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Posted by mzjoolz on 02/16/2007
it was crazy crowded when we stepped into "Restaurant Forte" Baden Baden. i always wondered what BBNY was... i always walked by the sign without thinking twice about it. i was going to try BonChon/BonBon down the street- but from the reviews, i decided BBNY would be a better choice. we walked into a mad-house. it was bustling with people chatting, grey's anatomy & the houston rockets on TV, beers and soju shot glasses clinking, large groups of after-workers cheering, etc... usually these kinds of things irritate me a lot. we were almost going to leave until all the servers and bartenders started to greet and "in-sah" (bow to us in respect). hmmm... maybe we'll stay. lol. we waitied for a seat at the bar. it was 10pm and the whole place was packed. great views of koreatown by the window, seemed like a decent spaced place- we just happened to drop by on the busiest night in New York. afterwork thursdays. i liked the vibe. usually, i cringe at other koreans yapping away and just being in my personal space- but not here. no "once-over stares", no "gossiping", no annoying middle aged men bothering us, no servers ignoring our presence... everything was pretty "smooth sailing". the music selection was current and upbeat- the soju selections weren't bad at all.. they go for 12.95 and up. we drank about two bottles and were feeling pretty nice. the delicious smell of Tong-Dak (fried chicken) wafts in the air. i couldn't take it anymore and ended up ordering the small Tong Dak. it was very moist and tantilizing in my mouth. i haven't had the stuff in years! trust me, all those delicious entrees coming out the kitchen will tempt you to order each time they're brought to someone else's table. anyway, i'll def. be back. loved the service, the atmosphere, the food, the drinks, and location
Posted by Maru on 01/12/2007
This funky, homey, unpretentious place specializes in rotisserie-fried chicken. The chicken is great and there's lots of it. It also offers Korean specialties, but my husband and I went for the chicken and it was outstanding. It's served with French fries or onion rings -- the fries looked undercooked, but in fact they were perfect -- crisp and delicious. If you're two, as we were, you can order the small (we ordered the large size and while we ate it all, it was really huge!). We got out of there for $33 and enjoyed the ambience -- young Korean crowd, wood-paneled, old-fashioned bar feeling. Not fancy or romantic, but great before a game at the Garden.