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New York Hot Dog & Coffee

10 Mar

This venue is closed.

New York Hot Dog & Coffee

Rating: ★★★☆☆
245 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Website
(917) 388-3742
Price: $
Hours:
Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm
Fri-Sat, 11am-1am
Nearest Transit:
W 4th St (A, C, E, B, D, F, V)
Christopher St (1)
Christopher St (PATH)
Twitter // Facebook // Foursquare

Authentic Korean Ingredients, but a very pricy gimmick

New York Hot Dog & Coffee is a popular tube-steak chain in South Korea with over 170 branches. Their first venture outside of their home land is none other than New York City. Stationed in the West Village, New York Hot Dog & Coffee offers hotdogs with Korean toppings, Korean style burgers and tacos. I tried their signature bulgogi hotdog ($5.99) and bbq chicken wrapdog ($5.99). The bulgogi and bbq chicken tasted authentic, but the hotdog was very generic. The ingredients don’t mix and it tasted like two separate items. The bread was nice and fluffy, while the wrap was bit on the dry-side. The coffee was decent, nothing to brag about. In typical Korean-fashion, they also offer waffles and frozen yogurt. Overall, the food is decent, not great, and definitely overpriced.

They have some seating in the front and a pretty cozy lounge with a sunroof out back. In talking with the manager, Sandy Choi, she informed me that they also offer free in-store WiFi and urges customers to take advantage of that.

New York Hot Dog & Coffee

New York Hot Dog & Coffee

New York Hot Dog & Coffee
Bulgogi Hotdog + Kimchi Bulgogi Taco + Small Fries

New York Hot Dog & Coffee
Bulgogi Hotdog – $5.99

New York Hot Dog & Coffee
BBQ Chicken Wrapdog – $5.99

New York Hot Dog & Coffee
Belgian Waffles

New York Hot Dog & Coffee

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PalkagJung Restaurant

22 Oct

This venue is closed.

PalkagJung Restaurant

Rating: ★★★☆☆
268 Broad Ave., Palisades Park, NJ 07650
(201) 592-6400
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Sun 10:30 am – 10:30 pm
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Fine traditional Korean food at a fair price. They have the best Korean ginseng chicken soup (samgyetang) in New Jersey

PalkagJung is a traditional Korean restaurant with a very diverse offering. They provide a generous amount of Korean side dishes (Banchan) and their services is attentive and friendly. They’re best known for their authentic Korean ginseng chicken soup (samgyetang), which is the best I’ve had in all of New Jersey. This soup is composed of a whole chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, garlic cloves, daechus, and number of other herbs. It’s traditionally served in the summer for its supposed nutrients, but I’ve had it in the winter and it think it’s just as good, if not better.

In addition to their amazing chicken soup, I also recommend any of their hot bibimbap dishes on stone plates and tofu soups in stone pots. There ingredients are very fresh and any of those dishes wont disappoint. If you’re looking for Korean BBQ, they also have that here. It’s not great, but decent. There’s no permanent grill at the table, they bring out portables ones for you.

PalkagJung Restaurant
Korean Side Dishes (Banchan) – Free w/ Meal

PalkagJung Restaurant
Octopus Bibimbap – $13.99

PalkagJung Restaurant
Fried Chicken Appetizer – $9.99

PalkagJung Restaurant
Bulgogi Beef Patty Plater w/ Tofu Soup (not in picture) – $18.99

Hong Ga Meun Ok Restaurant

5 May

This venue is closed.

Hong Ga Meun Ok Restaurant

Rating: ★★★☆☆
4 East Columbia Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
(201) 313-0025
Price: $$

Their food is decent, but what keeps me coming back is their attentive service.

Hong Ga Meun Ok Restaurant is a new Korean Restaurant on Columbia Avenue in Palisades Pak, NJ. They offer the round-of-the-mill Korean dishes, but specialize in Korean BBQ. The restaurant is broken up into two sections with a common area in the middle, one half is dedicated for BBQ and the other is for BBQ and non BBQ customers. This review is based solely on their non BBQ dishes, there will be a separate review for their BBQ offerings at a later date.

During my visit to Hong Ga Meun Ok Restaurant I tired their spicy rice noodle (duk bok ki), Korean roll (gimbap), fried pork cutlet, steamed pork dumplings and season beef rice stone pot (bulgogi bibimbap). None of those dishes are particularly special and compared to the vast Korean offerings in the Palisades Park area, they’re average at best . What I found particularly refreshing about Hong Ga Meun Ok was not their food, but their customer service. They’re very attentive and they go out of their way to make customers fell welcome. I was provided with a complementary dish because they felt that my bibimbap was not served prompt enough, which really wasn’t the case. The majority of their customers are Korean (I think 95%), thus they don’t even have a english menu but the waiter was patient enough to slowly explain the entire menu to me. I was told that they’re in the process of creating a english menu, but until that’s available it may be difficult for patrons that are unfamiliar with Korean food to order (even with a waiter translating the menu). The store front is also entirely in Korean (see image below), so unless you can read Korean get acquainted with the address and/or the image of their store front below.

