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Posted by princeoftennis08 on 06/23/2008
Reviewer gravelydisappointed has given a bad account of what the restaurant is like. The only reason why they were wanting you to order in line was so that you would get your food right away, in exchange for waiting in the long lines. That way, after waiting for a while, you wouldn't have to wait even LONGER for your food to come out. In actuality, this restaurant is one of the best you can find (if not the best) in NYC's KoreaTown. The place is crowded, but the food is amazingly good, on par with the best places in Seoul. If you don't know what to order, then ask them what is good. Or ask a friend who knows Korean food. Any BBQ order is safe. Usually soups might be too spicy for American palates. The broiled fishes are great though. Many American diners tend to complain about Korean service ('they didn't refill my water cup'). But in Korean society, you must ask: "Waiter, more water please." And they will gladly do whatever it is that you ask of them. And the fact that they bring you the check early doesn't mean that they are shoo-ing you out the door. It means that they will clear the table for you. So, sit back, pay for your meal, and talk while you finish your drinks. But then, by no means should you be sitting there for more than 20-30 minutes after you have finished your meal. So, order bulgogi/kalbi/bibimbap/japchae if you want to be safe. The Godunger Gui broiled mackerel is one of the best dishes I've tasted in NYC, so get it if you are a fish-lover. The food here is great. Like I said before, if you are not Korean, it's best to bring a Korean friend who can speak the language well. That way, you can order a great dish, and also get the service you need. Sitting there quietly and expecting a waiter to fill your water glass will only end in disappointment at a Korean restaurant. If you get annoyed, then it is most likely that whoever is serving you will get annoyed too. What goes around, comes around.
Posted by gravelydisappointed on 04/09/2008
i was kind of curious about this place as it is always crowded so one day my friend took me there, but actually agreeing to go was the worst restauranting experience i have had in a LONG time. once inside i realized the only reason why it appears crowded is because the place is so TINY inside. while waiting on line, some lady kept shoving a menu in my face and badgering me asking me what i wanted to order...how am i supposed to know? and since when do you make that decision while standing in line? i was incredulous...but ok, i guess i can fly with a bit unorthodoxy...we stalled until we were finally seated at a barely wiped down table, without asking for drinks difft ppl kept approaching us asking what we wanted what we wanted at minute intervals...i finally ordered something that i wasnt very sure about as much as pressured into just getting bc the staff seemed so stressed out...they finally bring out side dishes, three to be exact, when typically im used to enjoying at least 7 or 8 side dished at most other places...and then the worst part is when my food finally came out after some anticipation, it was probably the worst korean broth stew that i've had at restaurant. there was spam and little sausage dogs in it, i dont cook, but i swore i could have made something that tasted better. i left most it where i found it and didnt leave a tip before storming out...you'll never find me waiting on THAT line again...
Posted by HSet0909 on 01/07/2008
This place serves very good Korean food! The line is typically very long, so I suggest that you call in advance to make a reservation before going. Overall, a good experience. We will go back again.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2007
Everyone has experienced bad service at restaurants in their life, but this place takes it to a whole new level. Where do I begin... First of all there is no wait list for a table, you literally have to stand in line. And make sure you are standing single file or you'll get yelled at by the angry hostess. They take your order while you're standing in line, so you better be quick at deciding, too. Soon you'll be shuffled to your table where you will be lucky to see your waiter more than once. Forget about water refills or another drink. The food was actually pretty good, thank god, or we'd have run out at this point. Those of you who like to linger over dinner or even finish your food will be in for a disappointment -- before you know it they'll be clearing your table and putting down a fresh napkin and chopsticks for the next victim. We'd had enough at this point and were ready to leave anyway. When I tried to split the check three ways I was told they could only charge 2 cards as the minimum charge was $20. I said fine, charge each card $20 (the total was $53, so the difference could be applied to their undeserved tip). That wasn't good enough -- another even ruder staff member showed up to tell us the minimum charge had suddenly become $50. Magic! After some insistence on my part they charged the cards as I requested, probably to just get us out the door. Never a thank you or a smile or a 'how is everything'. Unbelievable rudeness that is NOT worth the food, especially with the plethora of restaurants serving the same exact fare within a two-block radius. Forget this place.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/25/2007
This placed used to be good but the last time I went it was a big dissapointmenet for me and my friends. Our Jap Chae and Pa Jeon came out about 1 hr after we sat down and then they tried to take it away from us before we were even done. I will never go back to Kun Jip again and I suggest that you don't either.
Posted by food lover on 10/15/2007
I eat so much korean food and I think it's one of the best in new york! The bbq pork(without any marinate) is the best! the service would be much better during their non-peak hours. it gets very busy during lunch and dinner time. i enjoy their pancake,mandoo and a lot more too.
Posted by buzzzzz on 06/07/2007
GO and try the Korean BBQ. It's great. they cook somekind of fried rice infront of you after you are done with the b.b.q. That rice is spicy but goooooooood. Authentic Korean restaurant!