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Posted by Davis JK on 11/03/2005
The area of the city is fantastic so that's a plus. An authentic Korean restaurant will greet you in broken English. Obviously, that's not the measure of how good the food will be. But it was a good indicator as we were being seated. An authentic restaurant will also bring you several side dishes - Koreans in general tend to judge their restaurants largely by the side dishes. Although the ONE offered was creative - the kimchi was okay to mediocre- the portions are offensively small compared to what you get in K-Town Flushing and K-Town Manhattan. Moreover, no one offered more side dishes, big faux pas, if we're saying the standard is "authentic". The bbq kalbi was not very good. Home cooked quality - definitely, but you could easily go buy some short ribs at an Asian grocery, look up a recipe online, and make them yourself just as good, probably better. There was a good amount of garlic, which is good, but otherwise, the ribs had so little taste that I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't even marinated. The tofu stew was subpar. Not hearty, needs more meat, more vegetables, and spicier. It tasted like someone used a packet of soup base from ramen noodles. The service was "Eh", I felt like everyone was treated like a tourist. The food's not good enough. Further, if you are looking for something to compare the food to, find someone Korean and eat at their house. You will eat better there than you will here, and you'll probably get a full glass of wine when you ask for one. I wouldn't recommend this place unless you are REALLY craving Korean food (as I was) and don't want to pay the cab ride cross-town towards Macy's.
Posted by bethypops on 04/13/2005
My husband and I love this place. We used to live a block away and used to get its take out weekly. Now we live 50 blocks away, so now we are only able get it once a month, sometimes even making a special trip to do so, but we still love it. The dok boki app is amazing, the seafood pancake is a must. Prices are affordable. I think it may be my fav restaurant in nyc.
Posted by buxter on 03/28/2005
Dok Suni is a slightly funky Korean restaurant that's a little different in that they play with traditional dishes, in a good way, and the service is pretty good. I wouldn't say it is authentic but still very enjoyable on the whole.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/28/2005
Very good restaurant, I enjoy the complimentary shot of tea.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/29/2004
This is by far the best Korean food in Manhattan outside K-Town. You just gotta trust me on this one - I consider myself a very harsh critic. Jeollado, Temple, Mandoo bar pale in comparison. Food at Dok-Suni does taste like *home-cooked* and is as *authentic* as it gets. Those K-expats feeling nostalgic and living in downtown would definitely appreciate this place. Considering how difficult it is to find K-restaurants that doesn't serve sushi or thai food (or fusions for that matter), this place is doing a pretty good job promoting Korean(nens) food too (well, Spring roll isn't exactly Korean, but hey..) Ask for extra spicy Dok-Bok-ki (rice cake). Usual Korean BBQs, Bulgogi, Deji-Bulgogi and Kalbi, are also pretty good. Service is ok.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/22/2004
every dish I've tried has been great - bring friends and share. friendly staff and decent wines.
Posted by JDAngel on 02/27/2004
When I moved to New York, my quest for Korean food was at the top of the list. My mother is Korean and an excellent cook so I was going to be a bit of a hard sell from the start. Dok Sunis is one of my favorite restaurants. It is also a bit famous because the restaurant (owners Jenny Kwak and mother) became a favorite of Quentin Tarantino and the word on the streets is that he liked it so much that he invested in the Kwak's 2nd Korean restaurant uptown. The positive things about it is: real Korean food (and flavors), great service and trendy Village location. I have seen celebrities eating in there, if that means anything to anyone. The negatives are: sometimes the quality is spotty and the prices are a bit high. One of my favorite dishes is bulgogi (which is strips of soy sauce and other flavor-infused steak)--sometimes it is excellent, sometimes ok. The one thing I find that always has the same quality is the appetizers. Every time I go in a group, we order the Dukbogi (sp?), Kimchee Kimbob and the eggrolls (crispiest and most delicious than I've had in any Asian restaurant) and they are always good. I also like the fact that you are provided with their cinnamon-infused drink at the end of the meal because some of the items you may eat are spicy (think Kimchee). I also find that although the price for appetizers isn't that bad as compared to other dining options in the City, the portions are on the small side. At best, each appetizer can serve no more than 2 people. Overall, a great restaurant and I go there frequently.