Overall, Hong Ga Meun Ok has decent food, nothing mind blowing, but worth visiting because of their wonderful service.

Hong Ga Meun Ok Restaurant

Hong Ga Meun Ok Restaurant

Hong Ga Meun Ok Restaurant
Fried Pork Cutlet – $13.99

Hong Ga Meun Ok Restaurant
Steam Dumpling

Hong Ga Meun Ok Restaurant
Korean Roll (Gimbap) + Spicy rice Noodle (duk bok ki) Combo – $9.99

School Zone

13 Apr

The Palisades Park venue is closed, but the Fort Lee venue is still oppen.

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Rating: ★★★☆☆
1635 Lemoine Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
413 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
Website
(201) 944-4888
Price: $
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School Zone is a fairly a new self-service diner in New Jersey with two locations, one in Palisades Park and the other in Fort Lee. They serve Korean style cafeteria food, which is nothing like the cafeteria food in the States. You can order dishes like ramen, spicy rice cake, pork cutlet, fried rice, curry rice, and rolls. There’s a good variety to choose from, the portions are fair and soup is always free. They attracts a lot of youngsters, but don’t be fooled in thinking this place is only for kids, it’s for everyone. Their food is decent, their prices are acceptable and you have the option to can eat-in or takeout. They also have a self-service frozen yogurt counter that’s similar to 16 Handles, only with a lot less favors. I recommend their mango frozen yogurt, it’s my favorite of the bunch. I’ve been to both of their locations and I prefer their Palisades Park branch because there are more seats and it’s often less crowded. Overall, I think School Zone is a good place for a quick no-frills Korean meal.

School Zone
Front Counter

School Zone
Free soup (fish cake is an addition $1.50)

School Zone
Spicy rice cake with sauce $7.95

School Zone
Spicy rice cake with cheese $8.75

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Small spicy rice cake with sauce $4.95

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Ramen with seafood $7.00

School Zone
Pork cutlet $8.75

School Zone
Hamburger w/ Fried Rice $9.50

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Bibimbap $8.75

School Zone
Dragon Roll $6.75

School Zone
Mommy’s Gim Bob $5.45

School Zone
Sundae (blood sausages) $8.75

School Zone
Corn Dog $1.75

School Zone
Frozen Yogurt Station

School Zone
Toppings Table

Kogi, A Toco Truck Fueled By Twitter

30 Mar

kogi_logoKogi BBQ is where Korean barbecue meets, Mexican tacos and burritos, meets restaurants on wheels, meets twitter. It’s an unusual combination, but has a cult following and is refining, not only the melding of ethic foods, but the way food is marketed and served.

Kogi launched last fall and sells primarily through two trucks that are always on the go to new locations in the Los Angeles area. They serve Korean BBQ tacos and burritos that are recession friendly at $2 a piece. Their menus and locations are tweeted out daily, you can follow Kogi at http://twitter.com/kogibbq.

Their way of doing business is very innovative, not only are they using new forms of media to spread the word about their business, but they are essential making it fun for people to become their customers. With over 12k followers, Kogi generates lines wherever they go and draws customers to neighborhoods that they wouldn’t have visited otherwise. They’re like a party on wheels that serves food, customers on line socialize while they wait and everyone is usually enjoying themselves with or without food. My only complaint is that they’re only in LA, I really wish they would open a truck here in NYC. I guess I’ll have to wait until my next visit to the west coast to give Kogi a try.

Below I have embed a video entitled “Chasing the Dragon (The Kogi BBQ Adventure)” by DJ Akaider and it documents his adventure in finding and finally trying the “elusive” Kogi truck.

New Totowa

10 Mar

New Totowa

Rating: ★★★★☆
421 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
(201) 592-7020
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Thu 9 am – 10:30 pm
Sat-Sun 9 am – 11 pm
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Totowa is one of the better Korean Restaurants in Palisades Park. Their management, however has recently been changed and they have been re-branded as the New Totowa. Under the new management, they still provide a fair amount of side dishes and their potions remain very large (for me at least). Their pork cutlet and spicy rice cake (duk bokki) are among the best in the area and their friendly service is what keeps me coming back. This is definitely a place worth try if you’re ever in the area.

New Totowa

New Totowa

New Totowa

New Totowa

New Totowa

New Totowa

Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ Restaurant aka Light House

9 Mar

Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ Restaurant

Rating: ★★★★☆
261 Broad Avenue, Fairview, NJ 07022
(201) 941-0104
Price: $$

Light House is a Korean BBQ house that specializes in tofu soup, but I found their BBQ and tofu not all that impressive. They are Ok, just not the place I would run to if I wanted some BBQ or tofu. Their octopus stone pot rice on the other hand is amazing. It’s well flavored with Korean spices and their portions of octopus is very generous. They also serve a good amount of ban chan (side dishes) and their food is MSG free.

Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ Restaurant

Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ Restaurant

Boom Boom Chicken

1 Mar

Boom Boom Chicken

Rating: ★★★★★
553 Main Street, Fort Lee NJ 07024
(201) 592-9700
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Sat 11 am – 11 pm
Sun 11 am – 9 pm
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Having previously tried two Korean Fired Chicken joints (Bon Chon & Kyedong), I found Boom Boom to be the best out of the three. Boom Boom, formally a Bon Chon, has similar fresh, never frozen wings and drumsticks, a 20-minute turn around time and similar choice of sauces. Like Kyedong, it also offers whole fired chickens that is sure to please customers who like breasts and/or thighs. The restaurant has a total of three tables that can seat six. The staff is extremely friendly and can speak both English and Korean. The restaurant is located on a street that has very limited parking, so be prepared to circle a bit.

When visiting Boom Boom the only decisions you will need to make are:
– Large ($20) or Small ($12)
– Drumsticks, Wings, Mixed, or Whole Chicken
– Soy Garlic, Spicy, or Mixed

All orders come with a can of soda and and a cup of Korean daikon radishes. If your taking away, your food will be neatly packed; if your eating in, you will be provided with wooden bowls to eat from. Similar to other Korean fried chicken joints, I recommend you phone in 20 minutes prior to pick up or dinning.

We got a small order of wings and drumsticks with half soy and half spicy sauce. Like its counterparts, the skin was very crispy and the meat was very juicy; however, Boom Boom’s soy garlic was a lot more bold and the spicy was not overly spicy. With that said, if you really enjoy the overly spicy taste (and I know a lot of Koreans do) Boom Boom wont do it for, hit up a Bon Chon instead.

Boom Boom Chicken

Boom Boom Chicken

Boom Boom Chicken

Boom Boom Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

28 Feb

Bon Chon Chicken

Rating: ★★★★★
346 Broad Ave, Leonia, NJ 07605
bonchon@bonchon.com
Website
(201) 461-1212
Price: $$
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Bon Chon Chicken serves Korean style fried chicken that is amazingly good. They have a number of location in the tri-state area and some over on the west coast (CA). I ate at the Bon Chon on Lemoine Ave and found the service to be exceptionally good. The staff speaks both English and Korean and are very friendly. The restaurant has amble amount of seating. Parking in front of the store is limited, but if you circle around you should be able to find a spot in no more than 10 min. Furthermore, there’s a parking lot around the corner that is free for shoppers (limited to 2 hours).

Both the spicy (contains vitamins A & C) and soy garlic are very crispy, juicy and not very greasy. According to Bon Chon, they use a proprietary sauce that stays on the chicken and not on your fingers, which is totally true. The soy garlic is exceptionally sweet and the spicy is very spicy compared to their competitors (Boom Boom & Kyedong). You can choose from a number of combination: wings drumsticks, soy garlic, spicy, or a mixture of both. An order of large goes for $20 and the medium is $12 (tax included). As of Oct 2008, the Leonia location no longer provides a free soda with each order, not sure about other Bon Chon locations. Do remember to pre-order 20 minutes prior to pick-up or dinning because the chicken is made to order and will take sometime to prepare.

I had a medium drumstick and wings with a mixture of both spicy and soy garlic, which also came with a cup of Korean daikon radish. I couldn’t decide which one I liked more as they were both very good!

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Kyedong Chicken – Palisades Park

28 Feb

Kyedong Chicken

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
133 Broad Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ
Website
(215) 468-1546
Price: $$

Kyedong Chicken is Korean Fried Chicken house that has two locations; one, on Northern Blvd, NY (718-358-8300) and another on Broad Ave in Palisades Park, NJ. My review is based on the Palisades Park branch, which has no seating and is strictly for takeout only. The shop is located behind a bus stop and maybe hard to find since the shop’s sign is entirely in Korean and is co-located with New York Meat Market, a Korean butcher shop. Parking in this area is limited, so be prepared to circle a bit.

Kyedong Chicken, like their competitors (Boom Boom), offers wings, drumsticks, a combination of both, or whole chicken in either soy or hot sauce. You can also get a combination of sauces in any order, medium ($14) or large ($20) size. All orders come with a side of Korean daikon radish and a choice of soda. Remember to pre-order prior to pickup because it can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes to prepare.

I had a medium order of wings and drumsticks with a mixture of half soy and half spicy. The skin was crispy and had good texture, but there’s nothing good I could say about the meat itself. It was very bland and lacked taste. For the price I paid, I would have been better off going to Boom Boom or Bon Chon, which is significantly better! I have however, heard that the Northern Blvd branch of Kyedong is worlds better and cheaper for that matter. If you really want to try Kyedong Chicken, I would suggest you skip the Palisades Park branch and head straight to Flushing.

Kyedong Chicken