Kum Gang San

★★★★☆
  • 49 W 32nd St

    New York, NY 10001

    Cross street: at Broadway

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  • 212-967-0909

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Delicious food and nice atmosphere!

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★★★★★

Delicious food and nice atmosphere!

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My family like to go there once in a while. Great food!!

3
★★★★★

My family like to go there once in a while. Great food!!

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All restaurant guides point to this place and they couldn't be more wrong. I was prepared to be rushed out since they like to turn over the tables very quickly, but for a Tuesday night it wasn't crowded and they didn't push us through the meal. Unfortunately the meal was very disappointing. The Pa Jun appetizer (scallion pancake) was bland, the shrimp tempura was too crusty, and the BBQ kalbi dinner portion was small and ordinary. Not to mention we had to ask for more rice with our meal. Lastly, the side dishes were minimal at best and no kimchi at all. I've been to other Korean places, most notably Kang Suh in Yonkers, and they were so much better. The hosts were polite but that was about it. I do not plan on revisiting this location.

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★☆☆☆☆

All restaurant guides point to this place and they couldn't be more wrong. I was prepared to be rushed out since they like to turn over the tables very quickly, but for a Tuesday night it wasn't crowded and they didn't push us through the meal. Unfortunately the meal was very disappointing. The Pa Jun appetizer (scallion pancake) was bland, the shrimp tempura was too crusty, and the BBQ kalbi dinner portion was small and ordinary. Not to mention we had to ask for more rice with our meal. Lastly, the side dishes were minimal at best and no kimchi at all. I've been to other Korean places, most notably Kang Suh in Yonkers, and they were so much better. The hosts were polite but that was about it. I do not plan on revisiting this location.

Pros: nice atmosphere

Cons: slow service, small portions

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One of the biggest and best of Korean barbeque restaurants among many worthy contenders in Manhattan's Koreatown. We brought friends there who thought the appetizers, which are extensive and "freebies" were the meal. Boy, were they full by the time we were done! The bibimbop is tops.

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★★★★☆

One of the biggest and best of Korean barbeque restaurants among many worthy contenders in Manhattan's Koreatown. We brought friends there who thought the appetizers, which are extensive and "freebies" were the meal. Boy, were they full by the time we were done! The bibimbop is tops.

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One of my favorite Korean Restaurants on the street. The white piano and the waterfall is nice and so is the lady that comes out in a traditional outfit to play an instrument sometimes. The food is good overall. I like the kalbi, bulgogi and bibimbop. I like their side dishes better than other places. I always leave with a very full stomach when I go there. I just hate smelling like barbecued meat in my clothes and hair but it's a small price to pay for good food.

4
★★★★☆

One of my favorite Korean Restaurants on the street. The white piano and the waterfall is nice and so is the lady that comes out in a traditional outfit to play an instrument sometimes. The food is good overall. I like the kalbi, bulgogi and bibimbop. I like their side dishes better than other places. I always leave with a very full stomach when I go there. I just hate smelling like barbecued meat in my clothes and hair but it's a small price to pay for good food.

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I loved this restaurant. My friends and I (group of 7) decided to have a late dinner around 11 P.M., but service was great. Others have put bad reviews for service, but that must be during busy times. We came at an odd hour so it wasn't crowded. You would expect food to be bad during slow hours but it was actually great. I would love to taste their food during busy hours. Definitely try the Kal Bi and special beef (? that's what I heard them call it). It was DELICIOUS! We ordered about 7 orders of the beef barbeque. I love the fact they are 24/7. It's a great place to dine after a night out with friends.

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★★★★★

I loved this restaurant. My friends and I (group of 7) decided to have a late dinner around 11 P.M., but service was great. Others have put bad reviews for service, but that must be during busy times. We came at an odd hour so it wasn't crowded. You would expect food to be bad during slow hours but it was actually great. I would love to taste their food during busy hours. Definitely try the Kal Bi and special beef (? that's what I heard them call it). It was DELICIOUS! We ordered about 7 orders of the beef barbeque. I love the fact they are 24/7. It's a great place to dine after a night out with friends.

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The food was great but the portions definitely small. The wait staff was nice and efficient. The atmosphere was very crowded, hardly romantic.

