I met up with a friend for lunch one day, and we grabbed Korean food since she worked close to Koreatown. She took me to a restaurant that I had never been to called Don’s Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar. It was going to be more expensive than your average lunch, I thought, since the restaurant is located close to Midtown and it’s Korean food. Normally, these two things on their own would ring EXPENSIVE to me. However, Don’s Bogam had a pretty affordable lunch menu.
I ordered the Marinated Galbi Bibimbap (pictured above). To my knowledge, bibimbap is one of Korea’s signature dishes. In this version, rice and vegetables are served in a hot stone bowl. This style of bibimbap creates a crust at the bottom of the bowl that many people enjoy eating including myself. The word galbi in the dish’s name is Korean for short ribs. I don’t know how Korean’s do it, but their meat dishes are SO good.
Above is the banchan that we got. One of the reasons I like going to a Korean restaurant are these complimentary small dishes you get at the beginning of your meal.
Below is the dish my friend ordered, which is called Nakji-Bokkeum. It’s sliced octopus and assorted vegetables stir-fried in a spicy sauce. I had a taste of it, but it was a little too spicy for me. Unfortunately, I have a low tolerance for spicy foods (SHOCK!). I hate that it restricts what I can eat, especially Korean food.
There’s one thing I wanted to make sure to mention. Don’s Bogam is unique compared to any other Korean restaurant I’ve been to in Manhattan in terms of the design of the restaurant.
Here, you don’t have your normal seating arrangement. Instead, short tables and leg-less chairs sit on a raised platform above the floor except the area underneath the table, which is recessed for your legs.