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, Iâ€™ve had better Bibimbap â€“ at Dokebi they sometimes donâ€™t heat the stone bowls enough so you donâ€™t get that tasty layer of charred rice on the interior of the bowl â€“ ask them to serve it â€œwell doneâ€ and you’ll be good. The Jap Chae and bbq on the other hand are awesome.
Finally, Dokebi wouldnâ€™t be a restaurant in Williamsburg if there wasnâ€™t something slightly alternative about it. For one, they always have great music here. Some nights youâ€™ll be treated to hours of 80s Classics like Joy Division, Pat Benatar, and Bon Jovi. Secondly youâ€™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!