23 W. 32nd Street, New York, NY | Directions 1000140.747698 -73.986795
Neighborhoods: Koreatown, Midtown
HORRIBLE! ROTTEN FOOD! – THIS RESTAURANT IS HORRIBLE! DONT EVER GO. THEY USE ROTTEN INGREDIENTS!
NYC was really cold and we were tired of walking. We were looking for something warm to eat and saw their sign for "SAHM GEH TAHNG"
Right when we went in a waitress asked if we were eating bbq. We said no we wanted something with hot soup. They led us to the 2nd floor and sat us at the horrible place possible. (there was a door next to us where they were using to cool hot metal plate for bbq and wind was coming through the opened door) We asked why we can't sit other places where its warm and they said that was for bbq eaters.
Later we saw that non-bbq eaters were sitting except they were whites.
I wish that was the only bad thing about this restaurant. IT GETS WORSE.
Korean ginseng in "Sam Geh Tahng" has lost its form and it was all mushy. Garlic slices were so black. chestnut was all mushy too and tasted like soft wood. Dates were in a jelly form that were all ripped apart.
This piece of rotten food was $18.99.
First they didn't know the exact price of the dish.
Then they said it's between $16 to $18.
If they are only going to sell bbq, why did they put up the sign saying "Sahm Geh Tahng"?!
Horrible service and Horrible food.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR ENERGY AND MONEY HERE!
THEY ARE THE WORST RESTAURANT EVER.
One of my favorite – Wonjo is one of my best lunch depot because they have the least amount of MSG in their food. I have MSG allergy so this is very critical. And still the their dishes taste great.
I especially LOVE their home hand made mandoo. And I swear they have the best kimchi jigae! My wallet especially adores the their current lunch deals during the weekdays. Moo gook does wonders for me if I had a drink or two the night before.
Kalbi BBQ is another story. Two weeks ago, several of us took a colleague out for her b-day. While we've had lunch at Wonjo before, it was her first experience with Korean BBQ. Two weeks later, she is still talking about the BBQ and how she can't stop thinking about it! Kalbi was a bit expensive compared to lunch. But since I've had Kalbi at other Korean restaurants before, I knew what to expect.
Definitely not a good spot – 30 minutes for side dishes to come. Another 30 minutes for main dishes and BBQ even though the restaurant was not even 25% full. Food was served in small portions with hefty prices. For example they charged way too much for a dumpling soup that has six pieces of dumpling with a few thin slices of seaweed swimming pathetically. The bbq beef and chicken were very stiff. Soon doo bu soup was too salty. The Waitreses were rude and the food was very slow to arrive. The sliced radish serving with sashimi were not fresh. Overall experience was very disappointing. Not recommended unless you want a long hungry chat.
Good bbq – Good Korean bbq near my work. Quick service, like that they use charcoal still as it gives the food a great taste, nice to try new food out
My favorite Korean restaurant on 32nd St – I have eaten in every 24 hour restaurant on 32nd St between BW and 5th Ave, Manhattan's K-Town. Wonjo is all around my favorite. The staff is great. After 4 AM, which is when I go to Wonjo, it is not crowded and my party has never been rushed. With a minimum order of 2 BBQ dishes they always have BBQ at the table available. They use real charcoal which makes higher heat and therefore makes browned, better tasting meat than the gas which most places now use. There is a full bar available. The kimchi and other small dishes are good. There are interesting Korean objects on the wall as decoration, and the interior is in a comfortable wood design with warm colors.
My favorite dishes are the Bulgogi and Kalbi, both BBQ beef. Food cost is $20-$25 per BBQ dish with small dishes, rice and tea included.
Waitress Chased Us Into the Street and Demanded Bigger Tip – We've gone to Won Jo several times and each time had a horrible experience with the service.
For example, on our last trip there we made a reservation, arrived early and still had to wait 40 minutes for a table. Then we were seated, and the service was extremely slow. It took a long time to get our menus, the barbecue we ordered, etc. Then when we finally got our food and were eating, they came to our table and said, "Please leave; people are waiting for your table"!! This, even though it was their fault we'd been there so long!
We gave it one more chance last night, but after this latest experience, we will never go back. We went and ate, and then after we left and were out the door, the waitress ran up to us yelling, "You didn't leave enough tip!" We were already out in the street, but she followed us and just kept shouting, "Minimum 20%! Minimum 20%!" We were so taken aback and embarrassed that we handed her an additional couple of dollars (this is on top of the already generous tip we'd left at the table, but which she apparently didn't consider adequate). That seemed to satisfy her and she went back inside.
But I've never experienced anything like this. I will NEVER return to this place. There are other restaurants in the area that have comparable food, where our business is appreciated. Please, if you have any faith in capitalism or the free market DO NOT PATRONIZE THIS RESTAURANT. The owners should not be rewarded for encouraging/allowing their waitstaff to engage in this kind of coercive behavior.
Avoid Won-Jo aka Won-NO – Terrible service for the restaurant and if there's an option, I'd have given this a 0 star rating. Food is overpriced and portions are small for the price; we've asked for a BBQ table and sure that we were given one but the restaurant wouldn't open the BBQ grill on the table for us which pretty much defeats the whole purpose of a BBQ dinner. They prepared their "BBQ" dish that we ordered in their kitchen.
Customer service is shoddy. Waitress didn't come over to refill our water. Just avoid this restaurant at all costs.
BBQ is good.....service can be poor – I never expereience the place like the people below, but when I visited the food was good, the BBQ was very nice. I have been roughly 3-4 times and each time I had the same good food. Teh sushi could be better and the service can be very pushy and quite ignorant at times but other than that very good.
Yucky, in more ways than one! – My husband and I were there on the same night and got severely ill! By that I mean I was alternating between fever and chills, and experiencing extreme fatigue and achiness- all the while having the other yucky symptoms of food pois--, a word which surprisingly is banned on this site!
We contacted the Health Dept., and have been in touch with officials who are trying to pinpoint the source of the illness. For anyone else who got sick: I suggest calling 311 and filing a complaint with the health dept. The 311 representative will take down your info and an official will call you back (for us it was within an hour). They have followed up with several calls over the span of a week.
That single event is enough to keep us away from WonJo for a long time, if not forever. There is no shortage of good Korean BBQ joints in New York City.
WON NO!~ – YOU WILL WISH YOU DIDN'T EAT HERE...I have literally never been sicker in my life. A party of eleven of us ate here on April 4, 2008 and at least three of us at the table were severely poisoned. We literally were up all night heaving and squirting (CITY SEARCH will not let me write the correct words for what we experienced) and couldn't get rid of whatever it was for days. I'm not kidding or exaggerating in the least. We had to call the NYC dept. of health b/c we were afraid that we had contracted some sort of awful disease. Here is a note I received from the NYC dept. of health about the results of the testing done on the stool samples we submitted:
From: *****Gross <*email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 7:08 am
Subject: RE: quick question about Friday, April 4
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner ? I am only here Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and Thursdays, so I just saw your email this morning.
I just spoke with the lab. They did not find anything in your stool. They tested you for ..., ..., (CITY SEARCH WON'T LET ME LIST ALL THE THINGS TESTED HERE) and Vibrio.
I hope you?re feeling better this week.
The dept of health also told us that many other people who ate at the restaurant that night got severely sick. We've now nicknamed this place "WON-NO!"
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