Cheap Eats 2013: Gom Ba Woo

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.
Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Photograph by Scott Suchman.

This quiet cafe with pottery and hanging plants is a far cry from the karaoke crowd’s preferred party spots. The mandu (dumplings) are a must; both steamed and fried versions get punched up by flavor-packed beef fillings. Skip the soft-tofu stew—its powdery cubes made us miss the custardy clouds anchoring the excellent version of the soup called soondubu. Opt for beef stew with noodles or sweet bulgogi-and-lettuce wraps.

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