BIBIMBAP. It's Korean, it's tasty, it's fun to say. Some folks in the East Village decided to open a no-brainer bar and bibimbap joint--filling cheap eats and beer. I like the idea and the place has a very nice interior and doesn't seem to get that crowded so you can have a conversation with your drinking/eating buds. It's slightly hidden, you have to walk past Setagaya and to the back to get to BiBimBar--it's really not that confusing, but the two places are NOT affiliated in anyway.
Most of the bibimbap run for around $10 and you get a lot of food as bibimbap is generally very filling and easy to make. If you opt for the stone bowl to keep your bibimbap hot and crispy then you'll end up paying a few extra dollars--though it is worth it in my opinion so you can get the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom. Beer isn't the cheapest here, but you can expect about average prices. OB beer is your best bet here, you can get a huge bottle for pretty cheap and it's Korean so you can keep face.
It's hard to mess up bibimbap and BibimBar doesn't fail to make a decent bowl. You can choose from vegetarian, pork, beef and seafood and they all come with a slew of veggies, hot sauce, fried eggs and more. I love it and it's probably more healthy than your average bar food of nachos and hot wings. Definitely worth a try, especially if your looking to try something new. The staff was very nice and attentive, a clean place too--not divey at all.
141 1st. Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212 529 2746, yelp page