Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Moim
206 Garfield Pl, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121540.672165 -73.976925
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
the service and food has gotton worse – This res has gotton worse as time has progrossed.
the service is very slow and the wait staff disappears all the time. I ordered a soup which tasted really gross.
worst res on 7 ave – I decided to come back here even though its been a year since I ate here figuring give the place a second chance boy was I wrong. Ther service is worse then ever and rude. It took a while before we could get waters and menu plus our order. It was very hot inside and nobody wanted to turn on a fan or open any windows at least an inch. I will never eat here again they even made mistakes with my check.
Outstanding! – Two of us dined here on a Saturday night and were blown away--literally blown out the door by the amount of people in the restaurant. It was extremely busy for a Saturday night, but that is typical Park Slope for you. When we were seated, we anticipated slow service since we were seated in the thick of 3 large (loud) parties. To our suprise, the waitstaff catered to us as if we were the only people in the restaurant.
We're no Korean experts, and since it was our first time at this Korean restaurant, we had no idea what to order, or even what to expect. Our waiter politely walked us through the menu, taking time to field questions and even give us a brief lesson on Korean epicurean customs (which we found amusing since he was totally caucasian). He recommended various items, one of which was the Cod and the other was a Bouillabaisse. Both were INCREDIBLE. Talk about flavor country. The Bouillabaisse unfortunately came without the potato gnocchi (which was listed on the menu). We informed the waiter, and anticipated to wait 20 min for the Bouilla to return because of the vast number of customers with their orders in. To our delight, it came out piping hot 5 minutes later, by the waiter who apologized profusely. He comped us a (delicious) flourless chocolate cake for our troubles--apology accepted (like he knew sugar and chocolate were the keys to our heart).
We were amazed that the food was so delicious and that we just discovered this restaurant. Definitely will be back soon. Hopefully it won't be so packed...though if the food stays as good as it was, I think the chances of that will be rather slim.
Uncomparable Service and Small Portions‎ Part 1 – Tonight (11/5/2008) was my first time to Moim located in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn. The decor is alright and atmosphere is loud. I must say for it being a regular weekday, the evening service was very sloppy and rather depressing coming from a Korean restaurant. The majority of the wait/runners (as well as the bartender) are not of Korean decent which I believe is good for beginners but extremely difficult for frequent regulars of Korean joints. The waiter we had was not well versed with the menu and had to have us point at the items despite our slightly less than perfect pronunciations of the items. Below you will find my thoughts and findings:
The "tapas" on the menu are regularly found "ban-chan" you can normally get for FREE any other place...surprisingly, they charge $4 per order (or 3 for $10) which only serves maximum 2 (no free refills). We ordered the tofu, spinach, and cucumber. The actual free ban-chan we received was very meager: 4 extremely small cubes of Kimchi dicon (radish), 4 halves of string beans (= 2 pieces), and generous portion of semi-fermented black beans (which no one really enjoys). Overall, these all tasted like they are suppose but they are very skimpy on portion control. The question comes to mind, "Why are they charging for something that is suppose to be free? And if so...why are their portions not matching the price?"
The small plates section offers anything dumplings to traditional soups. We decided on Kimchi Jigae. Again, it was decent but the serving bowl was equivalent to the size a child may receive at home.
Continued in Part 2...please check for it.
Uncomparable Service and Small Portions‎ Part 2 – PART 2 of Uncomparable Service and Small Portions
For the entrees: BBQ Kalbi - marinated beef short ribs, and "korean osso buco," These actually came in a normal portion size. When we asked for rice (free surprisingly) our waiter said no problem but seemed to have forgotten about us. We sat for about 5-10 mins (would have been 5 if we could find our waiter) waiting until we had to ask one of the kitchen staff to get us the rice. At long last, when we received our rice but they came in "dipping sauce" bowls, again, emphasizing the need to be extremely skimpy. The Kalbi at this time was cold and the red lettuce leaves that it came with were the mini ones instead of the regular sized. It definitely was not good enough to keep me eating. As for the Osso Buco, I can see why they called it that but it was only two pieces of braised Ox tails, with no special bone marrow to dig into. The fettuccine it came on was overcooked and did not go well with the taste of the tails. During our meal, our waiter came over only once during the entree only to ask if we wanted anything else...there was no "how's your food?" Reluctantly, he walked away as I was telling him I wanted the check.
He ends up disappearing forever and comes back as I am standing up to go ask another for the check...
Overall, I would say this was one of my worst dining experiences for a Korean joint. This place needs to hire people that can better represent it's food as well as think about upping their tiny portions for the homeless. I do not think this was a fluke and certainly will not waste my time coming back again. If you have a love for Korean food, do not come here. You will not be satisfied.
not worth the trek – After visiting Moim on a recent Friday night, we definitely will not be returning. Checking the website before heading out, we read that "we will have a happy hour beginning an hour before dinner service" (click the info tab on their website) and that the restaurant opened at 5:30 pm. We calculated an hour before 5:30 as 4:30. How silly of us.
We arrived at 5:15 and were told that the restaurant hadn't opened yet. We asked if we could wait inside and were told that we couldn't because things still needed to be set up. The bartender said that the doors shouldn't even have been open. Okay...
When we came back at a little after 5:30, we asked about happy hour and were told that it wasn't offered on Fridays. The bartender asked (who I'm not sure) if the sidewalk board had been set up outside. I guess she assumed that we got the information about the happy hour from the sidewalk board. We had simply asked a question, but the bartender seemed more interested in deflecting any blame that might come her way.
