New Korean BBQ Truck to Serve Bulgogi Dogs & Korean Tacos
Even if Kogi BBQ does end up opening a truck in Midtown, as promised on Monday, they won’t be the first cart serving Korean tacos here. That distinction will probably go to a brand new “Korean BBQ” cart that popped up this week on 50th btw. 6+7th, in the same exact spot that used to belong to the Happy Well Being House Cart. More like the Bulgogi Cart on 49th than the Happy Well Being House Cart (which had fried fish, and grilled chicken), this new Korean BBQ cart has bulgogi and “shortribs” (or their boneless version of kalbi.) But what caught my eye was at the bottom of the menu: bulgogi hot dogs, and Korean tacos. Hello!
Sadly, though, the cart wasn’t ready with the hot dogs or tacos, so I had to settle for a standard combo plate of bulgogi and short ribs.
Both meats were fine, and the bulgogi had good flavor- but it wasn’t so much better than the Bulgogi Cart on 49th (which also gives you kimchi and japchae.) The Korean BBQ Cart tries to make up for that by giving you a single dumpling, along with white rice and salad- but the dumpling was not that good. For $6 it’s a tiny bit cheaper than the 49th street cart but not good enough, or different enough for me to get super excited- and HWBHC fans will still miss their beloved Korean fried fish cart. But clearly the bulgogi hot dogs and Korean short rib tacos are going to be the main draw of this cart. They hope to have both available by next week.
As for the halal vendors who intimidated the Happy Well Being House Cart out of the very same spot, the guys who run the new cart heard about that and seem to be ready. As to whether or not they’ll last, that’s a different story. I can say this though- as excited as I am to try their short ribs in taco form, my hunch is that Kogi has nothing to worry about.
Korean B.B.Q. Cart, 50th Street btw. 6+7th