1
★★★☆☆

The food was great but the portions definitely small. The wait staff was nice and efficient. The atmosphere was very crowded, hardly romantic.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Expensive

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The food is okay, but overpriced and if you're not korean they're not as nice to you. I used to not mind that much, but after the terrible service I received the last time i went, i will NEVER go back. I went there in a birthday group of ten people. The waitress was rude, but we thought whatever, it's a busy night, who cares? After the meal, some of the group was already downstairs and outside, while the rest of us settled the bill. We put the money on the table and were about to leave when the waitress STOPPED US. She said we had to wait there - that we could not leave - until she had counted out the money we left. I was absolutely STUNNED, and then extremely angry at her rudeness in suggesting that we would try to dine and dash. (it's not like we were a group of teenagers who wouldn't have enough money. we're freakin twenty something asian bankers.) She counted the money painstakingly slow in front of everybody in the restaurant and then bid us a facetiously nice goodbye when she realized we had left her an $80 tip. Afterwards, my friend tried to complain to the manager on duty, but he pretended to not speak english!

My advice - if you're looking for overpriced korean food, just go to the restaurant across the street. their bulgogi is better anyways.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is okay, but overpriced and if you're not korean they're not as nice to you. I used to not mind that much, but after the terrible service I received the last time i went, i will NEVER go back. I went there in a birthday group of ten people. The waitress was rude, but we thought whatever, it's a busy night, who cares? After the meal, some of the group was already downstairs and outside, while the rest of us settled the bill. We put the money on the table and were about to leave when the waitress STOPPED US. She said we had to wait there - that we could not leave - until she had counted out the money we left. I was absolutely STUNNED, and then extremely angry at her rudeness in suggesting that we would try to dine and dash. (it's not like we were a group of teenagers who wouldn't have enough money. we're freakin twenty something asian bankers.) She counted the money painstakingly slow in front of everybody in the restaurant and then bid us a facetiously nice goodbye when she realized we had left her an $80 tip. Afterwards, my friend tried to complain to the manager on duty, but he pretended to not speak english!

My advice - if you're looking for overpriced korean food, just go to the restaurant across the street. their bulgogi is better anyways.

Pros: Nice hostess

Cons: Horrible waitresses

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If you don't mind dropping $60-$70 in 20 minutes flat for so-so food, this is your place. We used to come here, both as a couple and in a group, and it was always fun - an experience - not rushed, food decent, service not great, but okay. The last couple times have been awful. They hovered over us until we were ready to order, and no sooner did they drop the kimchee plates, they were bringing the main course, and insisting on cooking it on the BBQ for us, despite us making it clear we like to do it ourselves... on our own time, at our own pace. The beef was grisly (again) and the chicken was bland. The Shumai appetizer (which came AFTER the main course food) sucked. Trader Joe's has better frozen Shumai. This place is now like a fast-food joint, with 4-star restaurant prices. We will NEVER go here again.

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★★☆☆☆

If you don't mind dropping $60-$70 in 20 minutes flat for so-so food, this is your place. We used to come here, both as a couple and in a group, and it was always fun - an experience - not rushed, food decent, service not great, but okay. The last couple times have been awful. They hovered over us until we were ready to order, and no sooner did they drop the kimchee plates, they were bringing the main course, and insisting on cooking it on the BBQ for us, despite us making it clear we like to do it ourselves... on our own time, at our own pace. The beef was grisly (again) and the chicken was bland. The Shumai appetizer (which came AFTER the main course food) sucked. Trader Joe's has better frozen Shumai. This place is now like a fast-food joint, with 4-star restaurant prices. We will NEVER go here again.

Pros: FAST, nicer decor than others

Cons: Too FAST, Expensive, Annoying Service

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This restaurant is enjoyable for the decor only. The food is bland and mediocre. Furthermore, the service that i had received was terrible. The Manager himself spilt soysauce all over my bag and my coat, and he expressed no remorse or heartfelt apology for his actions. In fact, when i confronted him about it, he accused me of being oversensitive and rude. I felt having black soy sauce over a four hundred dollar bag was good reason to be upset, especially when he did nothing to help or ease my frustration. He was belittling and condescending. I will never go there again. For better food, friendlier service, and a more authentic korean experience, i highly recommend Kunjip restaurant, further down the block near fifth ave.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant is enjoyable for the decor only. The food is bland and mediocre. Furthermore, the service that i had received was terrible. The Manager himself spilt soysauce all over my bag and my coat, and he expressed no remorse or heartfelt apology for his actions. In fact, when i confronted him about it, he accused me of being oversensitive and rude. I felt having black soy sauce over a four hundred dollar bag was good reason to be upset, especially when he did nothing to help or ease my frustration. He was belittling and condescending. I will never go there again. For better food, friendlier service, and a more authentic korean experience, i highly recommend Kunjip restaurant, further down the block near fifth ave.

