Kiku Garden’s talented chefs provide diners with delicacies such as sushi, noodles and other fish dishes. Their lunch and dinner creations are varied. Guests can try a special Korean casserole dish, such as the Ah-gu-jjim which incorporates monk fish with vegetables and a hot spicy sauce. Generous portions and good flavors are standards at Kiku Garden. Thankfully, Kiku Garden accepts reservations. For those rainy days when a marathon of Matthew McConaughey rom-coms is on, diners can call Kiku Garden to order takeout. Guests are comfortable dining at Kiku Garden before shows and movie dates, as the service is quick and attentive. Experience Korean cuisine at Kiku Garden.
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.
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.
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?
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.