Lined with busy shops bearing Korean-language signs, Palisades Park's Broad Avenue is the "epicenter of life in Korean New Jersey," according to food blog Serious Eats. Nestled on this bustling strip is Hanbat Restaurant, the sister location of the Michelin-recommended Manhattan eatery of the same name. Hanbat's menu reveals its chefs' commitment to traditional Korean cuisine: iconic ingredients like kimchi and L.A. kalbi or marinated beef short ribs help chefs add their distinctive flavors to select dishes, and the barbecue section spotlights everything from grilled brisket to duck. The dishes' presentation also adds to this deeply rooted sense of authenticity: in addition to serving rice in hot stone bowls, chefs also stir-fry a couple of entrees tableside, incorporating pork belly, vegetables, and a choice of seafood into the mix.
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.
Chicken lovers flock to BonChon Chicken in New York's Garment District neighborhood. No need to miss out on BonChon Chicken just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Beer, wine, and more are also available from BonChon Chicken's extensive drink list. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at BonChon Chicken. Ideal for large groups, BonChon Chicken will make sure your party feels anything but cramped.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating. For the tastes of BonChon Chicken from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services. Delivery and take out are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's West 38th Street business. If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with nearby stops at Times Sq - 42 St. (1, 2, 3, N, Q, R), Times Sq - 42 St. (7, 7X), and Times Sq - 42 St. (S).
Expect your bill at BonChon Chicken to come in at around $30 per person. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
For a tasty mix of Asian flavors and a laid-back vibe, New York's Fat Buddha is the place to go. Fat Buddha also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work. You'll find lots of space for you and the whole gang to spread out at Fat Buddha, which accommodates plenty of large groups. The restaurant also features a DJ, and patrons are encouraged to strut their stuff on the dance floor. Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the restaurant.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays. Show up in sneakers or a suit at Fat Buddha, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go. The restaurant has catering services as well.
Street parking is provided for those dining at the restaurant's Avenue A location.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more. You can leave the credit cards at home when heading to Fat Buddha — it's strictly cash-only.
At the center of the platters of miso-soaked steak, intricately marbled Kobe-style short ribs, garlic shrimp, and fresh veggies that crowd any given table at Gyu-Kaku sits a yakiniku grill, ready to bring all these flavors to life. At more than 700 locations worldwide, parties choose from a cornucopia of ingredients, tell their servers how they'd like them marinated—in sauces ranging from the strictly traditional to basil pesto—then begin searing their feast over the smokeless gas grill. New York magazine admired how "dominoes of harami skirt steak, marinated in sweet dark miso, turn caramelized and succulent on the hot grill." If protein overload looms, there are stone bowls of bibimbap and ramen to add balance. Patrons can wash down their meals with super-premium daiginjo sakes, sweet Japanese plum wines, and Asahi Super Dry beer, known to enhance its imbibers' deadpan witticisms.
Kang Suh specializes in authentic Korean cuisine, and takes care to create a welcoming atmosphere surrounding every aspect of the dining experience inside. The main dining room is brightly lit and simply decorated, with firm red chairs, a charcoal gray color scheme and square dividers similar to the natural wall panels found in Korean Hanok architecture. Food is served up in a traditional Korean style, presented in clean white bowls to emphasize the colorful ingredients. Hot items, like cha dol bae gi, a thin, non-marinated beef brisket, are cooked in front of you on a circular Korean barbecue, but with over six pages of dishes to choose from, diners could spend many meals at Kang Suh without every trying the same thing twice. Order up an array of kimchi, seafood pancakes, noodle soups and more, all of which can be shared amongst family and friends in the traditional Korean style.