Second Avenue has some interesting spots to eat and I should probably go there more often. That is where we found BarKogi, a Korean restaurant serving traditional Korean specialties as well as some interesting fusion dishes, such as Korean fried chicken or a Korean BBQ inspired burger: the short rib bulgogi burger.
We reserved a table for a Sunday bunch, thinking that it might be crowded: it was not. I was glad in a way, as I like my meals quiet, until they blasted some music...I guess the Bar in the name says it all! At that point, I just wanted to get my dish and go, disregarding the dessert menu. The torture took longer than expected as they seemed to have some issues in the kitchen, the food taking a long time to come (they even forgot to bring Jodi the sous-vide egg she asked for her salad).
Before I explain to you what I think about the burger, I will start with Jodi's salad: it was a baby spinach shiitake noodle salad.
Definitely a large portion made with cabbage, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, baby spinach and noodle, served with a sweet sauce that gave some depth to the dish.
The sous-vide egg was an add-on that I recommend if you like runny yolks.
Then was the burger. The patty is marinated in soy, sugar, sesame and garlic and then grilled to a perfect medium temperature. It then sits between a non-toasted brioche bread, on top of a red onion, salad and a kimchi slaw.
Eating it was a bit messy, but I admit that it is a good burger, although I expected more of the sweet flavor the bulgogi gets in a Korean BBQ. However, the eight ounces short rib patty was tasty and juicy. There was a lunch special, so I got it for $10 with some truffled shoestring fries that were fantastic: you could definitely smell the truffle oil and taste it; the thin fries were deliciously crispy and cooked all the way through.
This was a succulent meal and I recommend trying their lunch special. Now, is it the best burger ever? Not for me: Five Napkin Burger or The Brindle Room are far better. But still, the bulgogi burger at BarKogi is worth the visit.
Enjoy (I did)!
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