Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong in NYC Gets Flooded With 1-Star Reviews After Owner ‘Insults’ BTS

A wave of ARMYs have flooded a New York K-Town restaurant’s Yelp page with one-star reviews after its owner commented that BTS is not as good as BIGBANG.

On Tuesday night, BTS dined at the Midtown outpost of Korean barbecue chain Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, which happens to be a celebrity hot spot.


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The restaurant’s co-owner, Bobby Kwak, reportedly caught one of BTS’s moments on camera and shared it on Instagram, but his accompanying comment angered some ARMYs, who also believed that he had violated the group’s privacy.

“Maybe I am being too harsh or maybe it’s way past my time but I feel like Big Bang had more talent than BTS,” Kwak wrote in the now-deleted post, according to Eater NY. “Kinda like Jordan vs. Lebron debate but I will admit they are slowly growing onto me.”

A screenshot of Kwak’s Instagram post. Image via Yelp / Denisse P.

BTS members, particularly Jungkook, are said to be fans of Baekjeong’s sister restaurant Ahgassi Gopchang in Los Angeles, which specializes in grilled beef intestine.

Kwak ended his post, “At least they know where to get good KBBQ!”

A screenshot of Kwak’s Instagram post. Image via Yelp / Denisse P.

ARMYs took to Yelp to retaliate against Kwak’s post, one-starring Baekjeong’s page and leaving negative reviews.

Some even accused him of setting up hidden cameras inside the restaurant.

Responding to the backlash, Kwak apologized in another Instagram post, explaining that the restaurant did not have such cameras and that he had taken the video of the group himself.

“Just want to apologize to BTS and all the BTS fans out there. The video taken yesterday was not done by Baekjeong the restaurant but by myself personally while I was eating there. There are no hidden cameras and I take full responsibility. I got starstruck.”

He hopes that ARMYs will forgive him for the matter.

“I hope all the fans and the members of BTS will be forgiving and know it was done with zero malice.”

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