476 Bergen Blvd, Palisades Park NJ
A few months ago, when I heard that a New Jersey outpost of the 32nd Street/Koreatown restaurant Mandoo Bar (click for previous post) was going to be opening in Palisades Park, I was overjoyed. While there are numerous Korean restaurants here in Bergen County, few are as friendly to non-Koreans as Mandoo Bar is, and there’s something about its dumpling-focused menu that I find incredibly appealing.
Mandoo Bar storefront on Bergen Blvd.
Signage on Bergen Blvd.
Koreatown color-coded dumplings come to Bergen County. Now all we need is a Pinkberry and we’re all set! Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.
The NJ Mandoo Bar is spacious and has a warm, all-wood interior. However, it lacks the Mandoos-in-the-window cooking as performance art factor of the original NYC location. You’ll forget all about that when you eat the dumplings, though.
The carte de Mandoo. The menu is more or less identical to the New York location, with a few minor changes — the “Vegetable” mandoo has been omitted. I suspect because its more labor intensive to chop up all those veggies and because Mandoo Bar NJ is serving a more hardcore Korean crowd where vegetarianism is less common.
Kkak Doo Gie, The obligatory spicy kimchi made from Moo, a large white-fleshed Korean radish.
Radish kimchi closeup.
Da Kwong, a type of preserved radish.
Salt globe on the table, which I thought was a nice touch.
“Baby” Mandoos filled with pork and vegetables.
Combo Mandoo plate, with seafood, kimchi and pork/vegetable.
Goon (Fried) Mandoo
Gamjajun Korean-Style potato pancake, which is made with potato starch. It has sort of a sticky/gooey although pleasant consistency.
Seafood Mandoo closeup. Unlike the New York location the seafood mandoo is in green wrapping as opposed to orange.
The orange wrapper contains the kimchi/meat filling.
The Palisades Park location is much more comfortable and larger than the NYC location.
A Pajun, scallion/seafood/hot pepper pancake, destined for another table.
Udon noodles (left) and Joll Myun noodles (right)