Dokebi Korean Restaurant Williamsburg Brooklyn NY – Jap Chae BBQ Bibimbap
199 Grand St (between 1st St & Bedford Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Last Friday’s Wall St Journal Food section featured an article entitled “The New Hot Cuisine: Korean”. Really? According to the author, it’s new cause Kim Chi is appearing on the menus of various notable restaurants such as Chicago’s Blackbird or NY’s WD~50. The article is also a nod to David Chang’s empire of Korean inspired Momofuku restaurants. Personally, I think that whole section of the article was just filler so more contextual ads could be sold on the page (I work in digital media). I did like the bit on the twitter location posting enabled Kogi Korean Taco trucks in LA. That’s rad dude! I can’t wait till they open in NY.
In the meantime, out in Williamsburg there’s just one Korean restaurant that I know of. It’s named Dokebi and it’s located on the south side on Grand off of Bedford. They have a full spread of Korean dishes including Jap Chae, stone bowl baked Bibimbap, and Korean bbq. First time I went to Dokebi was to meet up with my old friends Kim (who funny enough we nicknamed kim chee) and Trish a year and half ago. Since then it’s been a favorite place to fulfill those Korean food cravings. Just a note, I’ve had better Bibimbap – at Dokebi they sometimes don’t heat the stone bowls enough so you don’t get that tasty layer of charred rice on the interior of the bowl – ask them to serve it “well done” and you’ll be good. The Jap Chae and bbq on the other hand are awesome.
Finally, Dokebi wouldn’t be a restaurant in Williamsburg if there wasn’t something slightly alternative about it. For one, they always have great music here. Some nights you’ll be treated to hours of 80s Classics like Joy Division, Pat Benatar, and Bon Jovi. Secondly you’ll find a dark back room that features a full bar with a huge selection of scotch. Great place to start or end your meal. Interestingly, Dokebi means Devil in Korean. Ha Korean, the new hot cuisine indeed!