The newest Korean restaurant in Sunnyside, Sik Gaek, at 49th street and Roosevelt, is by far the most authentic. It seems best to go in a group,especially since the food portions are huge. I recommend ordering just one entree for two people (or even more people for some of the larger entrees), especially considering they bring you lots of appetizers. They also have another location in Flushing.
The unassuming exterior hides an interior that seems completely out of place in Sunnyside. Circular, foldable metal tables with burners in the middle and plastic chairs around them, sit on top of a concrete floor. Korean pop music blares in the background as you’re surrounded by various Korean knick-knacks, bottle caps, and signs.
Waiter service is super fast throughout the entire meal. and as soon as you sit down they begin cooking eggs right in front of you.
There are lots of complimentary appetizers (some associated only with certain entrees though), ranging from noodles to vegetables, to an egg soup. They were all very good – in fact better than the chicken entree I ordered.
When they brought this giant plate over is the moment we realized, after already stuffing ourselves with appetizers, that we should have ordered just one entree. This kimich pancake ($16) was quite good and came with a mushroom-based sauced to dip it in.
This spicy darkmeat chicken with cheese ($18) was surprisingly cheaper than the same dish without the cheese, but I understand why. The cheese was super stringy and kind of distracted from the chicken, which itself wasn’t really all that great either. I am not a fan of Korean bbq chicken in general though, so you might judge it differently. We ended up eating less than half our our entrees and taking the rest home.
People sitting at a table near us apparently ordered the signature octopus platter ($99) which included lots of seafood – including live octopus. it was pretty disgusting to look at – we left soon after they got that monstrosity, so I don’t know if they actually ate the octopus or not, although I am guessing they did after it boiled some more.