|At Gammeeok in Fort Lee, servers bring a tall bowl of cabbage and radish kimchi to your table, cut it, plate it and pour on extra sauce, which is both spicy and sweet, above and below.|
|The kimchi service -- unique to Gammeeok -- isn't the only reason to go there. The restaurant turns out terrific versions of such Korean classics as bibimbap and seafood pancakes.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
The good news is that the kimchi at Gammeeok in Fort Lee is as good as ever -- an appealing combination of sweet, spicy and crunchy.
We had dinner there on Saturday night after an absence of more than a year, and Gammeeok is still our favorite place for bibimbap, a non-spicy dish that is true Korean comfort food.
I ordered another non-spicy dish, Seafood Joen, a pancake with tender squid and shrimp that is fluffier than other versions I've tried ($14.95).
My teenage son ordered two entrees that could have fed three to four people, and finished everything, including a small bowl of white rice.
He loved the stone-bowl bibimbap ($13.95), as well as the grilled beef short ribs or Galbi ($22.95).
The kimchi served here is so good it is available to go.
|OB, a Korean beer, is $4.50.|
|Korean short ribs (galbi or kalbi) will delight meat-eaters ($22.95).|
|The seafood pancake is thick and fluffy, and includes tender squid, small whole shrimp and scallions, and comes with a dipping sauce ($14.95).|
|Stone-bowl bibimbap comes with a mildly spicy red-pepper paste (gochujang) that you spoon on top before your stir up ground meat, vegetables and rice ($13.95). We asked the kitchen to cook the egg, and you can have a bibimbap without meat.|
A vinegary tangle of shredded radish is one of the complimentary side dishes.
Every table gets large, crunchy leaves of Nappa cabbage and fresh hot peppers, rear.
|Valet parking is available at dinner, but you also can park on the street. No need to feed the meters after 6 p.m.|
Gammeeok, 485 Main St., Fort Lee; 201-242-1333. Open for lunch and dinner. No American Express Cards.
I used a coupon I found in The Record giving $10 off a $30 order, $15 off a $50 order and $20 off an $80 meal.
Web site: Good food, good service