"Girls’ night out tonight - obvious boys just go home. Your sneakers are out - tonight is a girls' night!"
Just like the famous K-pop band Wonder Girls' song called “G.N.O.,” plan a girls' night out in Koreatown. Fill your weekend with phenomenal steamed short ribs, delicious caramel bread, glittering gel nails and up-to-date karaoke songs.
Koreatown has so many restaurants, cafes, nail shops and karaoke joints that it is sometimes overwhelming to arrange a day to visit only the best places. This issue, Campus Circle introduces a perfect girls’ night out schedule to relieve your stress and make your weekend rock with a taste of Korean culture on 6th Street:
It's time to indulge in the finest steamed short rib with special marinated sauce that melts in your mouth at Seongbukdong.
A tiny but famous restaurant, Seongbukdong is known for its homemade-style menu.
Unlike other restaurants, this place reminds us of our mothers' style of cooking with healthy seasonings. Because this place maintains its originality, the owner did not renovate or expand despite its popularity, don't expect a fancy interior. But do expect the most flavorful, authentic grandma's home cooking traditional dishes.
One of the most popular items is Galbi Jim, braised short ribs with delicious sweet marinade. Its soft texture and juicy meat goes well with special purple boiled rice and cereals. Tender meat naturally falls off the bone as you take a bite, and its sweet taste lingers in your mouth.
The owner also recommends seafood pancake, which is made with squid, sliced meats and vegetables mixed with flour batter and pan-fried with oil.
If you are a fish person, definitely give the grilled mackerel with sweet soy sauce and a bowl of brown rice a try.
Other decent dishes include bean taste soup, which is full of seafood, tofu, potato, mushroom and bi bim bab. Side dishes are $6-7, and these are also homemade and healthy.
This place does not take reservations, but you can write your name down outside the door and order in advance; your meal is ready to go as soon as you sit down.
Seongbukdong is located at 3303 W. 6th Street in Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 738-8977.
Time for colorful shining nail art!
Doing nail art is one of the smartest ways to spice up your look. Sugar Nail (located on 3407 W. 6th Street) is just a block away from Seongbukdong. Cool restaurants and cafes surround Sugar Nail, which is famous for beautiful, gradient nail designs. Also, its clean and modern interior design attracts many customers.
Sugar Nail not only provides many pictures of trendy nail designs for customers to choose from, but the staff will change the design according to one's taste. The designers are very flexible and try their best to accommodate clients' requests.
Sugar Nail's owner pointed how they use high tech nail supplies and provide coupon systems for customer discounts. Gel nails, which are thin and flexible with a shining appearance, are popular among women in their ‘20s.
Customers can also enjoy sugar scrubs and mini foot massages. Appointments are required and they can be easily made on the phone.
For more information, call (213) 389-3235.
Let’s play in Gangnam style!
"Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style. Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh."Now who doesn't love Psy’s Gangnam style? Who doesn't love singing and dancing to latest K-POP music?
There are many karaoke places in Koreatown, but it is hard to find both clean and cheap places for college students. However, in Young Dong Nohrehbang, you and your friends can be in a nice and spacious room where you can practice your dance moves. Also, it provides music for both Koreans and foreigners; the music selection is up-to-date and has plenty of pop songs, which you can enjoy with music videos on the screen.
The price is definitely cheap compared to other karaoke plcaes. On weekdays it is $20 per hour before 11:30 p.m. and $15 after 11:30 p.m. On weekends, it is $20 per hour before 11:30 p.m. and $25 after 11:30 p.m.
The service is friendly, and the staff is willing to help you in every way like changing the microphones and teaching you how to use the remote controls.
Young Dong Nohrehbang is located on 3607 W. 6th Street in Los Angeles. For more information, call 213-739-0322.