After still yet another great meal at Surasang Korean Restaurant, it's time to finally give these guys the credit they deserve for being one of my favorite go-to Long Island restaurants. Having eaten here many, many times I've learned what they excel at (quite a lot), and what they they don't do that well (a few items), so let's have that, shall we. Also, the majority of the menus that are posted online for Surasang (they don't have a website) are nearly entirely inaccurate, so here are several dishes that they actually *do* serve.
The pictures above were taken over the course of three or four separate meals at Surasang during the past year-plus. The top two photographs detail what, to me, is Surasang's de facto specialty: spicy Korean stews. First picture is of the Yook Gae Jang, a tasty stew with brisket, scallions, cellophane noodles, and egg. This is one of my favorite Korean dishes (I've also had it countless times at Dokebi in Williamsburg), and Surasang's version is frickin' delicious. Second picture is of a spicy tofu stew, with similar ingredients as the Yook Gae Jang - also excellent. You'll notice that these stews are served in hotpots, appropriately bubbling hot. (Not pictured is the Kalbi Tang - again, prepared similarly, except the main ingredient is short ribs, served bone-in. Also highly recommended.)
Third and fourth pictures depict some of Surasang's stir frys. The third photograph is of a shrimp stir fry dish, which I felt was very tasty if a bit too heavily breaded. Fourth photo is of an excellent squid stir fry, which is more indicative of most of the stir fry dishes I've had at Surasang, served in delicious sauce and with crispy, fresh vegetables.
The final three photos show an assortment of their appetizers. The dumplings are incredible - lightly fried and crisp, and although I like the flavor of the sauce that comes on their chicken wings (sweet but with a little 'hey now'), the wings themselves don't ever seem to taste terribly fresh. The last picture shows a typical assortment of traditional Korean appetizers that are brought before your meal, free of charge. These dishes rotate, although they usually include several types of kim chees, pickled vegetables, lightly fried squash, marinated eggplant, sprouts, and the like.
I should mention that the service at Surasang is excellent. The owner and her son are always friendly and personable when we stop by for lunch, and they always seem to have Korean dramas blaring on the television. I should also mention that if you're in the mood for Bi Bim Bahp, Surasang's is some of the best I've ever had. (Haven't tried the bulgogi here, though.) So, stop by if you want some really great Korean food - you'd be hard pressed to find Korean this good in the North Shore / Nassau County area.