin strips of tenderloin marinated in hot-pepper sauce and charred over an open flame. But bacon lovers (and their dates) will swoon over the bacon feast for two, which features Korean-style bacon cooked at the table and garnished with lettuce and hot bean paste.
With a bilingual menu that's nearly 50 items long, generous portions, plentiful panchan (the complimentary small plates that come with Korean meals), and a selection of beer and soju, there are plenty of reasons to visit Arirang at any time of day. But with special late-night-only items such as seafood pancakes and barbecue ribs, why wait till day?
Kiku Garden’s chefs cook marinated short ribs and jumbo shrimp on tabletop grills in the style of Korean barbecue. The restaurant’s Japanese dishes, on the other hand, showcase a different preparation style. The menu of finely crafted sushi rolls features raw tuna, eel, and crab.
Chef Chong learned the recipes she uses from her mother, who learned them from her mother, and so on in a tradition going back more than a century. Today, time-honored dishes such as dumpling soup and bibimbap share menu space with inventive newcomers such as Korean-style menudo.
Bring a big appetite (or a friend) if you plan to partake of Koreana's popular hot pots. The soups—with main ingredients such as goat meat, spicy monk fish, and pork rib—come with two servings per order. Other shareable feasts include salty sliced pork cooked at the table.
Seoul Oriental may offer the most authentic Korean dining experience in town. Besides the fact that it's inside a Korean market, the café offers up traditional dishes such as kimchi stew and fish egg soup, prepared by cooks who don't speak English. Luckily, the cashiers do—pay first, then present your meal ticket at the counter.