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Posted by Liz R. on 12/03/2010
For anyone who considers 32nd street "K-town" authentic or even GOOD quality food, pull your heads out your butt and breath in some good, homemade Kimchi. Woo Chon is by far a breath of fresh air compared to the rush and attitude of 32nd st half-ass Korean food. I have gone to every restaurant on 32nd and Woo Chon's quality of food is supreme, you may have different waiter each time but the food is for sure. Go eat and enjoy!
Posted by Korean on 12/20/2009
Used to go to the place since I was a kid with my family. This is an old school place without all the modern fancy decor and crappy food. The food is very good and generous in portions. The waitstaff and the hostess are all very kind and I have always had the same quality service every time I have eaten there so I'm baffled that people complain about the service. Korean restaurants can usually have very cold service. This is a place you go with more than two people where you share everything unless you have late lunch there. Highly recommend it.
Posted by anonymous on 03/28/2009
The wait staff spoke in perfect english probably to accommodate the 90% non-korean patron. This is the premonition to the fusion food to follow. The chicken potato pancakes were good but an unfamiliar combination of ingredients. The ginger in the kimchi was overwhelming when it should have been subtle at most. Contrary to the very definition of the dish, it was unfermented. The japchae tasted like chinese take out and the rice, the very basic of asian cooking was unforgivingly cooked with too much water, a juvenile mistake only someone new to cooking rice could make. Even my dining companion, who has only had eaten korean food 3 times prior commented that it didn't taste like korean food. If you're looking for authentic korean food, travel a few blocks south and endure the language barrier. If you're looking to settle for Woo Chon, save your self a few bucks: stay home and order chinese.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/14/2008
Best galbi I've had outside of LA. And the mandoo sui dumplings were terrific, too. Never seen more plates of "service", the little complimentary plates brought to the table, or in my case, packed in the carryout bag. Wonderful find!!
Posted by Steve on 10/31/2007
I've been to a lot of Korean BBQs in Manhattan, and found most are overpriced and don't taste as good as their outer borough counterparts. Woo Chon used to be, hands down, the BEST one in Manhattan, but somethings gone awry. Great food, great service, and lots of freebies ("service" as the Koreans like to call it) have been replaced by mediocrity all across the board. It just doesn't taste as good as it used to! I want my old Woo Chon back! Until then, I'll just have to settle for long trips out to Flushing or Palisades Park.
Posted by Erin on 12/10/2006
At 5 o'clock on a Saturday I went to this restaurant with my in-laws and husband. It was completely empty (this part of town, at that time of night ,on a weekend, makes for an empty restaurant...I think they are a work crowd place). We got THE BEST service we've ever gotten in any NYC restaurant! We ordered 3 different types of Korean BBQ to share between the 4 of us (the chicken, the prime rib and the spicy pork). All were fantastic (although the spicy pork was too hot for me). The beef (top of the menu) was my favorite! Also, we got about a million little dishes of pickled things with dinner and they were so much fun to try. The servers cook the food in the center of your table, coming by every few minutes to flip things or add more stuff. It is a long meal, but very enjoyable. They will give you more of any of the pickled dishes you like and are happy to give their opinions about the different foods. My favorite pickled things were the green apples, giant white radishes and the kimchee. The servers were incredibly friendly and a pleasure to talk to (although sometimes English was limited). They will also show you ways to enjoy the pickled food with the meats and different sauces at the table. Walking in (and walking on this crappy street in lower midtown) you may feel like this place isn't "nice enough" or the emptiness may spook you (it did me). Please don't turn around...this is very worth it. We had such a good time. Oh, and try the plum wine. It complements the food and the experience well.
Posted by Gloria Goldman on 11/26/2005
It was our wedding anniversity. And, we went up to the 2nd floor. We loved the food and privacy. Also, I loved set menu. I paid $40 bucks, and a lot of food comes out. I had exciting time there! I can't wait to eat again!