For years, DoSirak has been my neighborhood go-to spot for minimalist and clean Korean food. They do a brisk takeout service, and keep their classic Korean dishes on the light and healthy side. It's hard enough to find good Korean food outside of K-town, and to have one right off Union Square? Perfect!
Their Bulgogi Japchaebap is my favorite dish on the menu, generous with the simultaneously sweet and savory bulgogi tangled in the vermicelli noodles, fragrant and stir-fried with sesame oil. Plenty of vegetables round this dish out—thinly sliced carrots, onions, and peppers. Whereas many restaurants load up on the noodles, leaving you with scraps of vegetables and meat, I enjoy the version here for the flavor as well its fine balance of ingredients. It comes with a heaping side of steamed white or brown rice which could easily double as another meal when paired with the Mool Mandu—steamed dumplings, six to an order, featuring a mix of pork, tofu, vermicelli noodles, chopped bean sprouts, and scallions tucked into paper-thin skin. Supple and meaty, dipped into a side of their scallion-laced soy sauce. They do a fried version, but the steamed one is significantly better.
30 East 13th Street, New York NY 10003 (map)
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.