Pros: decor

Cons: manager, food

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The food was unbelievable. This was my first time eating Korean BBQ and I'm hooked. This restaurant has an wonderful and speedy staff. I can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

The food was unbelievable. This was my first time eating Korean BBQ and I'm hooked. This restaurant has an wonderful and speedy staff. I can't wait to go back.

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We had a very shocking experience during our meal when a member of staff threw a table number from the balcony above at one of our party hitting her on the head, luckily missing an eye. A member of staff was informed and said he would tell the manager, but as it turned out did not do so. We later spoke to the manger and found his attitude indifferent and unconcerned and can only assume such rudness is the norm.

Rather than enjoying a relaxed meal, we felt embarrassed, slighted and horrified at the disregard in which we were held. Obviously we will not dine there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had a very shocking experience during our meal when a member of staff threw a table number from the balcony above at one of our party hitting her on the head, luckily missing an eye. A member of staff was informed and said he would tell the manager, but as it turned out did not do so. We later spoke to the manger and found his attitude indifferent and unconcerned and can only assume such rudness is the norm.

Rather than enjoying a relaxed meal, we felt embarrassed, slighted and horrified at the disregard in which we were held. Obviously we will not dine there again.

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Kum GangSan (in Manhattan) was fantastic. We sat upstairs. The people were all friendly. The service was great.
We had the jap chae, bulgogi(beef) dak qui (chicken) and a shrimp dish you also cook at the table.
The waitress couldnt have been nicer. They stamped our parking ticket (you pay them $12) and hand the ticket to the garage attendant. So you end up paying $12 instead of $35 for parking. Don't listen to negative reviewers. I couldnt find one thing to complain about.

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★★★★★

Kum GangSan (in Manhattan) was fantastic. We sat upstairs. The people were all friendly. The service was great.
We had the jap chae, bulgogi(beef) dak qui (chicken) and a shrimp dish you also cook at the table.
The waitress couldnt have been nicer. They stamped our parking ticket (you pay them $12) and hand the ticket to the garage attendant. So you end up paying $12 instead of $35 for parking. Don't listen to negative reviewers. I couldnt find one thing to complain about.

Pros: food service

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I am not sure what the allure for KumGang San is; perhaps it is the imitation cliff face with a baby grand piano perched upon it but anyone who has sampled Korean food from the area would soon recognize after a visit here that there are simply much better choices available. The atmosphere at KumGang San- bright light, crowed wide open spaces, and all you can hear is the clamoring of plates and the din of conversations- very cafeteria like. The food isn't bad but there are simply places in the area that prepare it better and for cheaper prices.

The worst thing about KumGangSan is the service-

Recently while having dinner at KumGang San I was hoping to enjoy a dish of Bim Bim Bop in hot stoneware. I accidentally pointed to the wrong item on the menu and the waiter mentioned that the beef would be raw but he was not clear that there would be no hot stoneware where it would cook. Beef tar tar styled Korean dish arrived at my table in a cold metal bowl and I realized I had made a mistake. I then say to the waiter, " I am sorry I made a mistake, would it be okay if I had a hot bowl or something to cook the meat in- I would be happy to pay extra." Before I even had a chance to finish my sentence the waiter shouted at me saying "No! I told you what is! No!" and he stormed off. I sat there rather surprised and shocked at his reaction and decided to put the dish aside and see if he would return more composed but he didn't want to serve me anymore. So I approached the manager and I explained that I would be happy to keep the dish but I wished for some means of cooking the meat. He agreed it would be okay but when he came over he was annoyed, and unfriendly. As I left I thanked the manager but he wouldn't listen to me. It was simply the rudest service I have experienced. Alternatives- for inexpensive vegetarian Korean try Cho Dang Gol (55W 33rd), for nice serene atmosphere try HanGawi (12 E. 32nd), other good bets- Woo Lae Oak (148 Mercer), or Yangpyun (43W 33rd).

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★☆☆☆☆

I am not sure what the allure for KumGang San is; perhaps it is the imitation cliff face with a baby grand piano perched upon it but anyone who has sampled Korean food from the area would soon recognize after a visit here that there are simply much better choices available. The atmosphere at KumGang San- bright light, crowed wide open spaces, and all you can hear is the clamoring of plates and the din of conversations- very cafeteria like. The food isn't bad but there are simply places in the area that prepare it better and for cheaper prices.

