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Top Korean Barbecue in America's Best Food Cities

Break out the tongs

Bulgogi at Gwang Yang in Los Angeles
Bulgogi at Gwang Yang in Los Angeles
Courtesy Gwang Yang

Korean Barbecue is in an exciting place in this country. There's a palpable variety and spirit driving the options far beyond run-of-the-mill bulgogi and sesame-drenched sprouts. Today in Chicago, you can grill your own beef liver, tongue, and heart at Chicago Kalbi, where Japanese baseball memorabilia fills the walls. At New York's Majang Dong, head to the backyard where you can settle into a pink stool as you drown yourself in soju, freshly-marinated kalbi, and 90's K-pop. And of course Las Vegas has a hotspot with a Korean barbecue buffet option: Jin Mee Korean BBQ Restaurant, .

Any Korean barbecue list would be remiss without Los Angeles. Home of the largest Korean population in the United States, its Korean barbecue restaurants rival those in Seoul, Korea. Go to Magal BBQ for impeccable detail and rare options like spicy marinated hagfish. Or dig into sides like Korean beef tartare at Gwang Yang BBQ. That's just the beginning. For more detailed information on Korean barbecue in America's top food cities, click your locale of interest below.

  • Austin
  • Soondae at Insa in New York City. [Photo: Khushbu Shah]

  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, DC