Thu 8 Feb 2007
Picnic Garden – Korean BBQ Kalbi Buffet Flushing
147-42 Northern Blvd
Flushing Queens NY
718 886 5050
Person #1: Dude, No Way.
Person #2: Way, Dude.
Picnic Garden Korean BBQ is place that I really didn’t think existed in NY – great Korean BBQ at a low price + buffet all you can eat style. Ok, so it’s a buffet which I didn’t really expect to be any good, but listen to this.
1) This place is run by actual Koreans (In otherwords, it’s not one of those imitation Cheap Chinese run restaurants – i.e. fake sushi, Korean, Thai, etc)
2) The customers are 90% Koreans
3) The food speaks for itself – they have Kalbi ribs, bulgogi beef, and marinated pork.
4) It’s just $20 a person
So before you say the quality probably sucks or it’s in the middle of nowhere. Yes, it is a hike out to Flushing but on the question of quality I would have to say that I was impressed. The Kalbi ribs, although a little thinner than you’d expect at most BBQ restaurants, taste great. At the center of each table is a gas grill and a semi-powerful vent to suck up the smoke (don’t wear your best clothes cause they’ll smell like Korean BBQ for a few days). The service is also pretty impressive – on a pretty frequent basis, they come by and help you flip your meats and replace your grills. Then again, maybe from their own research this gets people to hurry up and eat and leave.
My only complaint and this is minor is that they don’t have the spicy Korean tofu soup “Shi Ge” or however you spell it. This, you’ll need to special order on the side. Enjoy!
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