Dons Bogam Black

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$50 and over
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Korean
DONS BOGAM BLACK blends the exquisite tastes of authentic Korean cuisine with a modern and intimately chic atmosphere that’s both fun and stylish.

Bar & lounge seating, fusion cocktails and a menu full of Korean staples are just a few of the accommodations that make DONS BOGAM BLACK a truly unique encounter. The sleek bar invites relaxation as well as offering a dynamic selection of spirits and wines.

Our Korean barbeque is prepared on the special carts specifically designed to eliminate smoke but keep all the flavors. We also carefully select our meat and only serve the best prime beef and Washugyu, a crossbred of Wagyu and Black Angus beef.

You’ll surely enjoy your evening out at DONS BOGAM BLACK.
What 98 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.2
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3.9
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JF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Some waiters were terrible, somehow they seemed to be frustrated and bad attitude we found.

FT
London
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This restaurant consistently provides wonderful food and attentive service. It is a good venue for friends to gather and enjoy one another’s company.

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John was our server and he made our dining experience superb! The cocktails were creative and delicious and the Kobe for two was out of this world!! We will definitely be returning!

SB
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyed a feast for a luncheon! We began with seafood pancake and glass noodles apps, followed by kalbi bibimbap for one, and shared bulgogi lunch special for two, served with an impressive array of vegetable wraps, choice of stew where we chose seafood tofu stew and a huge container of ssamjang sauce. Everything was delicious! It tweaks up Korean cuisine to a universal higher level. Definitely enjoying lunch there is a better value and an affordable way to try the restaurant.

c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very expensive

Food is good

T
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This became one of my faves. Good food & service. There is nothing that I don’t like about. The sparerib noodle soup is to die for!

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch, as usual. So nice to enjoy everything, the whole dining experience. Well done Don’s management. 수고했읍니다.

k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We love the original Dons Bogam but we were rather disappointed with this version. The servers were disorganized and were not knowledgeable. The pork belly was over cooked. No one came to ask us how the food was or if we needed anything else. Decor was very sparse and seemed like an afterthought. Just in general not nearly as nice as original restaurant. We wont be back to this one.

M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally good food. Quite noisy but good fun. Really good food and helpful suggestions by the server. Overall a good experience - highly recommended.

DD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service attempted to be helpful but was mostly clumsy. On three different occasions they delivered food intended for other tables, and it took some effort on our part to explain that to them. But they tried to be helpful.

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Food quality is very good, but the fundamental issue I have here is that the restaurant deviates from the very important cultural spirit of Korean food. One of the primary fundamental elements of Korean food is the spirit of generosity, Don's Bogam fails miserably in this area. Paying top dollar is fine, butt offerings would be appreciated and are usually present at nearly every other Korean BBQ establishment in the world. Not single "service" or complimentary item was offered despite a very high bill. This is the equivalent of not getting a single buyback at a bar where you spend a lot of money. Leaves a poor taste in your mouth if you know Korean food and culture at all. It's a pity because the food is good and a cheap free casserole or soup would go a long way without costing them nearly anything.

DD
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is my first time at this Korean establishment. Is definitely the most upscale in the area. The service was okay and the food was seasoned well. I don't know how high quality the meat was for the Bimibap, but overall the meal was good. I may try it again in the future but not in an immediate hurry to

EL
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food was superb!!! The water was sooo good, I didn't need to order drinks. The service was excellent! Will be back for sure.

TO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

3回目の訪問
今日は、ほぼ満席で、団体客が大騒ぎ。
ゆっくりと会話をできる状態ではなく、人手も足りていなかったのか、肉が焦げたりと少し残念でした。

過去二回が良かっただけに残念。
でもコスパもそこそこ良く、料理は美味しいです。

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C
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location; Sometimes the VERY attentive wait staff makes the food taste better :-)

LL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dons is more elegant than the original. The cuts of meat are superior as well as not frozen. But the panchan and naemyong were good as any in K-town. Plus, the wait staff was superb.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are terrific. The prices are a tad high, but everything was delicious!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Korean bbq in NYC, there’s no exaggeration.

NY
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Mundane food and menu. Expensive.

CW
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Having been a 15-year customer of the original I went to the new Dons to try and compare. The "Black" Dons seems to be aiming at a more upscale experience. The space is very large and well suited for big groups. Conversely, it can feel a bit empty. Prices are similar, quality is similar.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and service. The best quality Korean BBQ in Manhattan

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the Ssam! So healthy...and high quality beef

DA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very unique and tasty. The cuts of meat are fresh and deliciously seasoned. The servers and service is exceptional and the atmosphere is like no other restaurant in NYC. Keep in mind that there is a limited drink menu due to their use of Soju (Korean Rice liquor) instead of traditional spirits but the drinks are amazing nonetheless. Definitely recommend making a reservation as the place gets busy on peak nights.

c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime we’re in midtown NYC we make DBB our primary restaurant for Korean cuisine. A favorite, Galbi topped with two fried eggs is a truly tasty delectation.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Farewell Dinner

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Best Korean BBQ I’ve ever had. Marinated beef platter is out of this world.

MB
London
22 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never disappoints. Always with consistent quality, rich starters and great bbq meat.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom’s 80th! It was perfect!

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service, tasty food, good lunch specials.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious BBQ and very open environment. Enjoyable for our group of 7!

MB
London
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again exceptional marinated bbq meat, great service. This is not the traditional korean bbq, but is convenient, and gives you the feeling of must come back again.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, excellent and excellent. Service is outsanding

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A little pricey for what it is, and the service could be a little more attentive (sometimes had to ask 3 or 4 times for the same thing, or very hard to find waiters). Otherwise a delicious and fabulous night out!

SG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was especially delicious and service was attentive. Bathrooms were unclean, food was slightly overpriced, and restaurant seemed a bit understaffed at times.

BP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Was a business dinner party of 6.
Space is nice, open. Good for a larger party.
Food was good.
Overall a good experience.

MB
London
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good meat cooked in modern style Korean BBQ. Whether you are a large group or on a date, perfect setting with super service. Will surely be back soon.

GB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really excellent meal. Party of 6 at square table in alcove — great for conversation. Beautiful space with amazing food. High quality ingredients. Amazing flavors and good portion sizes. We finished everything across our plates and thoroughly enjoyed. Pork bibimbop was especially good. Kalbi and skirt steak were very good. Octopus and fried dumplings were a nice way to start. Drinks — no hard liquor but soju, wine and beer were all excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Average food with low value vs price. Good as an alternative to the long wait in Korean town for just slightly better food ( slightly cheaper) on 32nd street.

TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dons Bogam Black is a wonderful restaurant. The staff is warm and welcoming. The food is amazing, a mix of quality ingredients, skillfully prepared table side and served with delicious sauces, condiments, and garnishes. It is truly Korean Barbecue at its best.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality was great - absolutely delicious with a nice ambiance and attentive service. Had a nice sake selection as well. Thumbs up!