145 Bleecker St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.728221 -73.999248
Mon. - Wed. 11am - 3pm;Thu. - Sat. 11am - 5pm;Sun. 11am - 2pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
Very good food, reasonable price, nice atmosphere – Choga is a great restaurant. The food is very good (especially the
Korean dishes, though the sushi is decent) and reasonably priced.
The management and wait staff are very friendly. And the vibe
Fish Cakes and Flaming Ice Cream – One of the most delectable items at Choga is the appetizer dukboki, a spicy red pepper broth with Korean rice and fish cakes nested in julienned vegetables. The rice cakes are soft yet satisfyingly chewy in the same instant, a pleasure for the mouth both taste and mastication-wise. The flat strips of ground white fish conceptually seem unappetizing, but that could not be farther from the truth. Supple on the tongue, they have a pleasant, unobtrusive fish flavor. The spicy broth may be the best part of the entire dish; savvy diners often retain additional sauce to use on main courses much to the bemusement of the wait staff. The dukboki is a substantial portion easily sufficing for two, but hungry diners will not find it difficult to finish alone. At $8.50, its certainly a bargain considering the complexity of flavors it presents.
Not bad, but not amazing. – The atmosphere of this 2nd floor restaurant was nice. The waitstaff was very friendly and attentive. The food overall was not bad, but I've had better Korean food, and for what I paid, I've gotten much more food. Didn't have the sushi, so I don't know what that is like there. But if you're looking for good korean food go to a korean bbq restaurant Korea-town (midtown 30s).
Wonderful hideaway restaurant – My husband and I love this place. It's an upstairs restaurant in the village, so you get a secluded feeling. The food is absolutely wonderful and fresh. Staff is friendly. One day we went in the rain, so they opened up their asian style windows and we could feel the warm wet summer air blow in and the sound of the rain was just so romantic. Reasonably priced, not crowded, food is fresh, drink is cheap. You just can't go wrong really.
mmmmm – try the bacon dish and the bim bop thing - really good- this place is yummy
Korean meets Japanese in this casual second-story spot. – In Short
Upstairs on west Bleecker's tourist strip is this Korean oasis that also serves a variety of Japanese dishes. The dining room is sparely laid out and features plenty of raw wood. Korean specialties include marinated Korean bacon sauteed with kimchee and tofu; create-your-own bibimbop with a wide choice of ingredients; and bulgogi with steak, chicken, or seafood. The Japanese quadrant of the menu offers shrimp tempura with noodles in broth; and a host of traditional and nontraditional sushi rolls.
YUM! – Wow! Popped in on a whim and will now be a regular! Great sushi and rolls, great Korean dishes and Woo Hoo!!! Chilled sake in a box!
a gem – this place is excellent, everything a restaurant should be. attentive service, great food (i think the korean dishes are better than the japanese ones) at a reasonable price, and i've never had a problem getting seated. if you do though just wait at the bar (yummy drinks!).
Choga means a hut, but it's the BEST hut – They have a variety of Korean and Japanese food, and every dish is delicious, even their small side dishes which are given for free !
They also do NYU discounts, which excludes taxes.
If you're in the area, you definately check this place out.
"Clandestine Korean" – If your desperate for Bi Bim Bop in the west village and don't want to go to the 30's or get stripped at Do Wha, Choga is a pretty reasonable alternative. Moderately priced, decent variety of Korean fare (sushi too). They don't have their act together on specials so stay away from those. No soju, but some sake selections and a friendly attentive staff. Great choice over most of the crap that lurks on Bleeker.
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