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Kal is one of the few Korean spots in Astoria, but it’s not just a solid option for Korean favorites in the neighborhood. The food here is just as good as anything you'll find in Koreatown. They have an extensive menu with staples like japchae and bibimbap, and we especially like the galbi jjim, spicy rice cakes with extra cheese, and boneless KFC that’s up to par with the best in the city. If you still feel like you’re missing out on a more upscale Manhattan K-Town experience, order the pork dumplings topped with radish and mustard seed. In addition to being wonderfully juicy, they kind of look like bejeweled rosebuds. Come by for a cozy meal with super friendly staff and a fun K-Drama playlist, and check their Instagram for specials like free soju shots.

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