22 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
Over in Koreatown, a crew of us started off our Saturday night with Korean BBQ at Jongro BBQ. They don’t take reservations, and the waiting area was densely packed by 6pm. We only had to wait 15 minutes for a table since we put our name down before 6pm, but rumors have it that the waiting time can climb up to two hours at peak hours.
For those unfamiliar with the wonders of KBBQ, it involves ordering plates of marinated raw meat, and watching as everything is grilled in front of you. For our group of four hungry bellies, we ordered two platters: the Pork Platter, and the Marinated Beef Platter.
Below, we have the Pork Platter that came with slices of pork belly, neck, and cheek.
Interestingly, the grill was tilted so that the pork juices melted off into the kimchi they threw on the grill as well. Everyone tends to have their own KBBQ eating preferences, but I personally enjoy eating my meat in a lettuce wrap, where I make a little lettuce burrito of meat, sauce, rice, and kimchi.
After we finished off our pork, our waiter changed our grill for the Marinated Beef Platter, which came with cuts of marinated ribeye, Kalbi, and Salchi. While the pork was definitely satisfying after a long day of walking around the city, in terms of flavor, it paled in comparison to the beef (below).
“The suggested meat platter meals are great for getting a comprehensive meal (thanks for letting me eat all of the steamed egg), but the beef was better than the pork,” Jenn reflected. “Also, I feel like them having to come cut up the meat for us was a stupid way to jack up prices. I left smelling like meat in the best way possible“
With tax and tip (and our two bottles of soju — pro-tip, go for the grapefruit soju), we paid ~$40 per person, but our stomachs were quite happy.
“A great place for a CIRCLE of friends,” Nirvan said of his experience.
All in all, I would wait a maximum of 30 minutes for this place. It was delicious, as KBBQ always is, but nothing out of the ordinary.