Went to Insa, the new Korean restaurant in Gowanus this week with a few friends. What struck me first was the beautifully simple decor. Lots of wood - wood floors, walls, and long wood tables with barbecue plates built in. Clean, minimal, yet still cozy. The staff was warm and friendly and answered our questions about the restaurant and cuisine. We started by sharing a plate of Tteokbokki, which is a tasty mix of spicy rice cakes, fish cakes and a soft boiled egg in a tangy sauce. Then we each got the Bibimbap which is a mix of vegetables, rice, Gochujang sauce topped with a fried egg. You can choose to have it with tofu or bulgogi, a kind of beef. We all opted for tofu. This was a wonderfully warm and filling dish to have on a cold night. It’s brought out in a very hot stone bowl, so it stays hot from start to finish and the rice and other bits of goodies caramelize in the bottom of the bowl. Along with your entrée, you are also brought out tiny bowls of Banchan, little tasty side dishes ranging from black soy beans to kimchi. And they keep coming…All in all, a wonderful evening. We hope to go back to try one of their 5 karaoke rooms where you can order food and drinks for your party.