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Picnic Garden
Getting a table at this Korean BBQ restaurant is no picnic, but the food is worth the wait.

Meat, meat, and more meat. That’s what Korean BBQs are all about. At Picnic Garden in Flushing, you’re in for a real treat. The buffet comprises a wide range of meat and other condiments such as congee, kimchi, vegetables, fried chicken, soup and more. Be warned that getting a table during lunch or dinner time is no picnic.

Upon entering, your nostrils are greeted by the strong aroma of meat sizzling on the grills. Think about all the meat you can devour, from marinated pork to beef to chicken. You’re encouraged to help yourself to as much meat or condiments as you want at the long buffet table.

Korean BBQ is healthy and fun. You put slices of meat on the grill and watch them sizzle until they darken from a light pink to a deep brown. Sometimes, the waitresses come over and cook them for you. The marinated pork goes well with sesame oil, and you can also have it with white rice or on a bed of fresh cabbage — whatever floats your boat. Pair the pork with japchae, which are stir-fried cellophane noodles and vegetables in sesame oil.

Japchae is a popular condiment in Korean restaurants, and we’ve sampled so many different kinds at numerous restaurants only to arrive at the conclusion that Picnic Garden’s japchae is the best we’ve ever had. It has a good amount of oil and flavor, but the taste doesn’t overpower the meat.

And if you want the full Korean BBQ experience, you should get the Chamisul Fresh soju. It lives up to its name and tastes crisp and light, with that pang of bitterness from the alcohol. The bitterness blends well with the meat and kimchi.

Leave your skinny jeans at the door, because nobody ever leaves Picnic Garden with a flat tummy.