Korean barbecue might well be on its way to becoming as Americanized as the German hamburger, Italian pizza, and Mexican taco. Our love for fresh meat sizzling over an open flame is primal and deep, and Korean barbecue hits that spot.
In New York, there are two epicenters of Korean barbecue joints. With its prevalence of pre-pandemic 24/7 karaoke bars and restaurants, Manhattan’s Koreatown put Korean grill houses on the mainstream map. Flushing has a more spread-out distribution that feeds the community in Queens, where 60 percent of Korean New Yorkers reside; there, the soju still flows for the ajushis and ajummas (older men and women) on their apres-golf barbecue outings.
Here’s the spectrum of Korean barbecue in NYC: fancy with super-premium cuts of beef; low-key with specialties like duck and seafood; all-you-can-eat spots where you can gorge; and post-barbecue bonuses like bibimbap fried straight on the grill with kimchi.
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