For the best galbi (marinated ribs) in the city, head to Seo-Seo Galbi in the university neighborhood of Sinchon. This no-frills hangout has been super popular with locals since the 1960s, evidenced by the long lines that stretch around the corner starting as early as 4pm. Although the restaurant operates on a strict standing-room-only, first-come, first-served basis, it is more than worthy of a visit. The establishment uses only high-quality domestic beef, the preference among locals. Beautifully seasoned ribs, which happen to be the only item on the menu, are served raw with the traditional fixings: a mouth-watering dipping sauce and red pepper paste. Grill it yourself while sipping shots of soju, Korea's most popular spirit. You'll be surprised at how well the two go together. Seo-Seo Galbi is noisy and smoky and chaotic, making it the perfect locale to partake in Seoul's boisterous after-work dining culture, as well as to enjoy a quintessentially Korean experience. Get there early or risk missing out on the coveted ribs—they sell out quickly, even on weeknights.
109-69 Nogosan-dong, Mapo-gu
Our Rating Neighborhood Sinchon Hours Daily noon–8pm or until sold out Transportation Exit 7 of Sinchon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Phone 02-716-2520 Prices Galbi ₩14,000 per 150g (1 serving) Cuisine Type Korean Web site Seo-Seo Galbi
Map109-69 Nogosan-dong, Mapo-gu Seoul
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