Woo Lae Oak
148 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 925-8200
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Located in SoHo, Woo Lae Oak is a long skinny place, the kitchen does not go on for a mile, but it does take up the left half of the room. On the right there are seats set into the wall and table with a grill, so food can be cooked at your table. Minimal decoration very distinguished looking place. Cloth napkins with dark chop sticks. Fork and spoon were provided on request. We started with an appetizer, O Ree Mari (wrapped cut rolls) pictured here, the dark on the plate is plum sauce, very tasty.

For the entrée Kasey decided to go with some authentic Korean Barbeque and got Dae Ji Bo Sot (spicy pork tenderloin) while I decided to go with the Kal Bi Jim (tender beef short rib simmered in sake ginger soy glaze served off the bone with kabocha squash) picture on the left. For the life of me I don’t know why I ordered that, I don’t like ribs. Maybe I was thinking, its Korean, so maybe it will taste different. Nope. So even though it was very tender and the sauce was good, I didn’t like it, the meat tasted like rib meat. I did snag a piece of Kasey’s pork, it was very good, nicely spiced. The table is set up so you can cook it yourself, but if you are not confident enough to, they will cook it in the kitchen.

Dessert for me was a Jalapeño Daiquiri, jalapeño peppers with lime and rum, nice thing to do to jalapeños, Kasey had coconut ice cream. I can’t tell you if it was good since I am allergic to coconut, but it was served in a bowl made of ice.

It was expensive, however, the traditional rice dishes are about half the price of the meat dishes, which is what we had. (Dinner menu) Dinner for us was around $100, but I had a coupon from Open Table so I only paid half that.

I doubt this is a place we would come back to, mainly because of the price and location, the food and atmosphere and service were excellent.

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

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