Report and photos by Lauren McGrath
Seats were hard to come by at the Dine-Around January 7th at Yoon Haeundae Galbi NYC. The original family restaurant was founded in 1964 in Busan, South Korea, and Amy Lee, the NYWCA organizer, has been a regular at the NYC location since it opened in April 2018. The original restaurant's founder's grandson, Bobby Yoon, was the gracious host of the event.
Yoon explained about his family business and the differences between this location and the one in Korea: over there people have their own individual banchan (Korean small plate appetizers) and they also take charge of their own grills. At our event, the waitstaff dexterously handled all the cooking and explained the various cuts of beef and other dishes, which included a popular soy bean-based soup, a shrimp and scallion pancake, many cuts of super tender and well marinated beef, and some particular delicacies from the bones, as well as delicious potato flour noodles finished in the beefy cooking broth around the edge of the grill.
The atmosphere was festive and convivial and it was particularly nice to gather around the communal grills with fellow members while further exploring Korean cuisine.