charcoal barbecue korean restaurant Madangsui
Written by SAM SIFTONDEC2009 at Madangsui, the best Korean barbecue restaurant in Manhattan, most of the food started for a while and people at the table began to laugh.A small group of workers have been filling the table with small plates of banchan, the core side dish of Korean restaurant cuisine, which looks like a one-minute straight line.They add in this sumptuous bean paste casserole and the bubbling iron bowl of steamed eggs, bringing in a pile of bright green lettuce and salad, a small bowl of sesame oil and salt, the bean paste known as kochujang and the hot chili sauce.They serve delicious oyster pancakes, kimchi pancakes, steaming cellophane noodles, beer bottles, a cup of tea and sparkling wine, a lowKorean vodka.The table fills, fills, and fills, and at some point it starts to get ridiculous --There is no visible table anymore!—Someone is starting to laugh at the huge weight of this crazy overexperience.South Korea was poor for most of the last century.Under the guidance of Japan, it took nearly 40 years as a colony.After World War II, it was physically divided and suffered a great deal in the subsequent wars.These are of little benefit to feeding its citizens.It is no surprise that when the Korean Peninsula finally flourished in the 1970 th century (at least in South Korea), a moaning Committee also came.As we all know, there is nothing more secure than the inevitable economy of leftovers.AD madangsui doesn't have much to look at, really, just a long fluorescent-Luminous room with chocolate flavor, almost barnlike, with exhaust hood on the table, carpet in the center, leading to tea station, bathroom and kitchen.Customers run to send text messages to young Koreans while eating, office parties and passers-by to celebrateServices provided by local hotels;It's hard to imagine what New York food looks like.But it's also good to eat cricket.The advertisement says, of course, there are kimchi in banchan: Napa cabbage fermented with pepper and salt, which is the national dish of South Korea.There is also a zucchini version, a bok choy version, and a very nice bouquet of small pickled onion sprouts.Cold boiled bean sprouts with fragrant oil, salty dumplings seasoned with sweet vinegar, soft tongue, kissing at the rock club, right after the show.Boiled eggplant;Dried squid shreds fried with hot sauce;Occasionally there is a strange cold cabbage dish with some hot dogs or a crab in half.One can take an hour with chopsticks and be satisfied with the time spent.There's also raw beef, on a plate called yook hwe, freeze it a little, then go through the grinder and season it with sesame oil and raw eggs: Basically beef tartare, melt in your mouth.However, the real purpose of this restaurant is barbecue, barbecue your own food on the table, on the gas grill built into its center, still covered with banchan, not bright yetThat's why you're here.In due course you will get it: bacon and sweet tender beef wrapped in lettuce served as candy or tortillas.But first, a warning: the responsibility for the speed of eating in madangsu belongs only to the restaurant.The service at the restaurant is warm and almost efficient.Be sure to order appetizers.There is a long list on the menu, including steamed peas, fried tofu and Korean dumplings known as full fights.Ignore these.But for some pancakes and silky mushrooms in the restaurant-Inlaid jap chae, glass paper noodles stir-Fried with soy sauce, vegetables and a few pieces of beef.These, paired with salty, sexy oyster pancakes, are the right introduction to the restaurant's large and addictive flavors;They help align the brain.Also ordered a bowl of spinach soup, bubbling in a hot environment and restoring vitality;Alternatively, you can try mool naeng myun, a thin buckwheat noodle stacked in cold support broth.But don't ask for your BBQ yet.Diners who order soup and appetizers at the same time as matansu's main course will receive the main course before the appetizer, which is usually much more.The wrench was thrown into the project.Be firm at this point and be happy.What they said in their Latin class was Praemonitus praemunitus: The forearm was forewarned.Please click on the box to verify that you are not a robot.The email address is invalid.Please re-enter.You must select the newsletter you want to subscribe.View all New York Times newsletters.Great BBQ: fresh, sparkling butter-like short rib, thinSlice of ribeye, bris, tongue.There are pork belly and huge mushrooms;There are prawns.Some of the meat is plain, then seasoned with salt and pepper and a little bean paste in a piece of fragrant oil.Other in marinade, or in soy --based, fruit-It almost reminds people of the thickened figure of red fever, or bear with garlicky of kochujang, and the sting in his mouth can lead to sweat and more laughter.The pork is very delicious.Perhaps the best is the plain buttery short rib known as saeng galbi.The advertised waitress reallocates the wealth on the table in order to clean up the stainless steel top of the grill.The runner then removes the top and lights up the gas stove below.This service is left from the most common days of the grill driven by glowing charcoal, which is brought from the kitchen by men with thick leather gloves.(There are still Korean restaurants in Manhattan that use live ammunition, most notably Tang Bul on West 32 th Street, which is a great place to eat, but the quality does not match Madangsui.The waitress then put the meat on the grill with pliersAn improved broiler potLet it bubble and spit.She will come back soon to cut it with sharp scissors and turn it like this.Traditionally, the barbecue in the Korean restaurant is the responsibility of the waiter.At Madangsui, this may mean almost crazy attention to the progress of each piece of protein, which is stimulated with pliers.If you like a little more char on your bulgogi, announce that you will cook it yourself.No eyebrows raised in the case of self-barbecueconfidence.Now use chopsticks to drag a piece of cooked meat through a mixture of sesame oil, salt and pepper.Put it on the fresh long leaf bread in the other hand in a tortillas way.In addition to that, there are some Banchen, some slaw, maybe a bean paste or kochujang or two.Eat: Paradise in Midtown, and cold beer.The dessert is an orange cut into eight points.Full of magic and joy.Ma Tang Su★35 West 35 Street, Midtown (Fifth Avenue;(212) 564-9333;madangsui.com.The atmosphere is informal, welcome, a little smoky.Moderate volume.The recommended dishes are tasty pancakes, pickled soup, cold broth noodles, yook hwe, saeng galbi, bulgogi, dweiji bulgogi.You will only be disappointed with the wine list.Drink beer and cucumber.The price of appetizers and soups is $4.99 to $17.99;barbecue, $20.99 to $27.99.11: 30 a day.m.to 11 p.m.Breakfast is Galbi.Reservations for Friday and Saturday nights may be busy and it is recommended to book a few days in advance.Otherwise, call the day you come.Major credit cards.The wheelchair access restaurant is located on the first floor.Access is available but not in the bathroom.The star means a rating from zero to four stars and reflects the reviewer's reaction to food, atmosphere and service, taking into account the price.Menu lists and prices may change.35 West 35 th Street, Fifth Avenue, South Korea564-9333madangsui.ComMenu singlepage.com/madangsui-2 Price $ (medium) booking wheelchair access is not accepted. The meaning of the stars is from zero to four stars.Zero is poor, fair or satisfactory.One star, good.Two stars, very good.Three stars. great.Four stars, extraordinary.The information updated last time was: November.2018 this restaurant was rated as "one star ".A version of this review appears on page f 6 of the National edition on December 9, 2009 with the title: Wait, is there any more?.Order reprint | today's newspaper | subscribe we are interested in your feedback on this page.Tell us what you think.