Of all the places in Koreatown, I especially like Mandoo Bar (mandoo means dumpling in Korean). A little tight in terms of space, it still provided a fun vibe, especially with the women up front making dumplings for all of 32nd street to see. We were served the dumplings relatively quickly, and each of the different kinds I tasted, both steamed and fried, were just the right consistency. Just as good as the dumplings, though, was my bibim bap. Filling my need for entertaining, interactive eating, the server opened a raw egg over my bowl of artfully arranged, colorful veggies and rice, and mixed it all together. Hot, tasty, and fun to watch. The udon was somewhat less inspiring, but no matter. The rest of the meal was worth another trip.
Pros: dumplings and bibim bap
Cons: Tight space