Yogi BBQ Cart Is the Newest Korean Taco Contender

You would think that the Korean taco niche has reached capacity by now, but apparently not.  Yesterday Lunch’er Harry tipped us off to this new cart on the corner of 56th and Madison, and we had to see if the new kid on the block could hang with the big boys.

The cart offers tacos, gyros, and platters over rice (white or fried) with your choice of either teriyaki chicken, bulgogi beef, or spicy pork. Of course, for the sake of gluttony science, I went with one of each taco.

The tacos come individually and un-photogenically wrapped in foil and cost $2 for chicken, and $2.50 apiece for beef or pork. Each is wrapped with a single flour tortilla. This will be a sticking point for some, but I personally prefer flour over corn tortillas, so this was fine with me. The tacos are dressed with iceberg lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, and a squirt of their ginger white sauce- which is a mayo based sweet and tangy topping, almost reminiscent of Miracle Whip (which again I happen to like, but lots of people hate, so I’ll be interested to hear other people’s take on this sauce). They offer kimchi as a free add-on, so I added it on, of course.

Each of the meats were easily identifiable and had plenty of flavor. The spicy pork (pictured above) was not nearly as spicy as I would have liked, but the kimchi added some kick and the meat itself was tender and still had plenty of sweet Korean marinade flavor. The bulgogi was also tender and juicy. If I had to choose, it would probably be my favorite of the three, but I think they’re all worth a try. The chicken was also a win. The teriyaki flavor was prominent without being too saucy. Three tacos was definitely enough for lunch, I was stuffed afterwards.

While Yogi BBQ doesn’t offer the varieties of kimchi and veggies that Korilla does, with all of the controversy recently swirling around on this site, Yogi BBQ may come to develop a loyal following in this part of town. I’m also curious to see what a bulgogi gyro would look like…is Korean gyro the Korean taco of the future?

The + (what someone who likes this place would say)

  • I can’t get enough of Korean tacos, I can’t wait to try a new version!
  • Midtown East needs a new Korean taco joint now that I’m boycotting Korilla.
  • I prefer flour tortillas over corn on my tacos.

The – (what someone who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • Another Korean taco place? It’s time for a new food trend already!
  • Flour tortillas are so inauthentic.
  • When I see “Spicy Pork” I expect SPICY pork.

Yogi BBQ Cart, SW Corner of 56th & Mad.


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