Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, or Baekjeong for short, is NYC's premiere Korean BBQ establishment. Frequented by foodies and chefs, Baekjeong was a favourite haunt of the late Anthony Bourdain. Baekjeong is known for its raucous atmosphere, excellent cuts of prime meats, and copious amounts of flowing alcohol. Our evening did not disappoint.
We managed to secure one of Baekjeong's upstairs private rooms where each table has its own built in grill. As per Korean tradition we started the night with Soju and Beer. Soju is a Korean liquor that lands somewhere between a sake and a vodka. The soju is added to the beer, accelerating the start of the evening. Korean BBQ is always served with a variety of Ban Chan (or starters) that consists of a variety of small plates and salads. We added to our starters a delicious beef tartare that included sesame oil and a quail egg. This was universally well received. Following the apps, an Argentinian Malbec began to flow. This full-bodied offering with notes of blackberry and plum was the perfect segue for what was to come...
The meat course that is cooked table side started with a thinly sliced brisket. Eaten on its own or dipped in the soy/wasabi sauce and wrapped in a marinated daikon radish, this is a delicious bite. Prime rib eye followed. Cooked individually to the diners choice, the rib eye is best eaten with the slightest dip into the small bowl of salt each diner is given. Lastly, the marinated short rib followed. Typically marinated in a fruit puree/soy/garlic mixture, this meat is tender, flavourful and the slightest bit sweet.
Dessert was an additional order of the short ribs and a glass of whisky...keeping true to the Korean traditional of meat and drink. We had a dedicated server who graciously and efficiently took care of our needs and the private room was comfortable and still afforded a view of the main dining room through the all glass wall. This was the first Korean BBQ outing for several of the Steakboyz and everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong – NYC
1 East 32nd Street
Phone: (212) 966-9839