Whether known as Cafe Corea (the previous name of the restaurant, which you'll still find on the sign outside) or Seoul Corea (the current name under the newest owners), this sunny, one-room Korean restaurant suffers no identity crisis when it comes to its food: fresh, tasty Korean dishes and offbeat drinks. Between the handful of tables, minimal decorations and a scant wait staff, the dining-in experience feels more like eating at a friend's house than a restaurant.
While the menu appears extensive, it's largely comprised of a few core dishes that come with your choice of meat. Options include the beef, chicken or pork bulgogi (marinated barbequed meat with a spicy kick); the cheese, beef or kimchi kimbop (seaweed served with rice, crab and vegetables); and the popular bibimbap (rice topped with beef, egg and vegetables). A word to vegetarians: The dishes under the category "vegetables" often include beef or seafood, but most dishes can be modified if you request strictly meat-free. Meat-lovers looking for a tasting feast should order the two-person special, which features four different beef dishes of your choosing, from casseroles to barbeque for $29.95.
No matter your order, meals come with little dishes of chili turnip and daikon, kimchi and bean sprouts to customize your dish. Round things out with a one-of-a-kind drink, such as soo jeong gwa (a cinnamon drink) and shik hye (a sweet rice drink).
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Rockwood