You know you're with the right person at a yakiniku spot when you hear her repeatedly say, "I don't think we have enough meat." This is why I love bonding over food with Kathryn (you too, Adam). Like me, she's an Asian anomaly. For some rather petite girls, we can put away a lot of food. We were on a mission to hit up Yakiniku West after passing it one weekend and reading a sign that said up to 50% off short ribs on Mondays. Oh, hell yes.
So last Monday, we finally sat down for a whole lot of meat. On this plate: short rib, prime short rib, short rib on the bone. My favorite was definitely the heavily marbled prime short rib. The meat is just so tender and flavorful. Another similar-looking plate followed because this, of course, is not enough meat for one very tall guy and two tiny girls who can individually eat as much as a family of three. If you've never had yakiniku, you're probably wondering what the deal is with all this raw meat. Well yakiniku is basically barbeque-your-own-food at the grill on the table. Although it can be cumbersome to work for your dinner, I do like having control over how cooked my meat is. I'm not just a carnivore after all, but a bonafide bloody meat-lover, as you can tell from my last brush with yakiniku in Japan.
We also had some salmon, which you sprinkle with lemon juice, wrap up in foil, and leave to steam on your little grill. As you can tell from the picture, the salmon was pretty fresh and succulent. After some steaming, it was absolutely delicious.
We also had some sake and beer because the restaurant it was happy hour when we got there. The damage was $30 per person for two plates of different types of short ribs, salmon, edamame, kimchi, rice, a bottle of sake and a pitcher of beer. Not too shabby!
We spied a yummy looking avocado and seaweed salad on another table, and were bummed we didn't get it. It was huge and looked so fresh, plus it only costs $7! So getting that next time.
Because clearly, we will be back here for many more Mondays to come.
Yakiniku West is located at 218 East 9th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
P.S.: You have to take your shoes off at the door so make sure you're wearing matching socks or have a decent pedi when you go