A Forest Hills Life

Another voice in the wilderness of central Queens working towards Forest Hills 2.0.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

#1 Coffee Shop = Hidden Korean Gem?

According to the folks at Gothamist, I'm missing out on some decent Korean food hiding behind an unassuming bodega on the border of Forest Hills and Rego park:

A Korean restaurant is not something one would expect to find on the border of Forest Hills and Rego Park. If anything the neighborhood is better known for the plethora of Central Asian kebab joints. Nor is Korean chow something you'd expect to find at an old-school spot like the #1 Coffee Shop. Years ago local legend Robbie Richter, pitmaster of Hill Country, worked the flat top one day when the grill man was out sick. Despite it's improbability, there they were, handwritten signs advertising bulgogi and bibimbap. We hastened inside out of the rain to see what #1's bibimbap was all about.

And how was it?

All in all, it was the best bibimbap Gothamist has ever eaten in a diner.