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119 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 7th St.
Not Koreatown Korean, which is a good thing
By garbanzo on 9/18/2006
My favorite NYC Korean place. Nice mix of traditional Korean dishes (excellent kim chi) and some nice "extrapolations," although I wouldn't call it fusion. With their 20 page menus, I find many of the Koreatown restaurants to be too broad and not terribly good at anything (and the BBQ thing isn't what Korean cuisine is all about). Dok Suni has good, solid food and the vibe of a neighborhood restaurant.
An Average Place
By cateljo on 11/22/2006
Nothing special. Food was ok, but definitely not exceptional, as compared to similar-level korean restaurants in the city. Freezing cold when approaching to closing time.
By hautepanda on 3/11/2007
At Dok Suni's, you pay about 50% more than you would in K-town for food that's familiar, reliably tasty, and won't upset your stomach. The bulgogi is delicious, fatty, sweet, and comes with raw garlic cloves and crisp salted squares of nori. The bi bim bap is comforting and nourishing. The servers are attractive, laid-back, and totally fluent in English. You get little shot glasses of a sweet-ish, dessert-ish tea at the end of the meal. It's a nice low-drama, low-risk place to take friends.
As If You Could Be Soo Lucky!
By bigmommadeed on 10/21/2008
Stepping in, I should have known that it was going to result in absolute misery by the music. An angry bitchy Korean girl approaches my table about 5 times within 5 minutes of me looking at the menu, rushing my order without offering me a drink. Skipping over to the food. I ordered Korean ribs and the mackerel dish. The ribs were extremely flavorless for korean ribs and cold. The mackerel was inedible. It was as if they had the fish frozen in the freezer for a few years. I couldn't even get drunk to forget my awful meal, because the super bitchy Korean girls wouldn't come back after the food was delivered. The unpaying little kid in the stroller sure did get GREAT service.
By leeniest on 12/13/2008
I love this place, great atamosphere, good for dates or groups. I definitely have my favorite dishes: a saketini with spicy ribs, beef bulgogi and potato pancake - delish
Horrible Korean Food
By lulunyc on 1/3/2009
As a Korean-American, I was pretty surprised how bad the food was after hearing people rave about the place. The food is definitely altered for a Western-palate and what should have been spicy or flavorful was often overly sweet and bland. It annoys me when people tell me how good the place is and how much they love Korean food after going to this place. How could they when they had some weird, americanized version of Korean food that in many ways doesn't resemble what it should in terms of taste? Also, having a waitress try and explain to me what the dish was and how it should taste was quite something, given that she was incorrect or missed the point at best. I recommend skipping this place and going to K-town instead. At least you won't have to pay for apps that should come free. The odd thing is the restaurant isn't serving particularly complicated or time-intensive dishes. Most people can make the food using ingredients found in many NY stores.
Bad Food...Worse Service
By Hemps on 6/3/2009
As a long time reader of NYmag, and a firm believer in the Critic Pick, I left this restaurant distraught. The spicy pork ribs were anything but spicy, and when I asked the waitress for some Sriracha, or any spice to heat things up, she looked at me and said we don't have anything like that, with quite the attitude. I went with 3 other people and no one really liked their meal. Sub par food is one thing, but when i get attitude from the waitress...game over. 5% tip. Thank you very much. I will never be going back.
Good Not Great
By kdove on 12/9/2011
As a Korean American, I can tell you this place caters to Americans. Spicy means mild. Even the soy sauce (which they make themselves) wasn't strong enough so we asked for the regular kind (like you would buy in the grocery store). It's not my mom's homemade Korean cooking but it is good and I think most people would enjoy the food. However, if you want authentic Korean, this is not your best bet.
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