Location: 162-23 Depot Rd. Queens, NY (nr Broadway stop on LIRR)
Price: $17 for one serving of pork belly
Sometimes I think to myself that if Flushing, Queens didn’t have so many good Korean restaurants out there, I would never really step foot into the borough of Queens. That maybe the case but, since I have an itch for GOOD Korean food on a regular basis, I have make my pilgrimage at least once a month (oh yeah…forgot I have family out there). One of my pilgrimages always include the best place in NYC (as far as I know so far) for Korean style Pork Belly (Sam Gyup Sal) at Tong Sam Gyup Gui. The restaurant might be hard to find for non-koreans because the name of the restaurant is written in Korean but has a bizarre English name (N.Y. D.D.M. Migliore Restaurant) which seems to have no logical relation to the Korean name. In addition, as if the restaurant couldn’t get any more oddly authentic, the entire menu is written in Korean and the Mexican waitress there speaks Korean.
With all this “Korean” ambiance in the air it’s hard not to enjoy the thick slabs of juicy Pork Belly on the giant grills. They pretty much bring all the pork belly, kimchee, and bean sprouts out together and everything goes on the grill to form a perfect pork feast. The flavors of the ingredients come together very well and once you’re done with the meat, they bring out the bibimbap (mixed rice w vegetables) to grill on the very same grill the meat was cooked. The flavors and juices of the meat get infused into the bibimbap mix and make for almost a perfect ending to a great porky Korean meal.