MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
The Korean barbecue of the moment is a short LIRR trip away, and well worth the ride. This was the first East Coast branch of (Korean wrestler and TV personality) Kang Ho Dong’s growing empire—and it is among the best in the city. A younger sib now resides in midtown. The menu is focused, the space is enormous, the air is clean and the service is friendly. Start your grill off with steamed egg, corn, cheese and more to cook along the sides, while marbled pork belly or deeply flavorful marinated skirt steak strips sizzle at the center. Bibimbap is a classic rendition, mixing beef seasoned with gochujang, vegetables, sesame, nori and crisp sprouts in a hot stone bowl-so hot that it sears the bottom rice to golden while cooking the raw egg on top.