Upon being seated, we were provided multi-page, plasticized menus with vivid, easy(-ier) to identify pictures along with the Korean names and minimalist English descriptions. But go with your gut, or be guided with recommendations from your "servant": they are knowledgeable and helpful... if a little deficient in the mother land's tongue. Pointing always works wonders. Seated at the rectangular table, a metal cover was lifted off the center to reveal an electric grill... you'll cook your own dinner to taste if you order the right things. We did not, however, order the right beverage: a syrupy plum wine that might have passed as potable for a dessert wine was less than ideal paired with funky kimchee and vinegary pickles. And those are not to be missed.
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Each bite could be vastly altered with a touch of soy or kimchee or a bite of spicy shredded turnips. Probably the condiments team up better with a carnivorous selection for the grill (note to you), but I do love me my mushrooms.
Although the menu has a section titled "Dessert & Drinks", it is really only a list of tipples. But refreshing slices of juicy orange are post-prandially provided: probably all you'd want given the absent prestige of Korean pastry in the U.S. And even if you got the accidentally got the plum wine to drink with dinner, hopefully there's a swig left in the bottle to perform as its only redemptive function.
35 West 35th St New York
Tel: (212) 564-9333