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Restaurant inspired by Korean cuisine and healthy living opens in Hunters Point

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Oct. 13, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan

Whether in the mood for something vegan or meaty, Korean or more Mediterranean, paleo or not, a new restaurant in Long island City has all tastes covered.

Katherine Oh officially opened the doors at The Green Street LIC at 10-39 47th Road on October 6, offering a paleo-friendly and health conscious twist on the traditional Korean barbecue experience.

Oh’s first job was working at her parents’ Korean barbecue and sushi restaurant in Flushing, so she learned at a young age how to run a restaurant. However when it came to opening her own place, she decided to put a healthy spin on it.

“So many things are already paleo in Korean food, and I realized if I switched up the sugars and I don’t use soy sauce but instead use organic tamari and made tweaks here and there, it easily becomes paleo friendly,” Oh said.

green3She found the storefront tucked away in to a residential area while attending a yoga class across the street.

Having worked in construction for many years, Oh said she walked in to the space and immediately knew what she wanted to do with it.

With wide aisles and high ceilings, the restaurant embraces the industrial aesthetic, though Oh made sure to add warm details to make it comfortable for the customer.

Oh got the inspiration to focus on healthy organic and paleo foods because she tries to eat healthy in her own life, she said.

Visitors to the restaurant will see Oh’s wide range in taste, as she not only takes her own twist on Korean barbecue, but also adds in some Mediterranean influence and dishes to her menu.

The menu includes dishes such as marinated eggplant and cauliflower in tahini sauce and grilled octopus, as well as more traditional bulgogi and meat dishes.

The restaurant also includes a juice bar and café in the front of the store, and has a fully stocked bar.

“There’s a little bit of everything for everyone,” Oh said. “If you want to eat vegan or paleo or if you don’t there is food for any taste.”

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LICWORKER

The discussions on this board are cancerous. Every positive comment is aggressively disliked and every negative comment is popular. Thankfully, my experiences in LIC indicate that most of these participants rarely venture out of the basement of their parents’ house.

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Anonymous

Everything is delicious, healthy organic fresh food, great drinks great service and reasonable prices. Definitely must try place.

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Ian

Not shilling. Went there on Sunday night. Food was great, with generous portions, especially for Korean BBQ. Some of the best Korean fried chicken wings that I’ve had. No liquor license yet. Plan on going back with a group sometime.

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Ian

Not shilling. Went there on Sunday night. Food was great. Generous portions for the price. Some of the best Korean fried chicken wings that I’ve had. Will definitely go back.

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Jy

What does knowing how to cook have anything to do with this thread “Astoria resident “? Another attempt to dig on us young professionals who work a lot trying to make money ? calling us yuppies, hipsters and trust fund babies ? Yes we know how to cook and yes we’d like to have options in the area we live in , what’s the big deal. Stop hating

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Astoria Resident

People who have an opinion that may differ than yours is not the definition of hate. Such a ridiculous, overused tripe expression. There was no dig, just a question.

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Boomshakala

Nope! Of course that’s also the answer to the question “Do any of the 20-35 year old men in Astoria have jobs?”

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Paul

Ok, let me retract my previous. I “hope” they do well, but they won’t. Winter is almost upon us. LIC will be dark, gloomy, and frigid cold. And having one of my properties right near the East River, LIC will be even colder than any other parts. The fact their restaurant looks like a prison dungeon mixed with a meat freezer (you can even see a grinder), it don’t matter how good the food is. They had made the choice to visually cater to the “hipsters” of LIC, what a terrible mistake that is.

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Gerald

The dining room looks like a prison cafateria and the walk in refrigerator is in the middle of the dining room. Looks like they decorated it for $150. Are you kidding me seriously look at how this place looks.

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Harris

I asked about the decor and they’re planning on adding local art soon. So don’t worry about the bare walls, just enjoy the food.

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Jy

Who cares how the place looks it s about the food. I personally love the decor. But even if they had shitty decor?? If they serve good food that s all that matters ! They aren’t trying to sell you interior decorative services are they?

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HC

WOW, what a glowing review! You must have taken tons of notes, or maybe handed a script? Seems like you know the owner very well to know how much she’s traveled!

Seriously, there are better ways to handle a mixed review then playing the shill.

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Sunnysider

Ate here last week and was very pleasantly surprised — food is delicious and super healthy, service very friendly, and the juices looked good too.

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HB

The juices my husband and I got from there were great, but the prices at $10 each were definitely not worth it

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Dan

My wife and I ate here for dinner on opening weekend. We’re not related to the restaurant in anyway. I’m a 2nd generation Korean-American and my wife is native Korean. We’ve been hoping for a “generic” Korean BBQ restaurant in the neighborhood for quite some time. Green Street very much exceeded our expectations of what Korean BBQ can be. The way I would categorize it is, it’s kind of like M. Wells Steakhouse decided to do Korean BBQ. Katherine, the owner, has traveled the world and she really understands food. I would never have thought of combining some of the flavors that she has — the Mediterranean-Korean fusion works surprisingly well, and makes this place a totally unique culinary experience. In short, as far as I know, you can’t get food like this anywhere in NYC. Even the traditional Korean dishes teem with fresh and distinct flavors that I’ve not encountered before. The banchan (side dishes) are among the best we’ve had in the city — fresh, clean, exquisitely balanced. The complimentary soondooboo had notes of seafood that we’ve never tasted before. I’m fairly certain that “normal” Korean soondooboo restaurants use frozen seafood packs to give flavor to their stews. But, everything Green Street uses is wild-caught and/or organic, so their soondooboo is imbued with an added depth of flavor and richness because it’s made with actual fresh seafood. The marinade for the BBQ is light and “delicate,” one reason being because no refined sugars are used — I think she uses Coconut syrup(?) as a sweetener. And, she uses organic Tamari since most soy sauces have wheat/gluten as an ingredient. We highly recommend the beet salad as an appetizer — a great example of the balance Katherine is capable of achieving — and the Tiramisu for dessert, which, amazingly, is totally “raw” and contains no dairy but uses an Irish seaweed(?) to replicate the cream. Certainly we saw some administrative growing pains as the servers get up to speed on everything, but if we’re strictly talking about the food, what you get here is top-shelf ingredients being sold at neighborhood prices. Green Street is one of the best and UNIQUE additions to our neighborhood in awhile.

