Queens Represent! – Mapo Korean BBQ
And we’re back…
So much has happened since our last post. Thirty-three trapped miners in Chile were rescued. The San Francisco Giants(?!?) won the World Series. Andrew Cuomo won the gubernatorial election in New York making Allegations of Deliciousness’s “favorite”
chef Food Network personality, Sandra Lee, the first lady of our fine state.
Yes, I know we promised more regular posts as we transitioned from summer to fall, but like going to the gym, when you are not in a routine, it is hard to keep any momentum going.
No fear, dear readers. Inspired by this past Sunday’s annual running of the NYC Marathon, we’re trying to break our nasty habits long before New Year’s resolutions rear their ugly heads. I finally got my butt to the gym…and am giving you a long awaited post. I have no doubt that J. Frankfurter will soon follow suit.
Now, let’s get to the food…
While J. Frankfurter and I enjoy arguing over which of our respective boroughs is better, I have to begrudgingly admit that when it comes to authentic Asian food, Queens may have an edge over Brooklyn.
For Korean BBQ, my friends “Tracy and Don” suggested we check out Mapo BBQ. I grabbed two other friends, “Edna Krabappel” and “Sleepy Gonzales”, who are big fans of Korean food and took off for Flushing. Admittedly, Mapo BBQ is not easy to get to without a car (although there is a LIRR stop right across the street), but Tracy and Don were nice enough to pick us up at the end of the 7 line and drive us over.
Mapo BBQ is known for two things: (1) using charcoal, which is our preferred grilling fuel, instead of gas like most of the restaurants in Manhattan’s Koreatown, and (2) kalbi – deliciously marinated beef short ribs. Trust me. Order the kalbi. The quality of the beef, seasoning and perfect char from grilling (the waitresses cook for you) make the kalbi phenomenal. Everyone was also very impressed with the variety and quality of the banchan (little dishes of various pickles, salad and accompaniments that come at the start of the meal).
There is usually a wait out the door, but tables turn quickly thanks to the fast and efficient service of the ladies who work there. The ladies are also super nice and helpful. We got recommendations and plenty of refills on our preferred banchan dishes even though none of us spoke Mandarin or Korean (the two languages the ladies seemed to be more fluent in).
If you’re looking for the best Korean BBQ in New York City, trek out to Queens. While pricey and a bit of a journey, a trip out Mapo BBQ is well worth it.