Sudachi Sushi & Korean BBQ’s menu brims with classic teriyaki and bulgogi as well as eclectic variants such as chicken katsu quesadillas and vegetable teriyaki burritos. Chefs assemble a slate of premium sushi rolls with names such as the Rodeo Roll, What the Heck Roll, and Las Vegas Roll.
Stone's proprietors set out to share Korean dishes inspired by their families' familiar recipes. All food is prepared in-house, including dumplings made by hand every morning and kalbi marinated overnight, every night. Warm up appetites for dinner with Stone fried chicken wings tossed in a house sauce ($7) or crispy tofu, fried and served with a sweet garlic soy sauce ($5). Entrees are as plentiful and diverse as a raging Technicolor snowstorm. Try the hwae dup bap, the local fish of the day served sashimi style with tobiko, fresh greens, and veggies over steamed rice ($14.50). Noodles swim in the ja jang myun's bean sauce, served with pork, zucchini, onions, and cucumbers ($10.50). Keeping in line with traditional values, Stone Korean Kitchen's chefs use only the freshest local produce and highest-quality meats.
Ahn Sushi & Soju stocks barren bellies with fresh Japanese and Korean menu items reeled in from all corners of the oceanic fish bowl, and slakes gullets with sake and signature soju cocktails, colossal libations mixed in hollowed fruits. The unagi sushi's barbecue-infused eel ($5) seduces taste buds while a quintet of toro sashimi ($25.95) softly croons melodies of the seafaring life. Take piscatorial matters into your own hands with the bento box combo dinner, which cordons off a trio of customer-culled fare, such as a crab-stuffed california roll, tangy chicken teriyaki, or a spicy tuna roll ($17.95). Chefs draw upon Korean muses to craft the boneless beef jumuluck kalbi, bathed in a special house sauce ($19.95), or the saeng kalbi, charcoal barbecued short ribs ($19.95).
Where to Sit: You won’t find any tables at this tiny hole-in-the-wall, so be prepared to take your meal to go.
When to Go: There’s usually a line out the door during peak lunch hours, though it moves fast. If you don't want to wait, go for a late lunch.
While You're in the Neighborhood: After lunch, explore more than 6,000 pieces of animated art at the Cartoon Art Museum (655 Mission Street).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Sample more Korean fusion dishes, including bulgogi enchiladas and oyster-kimchi po’ boys, at HRD (521A 3rd Street).
Playground serves up classic Korean dishes and a few American standards, whether you’re fueling up before a long night of karaoke or stopping in for a few happy hour bites. Bibimbap comes in beef or spicy seafood varieties, while a house sauce sweetens thin-sliced bulgogi. Shareable finger foods, such as popcorn chicken and garlic fries, make grabbing a bite between songs easy.
Soju—a Korean spirit that’s generally made with rice—is similar to vodka but lower in ABV. This smooth liquor dominates the drink menu and can be ordered on its own or in one of many tantalizing fruity cocktails, such as lychee or mango. But it’s not all about soju. The drink list also offers domestic and European beers, along with Korean brews like Hite and OB. A full liquor selection rounds out the choices, including 17 different whiskey options.
Guests gather in Playground’s private karaoke rooms, which can hold up to 20 people or 5 hyenas. Lyrics flicker on a flat-screen television as singers croon, cushioned by leather banquettes. Note that a food and beverage minimum applies to private room rental.
When to Go: Um Ma Son is open for dinner, supper, and fourth meal seven nights a week (5:30 p.m–midnight).
Inside tip: The restaurant doesn’t serve hard liquor, but it does offer a small selection of beer, including Korean imports like OB.
Banchan: small side dishes served with Korean cuisine, traditionally composed of a variety of kimchi, marinated vegetables, and meat dishes.
Japchae: Korean sweet-potato glass noodles stir-fried in sesame oil with vegetables and flavored with soy sauce and sugar. The dish is served hot or cold, sometimes with beef.