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HC

WOW, what a glowing review! You must have taken tons of notes, or maybe handed a script? Seems like you know the owner very well to know how much she’s traveled!

Seriously, there are better ways to handle a mixed review then playing the shill.

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brooklynmc

That is the worst attempt by an owner to write a fake positive review that I have ever witnessed. If that is a real post, I am Santa Clause.

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Drumpf Lover

as soon as you said that this restaurant was the M Wells of korean food i stopped reading the rest of the post.
all of the friends I know who have been there (some of them koreans) say that the food was good but nothing special. this review was so over the top it sounded comical.

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HC

Administrative growing pains or not, its completely unacceptable for a manager to put their hands on their waitresses. Its a great way to get sued.

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Jy

Omg that shit was long. I tried to read it. But you sound like a friend of the owner if not the owner themselves !

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HC

Been here. The food is good. I didn’t like their brussel sprouts, which used too much doenjang, which made it very salty and unbalanced.

I had their bbq set #1 which featured kalbi, ribeye, pork belly, pork jowl, and I’m sure I’m missing something else. All meat was tender and the marinade was tasty. The Banchan was tasty, your standard array of sesame oil spinach, kimchi, eggplant, etc. They have an array of sauces to go with it as well which comes with the bbq set. We were given gochujang, sesame oil with salt and pepper, and a green almond sauce, which doesn’t work well with the Korean set, but I’m sure would be fine with the Mediterranean set.

They really worked hard to push the dessert. I could hear what I assumed was the manager walking around and grabbing the waitresses and telling them “don’t forget to push the dessert.” Kind of creepy. He actually grabbed our waitress by the elbow and steered her away from a table she was talking to and pushing her to ours urging her to “push the dessert.”

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HC

I’d also like to add that the bbq set includes complimentary seafood soondoobu which looks frighteningly spicy, but is actually quite good. Better than Woodside’s Sikgaek’s soondobu, but not as good as Sunnyside’s Natural Tofu. Also received steamed egg, which was undercooked when it arrived (which is fine, because the eggs would have cooked themselves in the hot pot) but was taken away and returned a bit overcooked. It lacked flavor and needed a touch more salt or broth.

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Good luck

I really do hope this place doesn’t fall victim to the First Time Restauranteur Spends $$$ On Appearances And Closes Immediately trope.

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Paul

Spends $$$? If they did, then they are finished…., because from the pictures above, it looks like a run down Ikea Shop inside a warehouse.

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JY

Looking at the pictures of this place on QNS.COM, it looks like their banchan (side dishes) are very Americanized and safe. Hopefully they will also serve some very authentic banchan (like marinated raw crabs). There are so many asians in the area like moi and I for one def want more authentic. Besides people in LIC seem very open minded and willing to be adventurous and try new things… you never know they may really love it!

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HC

marinated raw crabs is probably the most extreme banchan you could possibly pick. Most Korean places in flushing don’t even serve that. A lot of H-Marts don’t even carry it.

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Jy

I think the live squid is a little more hardcore. But yes the raw marinated crabs I was afraid at first too bit after you get over it in your head it’s quite delicious. It’s like how Very “American” palates were afraid of eating sushi 20 years ago. Look at it now. It s everywhere! Anyhow I hope they have some authentic banchan. By the way you are so right not all hmarts sell the raw crab but I do know the ones that do incase you maybe interested. 🙂

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Anonymous

“Very “American” palates were afraid of eating sushi 20 years ago. Look at it now. It s everywhere! ”

Think we’ll ever get to a day when dog and cat is an acceptable cuisine? Supposedly they’re pretty good.

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Jy

Lol hey to each their own. I feel fine with eating cats and dogs, but not pigs and cows that s just gross and barbaric euw

brooklynmc

I admit Americans may be a little less “adventureless” when it comes to food, but not eating animals considered to be pets is a good rule to live by.

HC

Is live squid an actual banchan? If so, yeah, that’s definitely more extreme. I’ve always avoided the crab because it seems like its too much trouble to eat.

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HC

is live squid an actual banchan? if so, then yes, definitely more hardcore than the crabs. I usually avoid the crabs because they seem like too much trouble to eat.

Oddly, food bazaar on northern boulevard had them at one point.

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Astoria Resident

To each his own, but this constant put down of Americans is getting more sickening than eating raw fish. Eating certain foods does not make one superior to others. It’s food. If you want ‘authentic’ move to Korea. This is America.

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JC

This is definitely a welcome addition. Something new that we don’t already have. Good luck and hope they do well!

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Paul

you know, yes, a korean bbq is a welcome addition to lic. i hope it does well, despite the interior looking like a scene from the SAW horror franchises

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