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Dok Suni - 26 Reviews - 119 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003-2963, New York, NY - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (212) 477-9506

Dok Suni

119 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003-2963
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-9506
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this is one of my e.vilage favourites. food is yummy, staff is friendly, and having a young owner really helps to make this a great small place to yummy korean food.



Dok Suni, it's great if you want average Korean food in the chic East village setting. The food doesn't match w/ either Korean towns in queens or the west 30's. P.S. the recipie...

Slightly better than other Korean places... 9/28/2009

Slightly better than other Korean places downtown, but it's also a bit more expensive. more

Slightly better than other Korean places... 9/28/2009

susan Provided by Partner
Slightly better than other Korean places downtown, but it's also a bit more expensive. more

yummy. 8/8/2007

this is one of my e.vilage favourites. food is yummy, staff is friendly, and having a young owner really helps to make this a great small place to yummy korean food. more

korean food is good 10/28/2006

I think this is the best korean you can get in les- if you want better ask my mom or go to flushing. the food is great but the portions are kinda small especially considering the prices. The place is really tiny so don't go with a huge group more

Yummy food and very friendly staff! 9/29/2006

We went for a friend's birthday with 5 people. The table was cramped but it worked better because we were all sharing food. The chilean sea bass, the pork and the dumplings were all delicous. Try the So-Yo specialty cocktail. It's made with potato vodka and some yogurt drink that is popular is Korea. I wish they sold it everywhere because it was incredibly yummy. Pros: friendly staff, yummy cocktails more


I took my boyfriend, who is Korean to DOk Suni for his birthday. We both agree the food isn't as traditional as K town but really loved it anyway. It was very delicous, he had the bulgogi and I had the jalepeno chicken. The finishing shots of cinnamon tea were so spicy and lovely! Pros: Creative Menu, Abience more

Good taste but small servings 6/20/2006

The food in this restaurant tastes good but they do not give you as much as you would get in Koreatown. My favorites are the tofu in the mixed appetizer that they give and the kalbi and bulgogi dishes. Service is pretty efficient. All in all a good place to eat especially on a weekday evening when it is not too crowded. more

Best Bulgogi Around 5/16/2006

Dok Suni is a slightly funky Korean restaurant that's a little different in that they play with traditional dishes, in a good way, and the service is pretty good. I wouldn't say it is authentic but still very enjoyable on the whole. Everything I've had is delicious- they just know how to get all the spices right at this place- I especially ejoy the Bulgogi, Kimchi Pancake and Tender chicken. They also serve a side of pickled vegetables and tofu with each meal-out of this world! A fun place to experience with friends, the complimentary shot of cinnamon tea at the end of the meal is a nice touch. more

Dok Suni needs some doctoring 1/19/2006

Went in December '05 with a friend. Pros: Location and Price. Cons: Food average. Service ok. Ambience nothing special, just regular neighborhood place. Overall: ""Dok Suni"" has received great reviews elsewhere, but honestly, don't waste your time. I know Korean food and if that's what you want to eat, just go to Korea Town, for crying out loud! Pros: Cheap, Location Cons: Food mediocre, Ambience boring more

Good food 9/21/2005

The food here is good; however, it could be a bit more spicier. more

Overrated 2/12/2005

I took my Korean mother here because it was recommended by a friend. My mother complained through the whole meal because she said the food looked like ""leftovers and scraps"". It's trendy, sure, but you'd be better off going to a Koreatown place if you really want good Korean food. more

1st timer 12/9/2004

Went here last night on a recommendation from my fiancee's boss. We were not disappointed. The service was great once we ordered, and the food was fabulous. We had: sticky ricve appetizer, it was nice and spicy, exactly what i wanted; spring roll; jalapeno chicken; and dok suni gui, which had slices of garlic in it which suited my taste perfectly. Would definitely recommend, We will be back! Pros: Decor, Great Food, Great Service Cons: , Somewhat Cramped more


Jalapeno chicken is beyond delicious. I am a regular at DoK Suni and recommend this place if you love Korean food. A bit busy some nights, but worth the wait. Decor does not compliment the food. more

Hip & glorious! 7/23/2004

Stephanie, our waitress, RULES! We love this place. The food is inventive and delicious. The wine .... great values. The atmosphere is sexy and romantic - a great place to take outtatowners to show them a REAL New York experience - it's small, hip and GOOD. We love this place. Don't tell your friends! ;) Pros: food, service, lighting more

yummy 2/24/2004

I just love this place. The people that work there are friendly, the food is awesome and the orange saketini's, well lets just say they are very good. If you are trying this place for the first time and like your food spicy - try the sticky rice appetizer. Delicious! Oh and the place is a little small and usually gets crowded by 7:30pm so go early if you want to be seated right away. Pros: good food, friendly more


I went here on a date during the week and waited for a mere ten minutes. The staff was very friendly and the service was quick. The place is small, so I can see why people would have to wait for a long time on busy nights. It gets crowded even on slower nights! The bulgogi and bebimbop are yummy! I am not familiar with Korean food but the waitresses were patient and helpful with the menu, asking me what kind of food I liked and stuff like that. Check out the drink list! I think some of the bad reviews scared me away before, but some people just need to be a little nicer when they eat out. I had a great experience here and this is my new favorite date night spot! Pros: the food & the drinks, ambience, service Cons: no credit cards, no reservations, crowded more

Can't Go Wrong 10/15/2003

If you are new to Korean, this is where you should start. Perfectly and adventurously spiced, though a bit overpriced ($16 for bulgoki-a teriyaki-like beef dish), Dok Suni does it right. Skip appetizers and go right for the WonBok Kimchee soup, and one of the main entrees, which is often enough to share. The biggest drawbacks are long waits and music that is NOT conducive to digestion. Pros: Consistently Tasty, Good Lighting, Easy on the Newbies Cons: 80s Rock Music, Unfriendly Bartenders, Long waits more

New to Korean Cuisine? 6/27/2003

Want to try Korean food but too timid to venture onto ""Korea Way"" (32nd Street)? Dok Suni's menu will give you a general but good idea of what to expect at a typical restaurant. Even though entrees are neatly described in plain english, the staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Dining with company familiar with the cuisine can help to explain things like bonchon (small pre meal dishes), but it's not absolutely necessary. For you hardcore Korean food lovers, the taste is slightly Americanized, so be warned and leave your complaints at the door. Pros: Friendly Service, Great Ambience Cons: A bit pricy more

Great 4/26/2003

Unlike many places in NY, the hostess tells you the longest possible wait time. I've been there 5+ times and never waited as long as what she's said it could be. Don't know why others are writing bad reviews of a place they went to ""years"" ago either... Food is good, if Americanized Korean. Some may be right there is better stuff in Flushing, but that would involve going to Flushing. Great taste and great value here. Pros: Food, Ambiance, Drinks Cons: Small Tables more

BAD 2/8/2003

Dok Suni, it's great if you want average Korean food in the chic East village setting. The food doesn't match w/ either Korean towns in queens or the west 30's. P.S. the recipies in the Dok Suni cook cookbook doesn't work out and rarely tastes like the restaurants...moreover, the ingredient lists are incomplete. more
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  • In Short
    Dok Suni means ""strong woman"" in Korean, which is fitting since this lady has lasted more than a decade. Old Korean newspapers decorate the walls, while thumping music and...

  • 9/20/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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    Downtown, East Village