Ask for a new grill if one isn't given to you
Servers at a Korean BBQ spot should swap out the grill for you, depending on whether you're cooking beef or pork. If the restaurant doesn't swap the specialty grills for the meats you're cooking, ask for a new one! Pork should be cooked on a plate grill. Beef needs a mesh grill. Some KBBQ spots will have charcoal under the mesh, and some will just have a burner. If you're lucky enough to get charcoal, all the delicious drippings (like fat and marinades) from the meat will hit the charcoal, which will envelop the beef with a flavor-filled smoke.
You're going to want a drink
Hong says there are three basic booze options when it comes to drinking with your KBBQ: soju (a basic rice wine), takju (a cloudy rice wine), and Korean light beer. He's not a huge fan of any of these on their own (to him, the light beer "tastes like bad water"), but he says that he loves a soju bomb, which is when you drop a shot of soju into a glass filled with 70% beer. "It's one of those situations where a negative times a negative equals a positive," he says. If we were better at math, we'd be able to fact-check that, but it sounds about right.