Jan. 20, 2015 By Michael Florio
A Korean restaurant has opened on Broadway by an owner who claims that there is a lack of Korean offerings in the neighborhood.
Mokja Korean Eatery, located at 35-19 Broadway, opening its doors Saturday—with the owner believing the restaurant will fill a void given the lack of Korean cuisine in the neighborhood.
The restaurant will be the second owned by Jae Chung, who also owns Korean Express, located at 807 Lexington Avenue.
He said he surveyed several neighborhoods for his second restaurant and discovered that Astoria doesn’t offer residents too many Korean options.
“Astoria is a very trendy neighborhood, yet there aren’t many Korean restaurants,” Chung said.
The restaurant will offer barbeque dishes, fried chicken, stews, soups and noodle dishes. There will also be a variety of Korean rice dishes. (see menu)
The restaurant can seat about 60 people and is open from 11 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. The restaurant is also offering delivery (718-721-0654) and take out, with a delivery minimum of $15. The take out/delivery menu also offers American fare such as burgers, salads and sandwiches.
“There is a lot of interest from people in the community in our restaurant,” Chung said.
“If people like us, I think we will do great.”
The location was previously a 1-800-Flowers.