Ranked as one of the 101 Best Restaurants by food critic Jonathan Gold and named one of the 99 Essential Restaurants 2013 by LA Weekly, ‘Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong,’ is 678 Corp. (Korea’s leading restaurant group) and Korean wrestler and comedian, Kang Ho Dong’s sensational Korean BBQ restaurant. Upon its arrival in Los Angeles, it has become a landmark destination for local and international foodies in search of the best Korean barbecue in town. Baekjeong NYC strives to be the best that Koreatown, New York has to offer.
Borrowing its name from the Korean word for “butcher”, Baekjeong only serves high-quality meats and the offers a dining experience that emphasizes the most essential and unique qualities of Korean barbeque. In his glowing review of Baekjeong in the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Gold writes, “The food, while basic, is of surprisingly high quality.”
You can choose from a wide variety of premium beef and pork cuts, which will be cooked before your eyes on our signature tabletop grills. Each grill is uniquely designed to cook a variety of popular Korean side dishes, such as eggs, vegetables, kimchi and cheesy corn, in the trenches encircling it. You can enjoy your barbeque with refreshing a bowl of cold noodles, a choice of stew or our unique, shakable lunch box called ‘doshirak’.
Leading the kitchen is Chef Deuki Hong, a native of Korea who trained under Jean Georges Vongerichten, David Chang and Aaron Sanchez. He is currently working on his first cookbook about Korean cuisine, titled Koreatown, USA, which is scheduled for publication in 2016 by Clarkson Potter.
Upon being welcomed by staff with a hearty, Korean greeting, you will be seated at a table on which an impressive spread of banchan (traditional Korean side dishes) and barbecue condiments is laid out. We carefully select and serve only the most essential banchan, so that you can enjoy what Baekjeong is truly about our high-quality meat.
No Korean barbecue is complete without a bowl of cold noodles. Our radish water kimchi (dongchimi) noodles and spicy cold noodles are delicious and refreshing complements to a sizzling barbecue meal.
“Doshirak” our signature dish inspired by our nostalgia for the traditional Korean “lunchbox” meals packed for us when we were kids. We fill a lunchbox with various banchan and a fried egg, and shake it by your table to create a delicious, one-of-a-kind rice mix.
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Thrillist – The 9 Best Korean BBQ Joints in NYC “Good and buzzy enough that food world luminaries David Chang and Rich Torrisi recently hit it up together, this South Korean chain -- opened (rather awesomely) by a wrestler-turned-comedian -- planted its US flagship in the heart of Koreatown, where Momofuku vet Deuki Hong adds fine-dining finesse to BBQ staples.”
Tasting Table – The Best Korean BBQ in Koreatown in at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong “To pinpoint why exactly the restaurant has regular hour-long waits is beside the point; what matters is knowing you now have a prime-cut reason to spend the night in K-Town.”
#7 on NEW YORK MAGAZINE: Grubstreet Restaurant Power Rankings “The city's new Korean Barbecue destination is also, evidently, the hottest chef hangout and a killer late-night spot. “
Food Republic – “From my seat, it appears Baekjeong’s success can be credited to a few factors, which as Hooni Kim notes, has been lacking in Manhattan: modern design, focused menu, top-notch service and high-quality ingredients. “
Eater NY – Anthony Bourdain and NYC Food Royalty Feast on Korean ‘Cue at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong'