Little Dokebi: A Delicious Taste of Korea in Greenpoint

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Little Dokebi Bar

Little Dokebi (85 Driggs Ave) has been open for just over a month and already it’s a huge hit.  So popular, in fact, that when we recently tried to go for a mid-week dinner the wait was over an hour-long. Fortunately, when we returned for Saturday brunch it was much easier to get a seat, though this may have had something to do with the fact that it was the snowiest day of winter so far!

Little Dokebi is the baby sister of Dokebi Bar and Grill, a Korean restaurant on Grand Street. The Driggs venue occupies a smaller space and has a more select menu, serving some of the most popular dishes from the Williamsburg restaurant. The interior is cozy and woody, with big windows looking out over McGolrick park. There are only seven tables, but stools along the bar provide extra dining space and the intimate atmosphere is part of the appeal.

One of their specialities is BiBimBahp: a big bowl of rice, vegetables and chili sauce, topped with a fried egg and the star ingredient of your choosing (tofu, pork, tuna etc.). This comes served with numerous little side dishes known as ‘banchan’ and looks like an extremely fun dining experience.

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Huevos Koreanos

However, as the day was still young, we erred on the brunchier side of things and opted for Huevos Koreanos. The dish consists of three bean chili, jasmine rice, corn tacos, two eggs over easy, avocado, kimchee, salsa picante and chipotle sauce. This Korean/Mexican hybrid was a hands-down brunching winner and one which I would definitely order again.

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Fish taco, Korean style

Little Dokebi also does a great line in Korean BBQ tacos and burritos, priding themselves on using locally-sourced ingredients and naturally-raised meat. Fillings include Berkshire pork belly, Black Angus kalbi, and giant oyster & button mushroom. We tried the fried whiting tacos, which were sublime. They come on two corn tortillas, and the tasty lightly battered fish is topped with a generous mound of good fresh things like soybean sprouts and radishes.

And, as it’s impossible to resist a dumpling on an icy December day, we also had some very good vegetable gyoza: six to a serving but we could happily have polished off more.

Eating at Little Dokebi is a very happy experience. The restaurant is cute, the service is fast and friendly, and the Korean menu with a Mexican twist adds another really great option when choosing where to eat in Greenpoint. Still in its infancy, there’s no website as yet and its success is solely due to word of mouth.  Nonetheless, this younger sibling restaurant looks set to gain a golden reputation in its own right. Go now before everyone is in on the secret!

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Rosie de Belgeonne is a video editor and specializes in movie trailers. Her days in a dark edit suite are balanced with sunny runs around McCarren Park track and weekends spent discovering Greenpoint's finest eateries. If you have any local foody news or tip-offs you can email her at food@greenpointers.com, or tweet @Rosie_de_B

3 Comments

  1. Brian says:

    I live nearby and was excited for them to open, but found the BiBimBahp to be really underwhelming. It was super dry and bland. The wings kicked ass though, so I will give it another shot for sure. Please do something about the BiBimBahp, I won’t be able to get through the winter without it! (Oh and more beer taps too, but I will say that for most any place.)

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  2. chul kim says:

    hi brian,

    sorry about your poor bibimbahp experience. i’m hoping it was a one time thing. bibimbahp is one of our specialties and we are very concerned about it’s consistency. please feel free to point it out to any of the servers if you are not satisfied in anyway with it.

    regards and thanks
    chul

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  3. Finally got to eat at Little Dokebi last night with my husband, son and good friend Richard , who has to some art residencies in Korea. It was cold and we walked over only to find it would be a twenty minute wait. Nowhere close to go for a drink. The others wanted to go somewhere else, but this restaurant was so warm, inviting ( although packed) and smelling so good. I only wanted to eat there. We walked around outside and came back for a drink at the bar. Shortly after we got our table and I am so happy I waited. The food was amazing. Everything we had was so good, including the Kimchee side dish. I normally don’t like kimchee, this was crunchy, spicy and so delicious…I want more. Our Korean food expert was very happy! I can’t wait to go back…hopefully when there aren’t so many people. The already need a bigger space….MUST TO TRY!

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