Seventh Heaven: Dining Along the 7 Train

by Julie Besonen, 02/26/2013

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  • 7 Train Stop: 52nd St.
    Sik Gaek
    49-11 Roosevelt Ave., 718-205-4555, Woodside, Queens
    You might think, Hmm, what kind of place is this, in the same shopping center as a 99-cent store and a carpet and mattress warehouse? A Korean rock-'n'-roll-style joint, that's what. Walls are plastered with newspapers, Asian posters and dollar bills, and whenever the 7 train barrels overhead, the concrete floors tremble. An offshoot of the original in Flushing, Sik Gaek's Woodside location opened in 2010. Wood tables are inlaid with grills, making it a fun, DIY-party destination. The portions are certainly big enough to share when it comes to seafood pancakes, spicy crab stir-fry, marinated beef short ribs and a sizzling hot pot full of vegetables and mushrooms. The bold can dig into live octopus, marinated snails, chicken feet and beef intestines. For extreme cuisine daredevils is stir-fry with abomasum intestine, also known as the fourth and final stomach compartment in ruminant mammals.

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