I’ve never tried the Kogi Korean taco truck in L.A. for myself, so I’m not touching the debate, but as you’ve probably heard, Seoul Station in the East Village started serving their own tacos. A bit of history… I was a big fan of Korean Temple Cuisine, which was in this space a couple years back. It was a nice “date spot” doing creative Korean cuisine, not the traditional stuff you get on 32nd Street. I was sad to see it go, but intrigued when Seoul Station opened in its place. I stopped in right away last year and thought it was pretty good. I’m not sure if I wrote about it though — my only complaint being that I prefer my bibimbap in a stone pot with the rice crispy on the bottom, and you can’t get that in a cardboard container. Since then I’ve noticed Seoul Station has had a hard time finding an audience, perhaps due to all the nearby Korean competition. Then I heard about the tacos and had to stop by. I suggest starting with one of the beef bulgogi tacos (above). It’s a little bit spicy, the tortillas are nice, and at $2 or $3/each (I forgot to check the price), you’re in for a treat.
Then try a spicy pork taco. With all the toppings, they may look the same as the beef, but that’s where the similarity ends. First, do not wear anything that stains easily because this thing is dripping with goodness. The flavor is bold, zesty, and addictive. I guarantee you can’t eat just one, and you might even become an addict like me. I’m planning my trip back for some time soon. I hope this place doesn’t get too popular because it’s tiny and seating could become a problem. But on the other hand, I want Seoul Station to stick around, so give it a try and let me know what you think.
They also have this 2% drink imported from Korea. It’s a little sweet for my taste, but Jenny Kim got all excited when she saw it for sale, since she’d had it in Korea last summer. It’s actually a nice balance to the spicy pork.
I'm Justin Schwartz, a cookbook guy and occasional food writer, and this blog is about what I'm up to these days. I'm the author of Veg Out Vegetarian Guide to New York City and The Marshmallow Fluff Cookbook. You can email me at justin at justinschwartz.com. I'm also on Instagram.
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