|Mill Korean Restaurant|
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Chinese and Japanese cuisine have infiltrated American palates to the point where ramen and sushi are readily available in supermarkets and there's a delivery Chinese place on every corner. That being said, Korean food is perhaps not quite as well known, a pity for those who like clear, balanced flavors with a good hit of spice. Luckily, Mill Korean Restaurant, just south of Columbia University, offers traditional food that even a native Korean can appreciate: the perfect initiation into this cuisine for the curious, and a great staple for those who can't live without their kimchi.Review By: Emily Monaco
Traditional Korean meals start with a variety of small dishes called banchan. You can often gauge the quality of a restaurant by its banchan, and Mill doesn't disappoint: lots of small dishes including sweet, fermented black beans, several kinds of the traditional spicy pickle known as kimchi (cabbage and radish feature in the small dishes), tiny dried anchovies and more grace your table. Refills of these little dishes are free, but don't fill up, as the best is yet to come.
One of the most well known Korean dishes is its particular style of barbecue, something that this restaurant is lauded for, especially with the student population. Barbecue dishes range from 12.95 for squid to 15.95 for beef short ribs, or 39.95 for a tasting plate for two. However, if you want to try something really authentic, go for one of the bibimbaps, a traditional Korean hotpot stew. The kimchi and pork dolsot bibimbap (21.95) is delicious and will fill you up. In summertime, opt instead for the bibim neng myun (8.95), cold seasoned buckwheat noodle soup with kimchi. Those who prefer less spice should go for the neng myun (8.95), the milder version of the soup that is no less refreshing.
The Mill caters well to its student population, offering good value and good food. Some have complained about slow delivery time, but grabbing a seat at the atmospheric, wood-paneled room and eating out of the traditional stone hotpots is part of the experience.
Neighborhood: West 90s & Up
Hours: Thursday-Tuesday: 11am-10pm
Entree Price: $10-$20
Payment: Accepts Credit Cards
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