We’re big fans of multifunctional spaces. Why specialize in one type of service or food when you can do multiple types? Banh Mi Saigon Bakery, for example — who doesn’t want a jewelry store and a Vietnamese sandwich shop? So when we heard about KalBQ, a new Korean fast-casual spot located inside an outpost of Atomic Wings, we were pretty excited to check out the city’s newest hybrid.
We began with the pork-and-kimchi taco, which, we were told, was made with house-made kimchi (this Atomic Wings’ owners are Korean). Succulent and juicy, it was a really good Korean taco, although bolstered up with a good amount of lettuce.
We also got the steak ssam taco, which was served on a large lettuce leaf. The steak itself was on the dry side, and there was also a lot of lettuce in the mix here — really more like a salad, so we’d probably skip that next time.
And we also ordered the kalbi LA platter, which featured juicy slices of beef over rice with some sautéed veggies and slaw. All in all, a decent lunch spot for Korean fusion, and a good option for those in Gramercy for whom K-Town might be too far of a walk. And if Korean isn’t your thing, fear not — you can always get the Atomic wings.