Now for the food: it was okay, but really cannot be considered Korean. It has Korean influences, but you most likely wouldn't be served that kind of food in the average Korean house. Perhaps we would have enjoyed the meal a little more if we hadn't had such a horrible welcome. Seriously, the food was completely overshadowed by the ?welcoming committee.?
At some point, the bartender must have clued in that we were upset. On our way out, she was all smiles and asked if we enjoyed ourselves. Totally bizarre. We weren't looking to be fawned over, but hadn't expected such hostility.
That all said, if the food had been outstanding, we might have considered running the gauntlet to go back, but as I mentioned earlier, it was lame. For authentic Korean food, head to Koreatown, which is just a train ride away. Sure, you probably won't find the best service, but you won't find the worst. And you can be sure of the food.
Great korean food, wonderful ambiance, bad host. – The Good:
First of all, the ambiance is fantastic, very modern and sheik, compliments to the designers. Most dishes served on the menu include kimchi as an ingredient, which to my understanding is a spicy, pickled cabbage. The menu that the owner and head chef, Seari Yoo Park, put together can certainly be expanded on but is more than sufficient in satisfying a wide variety of pallets. For a first course or appetizer i would suggest the korean meatballs which come in a very small serving of 3 or the asian mixed salad which has an amazing and uncommon toasted sesame vinaigrette. For a second course, both my trusty taste tester and I agree on the scallion pancake as well as the crab salad, which i was amazed to hear that there was actually kelp on the plate. If i hadn't asked I would have never known, it was a very nice surprise. When asking our waiter for a traditional Korean dish, right away he described the bi bim bop. The bi bim bop is served in a sizzling stone rice bowl served on a charming wood pedestal top with an assortment of vegetables and a delicious marinated beef. At this point we were starting to feel a little full especially after two delicious pomegranate- blueberry martinis. For a main course I had the black cod, which was more than I could have asked for, and my dining partner had the marinated short ribs. Honestly both were phenomenal. Compliments to the chef! Over all the service was good, fortunately we had a good server whose name escapes me at the moment. On the other hand..well lets save that for the bad section.
A very loud and aggressive person greeted us at the door. His appearance could best be described as "ratty" as my chum commented. Despite the good service from our server, we were unfortunate to have the greasy fellow talk over us as we dined in a loud and abrupt manner which was quite unpleasant. Over all, Moim is park slopes new hot spot. Good food, great ambiance, and over all good service. Congrats to Moim!
Boring – There's nothing special about this place. Ordinary cooking is the order of the day. Spice is the only highlight of the cooking b/c it masks the ordinary taste of the food. A better meal could be had for less at far better places.
yum – as you walk through the door you are amazed that the restaurant used to be a laundromat.
the atmosphere is quite enjoyable with the music at a comfortable level.
we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table which was not a problem.
we enjoyed ourselves at the bar where the lovely bartender (jen?) mixed up a ginger sojutini for my wife and suggested a korean beer for myself.
both were delicious.
the host (unfortunately i didnt catch his name) kindly sat us down and spent quite some time explaining everything on the menu.
it was a nice gesture but completely unnecessary and almost annoying.
our waitress (i think her name was jamie?) came over and and kindly asked if we had any questions about the menu.
she mentioned that they had a few special feature drinks that night, one being a blueberry pomegranate martini which she highly recommended so my wife decided to try one.
she LOVED it!
we asked our waitress about some recommendations on what to get.
thank god we listened to her.
she suggested we try shrimp chive cakes, that are almost like crab cakes but a lot lighter.
also the vegetable dumplings were superb.
for our entrees i ordered the stone rice bowl served with an egg on top.
it was delicious.
the hot stone bowl cooks the rice to a crisp on the bottom, and once you stir it all together with the sauce in the middle the aromas are AMAZING!
a little bit on the spicy side but i mixed some rice that came with my wifes entree in to calm it down a bit.
my wife ordered the beef short ribs that also come on a sizzling hot platter.
they come with lettuce and a sort of bean paste that you can put on the lettuce with some rice and meat to make a wrap.
it was delicious.
for desert we tried the green apple sorbet which also came highly recommended.
it was like eating frozen apple it was so good.
i would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for something new in the neighborhood.
welcome moim – so glad a korean restaurant opened in park slope
overall we had a good experience
we came in and waited 40 mins for a table on a saturday night but it was completely worth it
the food was amazing
while we waited at the bar gen the bartender whipped up some yummy pom-blueberry martinis
unfortunately we had the misfortune of overhearing a little argument from one of the what looked to be employees (who's ratty appearance didnt quite fit in) with someone i am guessing/hoping was another employee (if it was a customer i am shocked that he would speak to someone in that manner)
after overhearing the way he spoke to her i was a little concerned about the type of service we would be receiving and hoping he was not our server
luckily we were kindly seated shortly after and had the pleasure of having a young asian guy who chatted us up a bit and recommended some fabulous dishes
as a starter the kimchi dumplings are amazing. a little spicy with a lot of flavor.
i ordered the bibimbop which came sizzling hot. a little disappointed in the amount of rice they serve in the bowl, but our server gladly got us an extra bowl.
the ossubucco was delish and the meat practically fell off the bone exactly like its supposed to.
overall our experience was amazing.
the decor is very elegant.
the only complaint i would make would've been the rude greasy looking employee that seems to have no respect for his employees/customers surrounding
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