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Posted by Disappointed on 02/25/2009
I went in expected pretty good food as a friend who travelled to NYC recommended this restaurant. We had a group of 7, a few who have not had korean food before. 1. Food was OK. We only went for Dug-Bok-Ki (Spciy rice noodles). It wasn't bad, but I've had better. 2. Service was not good at all. I am korean so I know that service in a korean restaurant is going to be poor. But this was the WORST. After we ordered 1 soup, and 2 dishes of the duk-bok-ki, the server looked at us and said "This isn't enough". I assured them that it would be, that a few of us had eaten before coming. And they insisted that it wasn't enough telling us we had to order more. So we ordered one more. They then decided to move us to a different table (no reason given) that we had to squish into. After that, we constantly received glares and scoffs from the servers and manager. The kindest person was one of the bussers, who remained polite the entire time. 3. At the end, we decided to give very little gratuitity - obviously because the service was absolutely brutal. I should note that we had a whole dish of the duk-bok-ki remaining after all of this. When the manager saw this, he came over and asked if that is the tip. After responding yes, he gave a speech of how he's running a business and this isn't appropriate. And so I responded that he made us order more food when we knew we couldn't eat it all, we did order drinks, he made us move tables after finding out we weren't going to order a lot, and the treatement from the servers wasn't appreciated at all. He then said, "I understand, but I need to run a business". I shrugged my shoulders, he simply said "Ok. Thank you". And we left. Definitely not a good experience. I would imagine for a city like New York, you'll find a better place for korean food.
Posted by NotHappy on 12/25/2008
The food used to be better but it is slipping! Not only the quality but the portion is getting smaller. I'm not a big eater at all,I prefer quality than quantity Never order two serve of meat at the same time. We ordered 2 serve of each beef and pork. The beef was almost the same as 1 serve! I asked the waitress and she confirmed that it was the 2 serves portion. the pork slightly more than the beef. Very tiny thinly pieces of beef and they charged for $40! We were supposed to get the complimentary egg but none. They cook the beef on the table but asked if they can cook the pork inside,and it took them so long to bring out the pork.We have even finished the beef and still waiting for the pork even after we asked number of times.May be that's why our beef portion was so small so we cant compare the size to the pork.The bill came before you finished the meal.
Posted by HHL on 10/12/2008
I just went there with some friends last week, it was a shock. Three years ago, when I first tried Kunjip, food was tastier than how it's got now. Service has never improved, and food isn't as good.
Posted by food critic on 09/22/2008
this used to be my place to go, but not so much anymore. the food is now bland, the wait staff still rude now borderline barbaric, and worst of all, they stopped bringing out the free little egg appetizers, which was my favorite...bring it back!
Posted by Tara on 09/08/2008
I went here with a Korean coworker and it was amazing. I feel like I could go without a "guide" but then I've eaten in much more confusing places and I don't feel like it would be a problem, just a bonus if you do have one. She did warn me about the spiciness of the soups but I ordered the spicy pork bone and potato soup anyway and it was definitely not too spicy for my palate (I can't take extremely spicy). It was utterly delicious, and the amount and variety of the side dishes, the purple rice and then the toasty rice cooked in water and the dessert tea were oh so bounteous, fascinating, and yummy. This is my Koreatown place from now on when the line isn't too long. :)
Posted by Dr. Foodie-Ashley on 08/12/2008
I agree with the previous reviewer. I've been dining at Kunjip since it opened and it is the best Korean restaurant in NYC. Gravelydisappointed should go somewhere else with that bad attitude. Kunjip is very efficient and the waitstaff work their butts off trying to serve everyone delicious food. They not only deserve at least a minimum tip but a little "thanks" would also go a long way. The servers work non-stop and don't stand around for a second unlike the waitstaff at other American establishments. Remember, Korean restaurants are not a 4-star establishment so you shouldn't expect a service that you would get at Le Bernardine for a $400 dinner for 2. For a mere $8-$12, you get a delicious dish, tons of free side dishes, and freshly prepared rice. All the spices are imported from Korea and the Korean vegetables and other ingredients are very expensive if you were to make it at home yourself. Also, in Korea, a quick but efficient service is expected and that is why your check is given to you even before you ask. It is a cultural experience and I think Gravelydisappointed should have an open mind when dining at ethnic restaurants. I'm not Korean but when I ask other Korean customers what they would recommend, they are always very happy to help. I don't usually write reviews but I felt that Kunjip was unfairly misrepresented by Gravelydisappointed. Btw, I have a good number of friends who are executive chefs at NYC's top restaurants and Kunjip is where we go after they get off from work. Go figure!!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/01/2008
More hearty home cooking instead of the standard barbeque.