Mogo Korean Fusion Tacos
632 Cookman Avenue
Open: Lunch & dinner daily
Price: $ BYO
Style: Mogo means “eat” in Korean, and the smell of the sea just blocks away spurs the appetite, especially if you sit outdoors. Indoors, the big-windowed facade lets in lots of light. Sitting indoors also puts you closer to the varied offerings of the all-you-can-eat kimchi bar.
The Scoop: Co-owned by Jersey natives Sam Chung and Jason Devino, Mogo opened as a boardwalk stand in 2012 before adding the sit-down location on Cookman in 2013. Chung’s cousin, chef Hannah Lee, based slaws and sauces on family recipes. Mogo won Best Asian Fusion (Central region) in NJM’s 2016 Jersey Choice Restaurant poll.
The Menu: Though the items look simple, each is packed with flavor. The signature spicy marinated pork tacos come with citrus-mayo slaw on a soft flour tortilla ($4). My favorite was the soy-ginger chicken burrito (left) with ponzu-sesame slaw and kimchi fried rice ($9). Messy but tasty, the bibimbap burger (100 percent Angus chuck) comes with pickled vegetables, spicy mayo, Mogo’s Asian-pear hot sauce and a sunny-side up egg with a side of potato salad ($12). Leave room for hotteok, Mogo’s warm, sesame-filled doughnut with cinnamon-sugar ($2.50).
Heads Up: Mogo’s two locations stay open until 3 am on weekends.Click here to leave a comment
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