The worst thing about KumGangSan is the service-

Recently while having dinner at KumGang San I was hoping to enjoy a dish of Bim Bim Bop in hot stoneware. I accidentally pointed to the wrong item on the menu and the waiter mentioned that the beef would be raw but he was not clear that there would be no hot stoneware where it would cook. Beef tar tar styled Korean dish arrived at my table in a cold metal bowl and I realized I had made a mistake. I then say to the waiter, " I am sorry I made a mistake, would it be okay if I had a hot bowl or something to cook the meat in- I would be happy to pay extra." Before I even had a chance to finish my sentence the waiter shouted at me saying "No! I told you what is! No!" and he stormed off. I sat there rather surprised and shocked at his reaction and decided to put the dish aside and see if he would return more composed but he didn't want to serve me anymore. So I approached the manager and I explained that I would be happy to keep the dish but I wished for some means of cooking the meat. He agreed it would be okay but when he came over he was annoyed, and unfriendly. As I left I thanked the manager but he wouldn't listen to me. It was simply the rudest service I have experienced. Alternatives- for inexpensive vegetarian Korean try Cho Dang Gol (55W 33rd), for nice serene atmosphere try HanGawi (12 E. 32nd), other good bets- Woo Lae Oak (148 Mercer), or Yangpyun (43W 33rd).

Pros: imitation rock face

Cons: rude service, bad ambience, mediocre food.

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Every single time I go to this restaurant, I experience one of the worst services you can receive in a Korean restaurant. Unfortunately, I go cuz I have to as this is one of the largest places and sitting is almost guaranteed. The service is Inattentive, and slow. The waiter will not show up unless you have to call him, which is hard as they are never looking toward your side. I found them many times talking between themselves and not taking care of business. The food is OK, and the BBQ is below average. It has a nice decor, and you are paying for it. If you want to taste the real Korean food in 32nd ST. go somewhere else.
Don't let the restaurante fool you with the free parking, as sometimes they won't validate it. On a Saturday, I took my out of town friends because it was the only one who offered free parking. Oh, well.... spent over $100 for lunch for 4 people and because I was 1 minute over the limit, the parking ticket was not validated. They should have covered at least the first 2 hours that they have promised and I could paid the difference, but this was not an option with the restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

Every single time I go to this restaurant, I experience one of the worst services you can receive in a Korean restaurant. Unfortunately, I go cuz I have to as this is one of the largest places and sitting is almost guaranteed. The service is Inattentive, and slow. The waiter will not show up unless you have to call him, which is hard as they are never looking toward your side. I found them many times talking between themselves and not taking care of business. The food is OK, and the BBQ is below average. It has a nice decor, and you are paying for it. If you want to taste the real Korean food in 32nd ST. go somewhere else.
Don't let the restaurante fool you with the free parking, as sometimes they won't validate it. On a Saturday, I took my out of town friends because it was the only one who offered free parking. Oh, well.... spent over $100 for lunch for 4 people and because I was 1 minute over the limit, the parking ticket was not validated. They should have covered at least the first 2 hours that they have promised and I could paid the difference, but this was not an option with the restaurant.

Pros: Enough Sittings

Cons: Inattentive Service, below average food, no free parking as advertised

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Get the seafood scallion pancake and the seafood spicy casserole. They are sooooo good! every time I've gone the food has always been excellent. Love the decor too.

2
★★★★★

Get the seafood scallion pancake and the seafood spicy casserole. They are sooooo good! every time I've gone the food has always been excellent. Love the decor too.

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its just over all a pretty good place for kalbi, bulgogi and bibimbap are really good in this one and the flushing one both

2
★★★★☆

its just over all a pretty good place for kalbi, bulgogi and bibimbap are really good in this one and the flushing one both

Pros: good selection, the waterfall/harp playing combo

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As a Korean American, this is by far my favourite Korean restaurant in the city. I was so excited to know they have a location in Manhattan. The service may seem "rude" to Americans - but it's just a different custom. The service is fast, efficient, and on point. The food is always consistent. The vegetable mandoo (fried) is a great appetizer, as well as the pajun pancake. Of course, it's known for the Korean BBQ but there are so many other delicious dishes to try (ie. gop dol bimabap; tofu jigae, etc.) Great place to get a quick and filling meal. However, good to arrive on off-peak hours since it does get crazy!

2
★★★★★

As a Korean American, this is by far my favourite Korean restaurant in the city. I was so excited to know they have a location in Manhattan. The service may seem "rude" to Americans - but it's just a different custom. The service is fast, efficient, and on point. The food is always consistent. The vegetable mandoo (fried) is a great appetizer, as well as the pajun pancake. Of course, it's known for the Korean BBQ but there are so many other delicious dishes to try (ie. gop dol bimabap; tofu jigae, etc.) Great place to get a quick and filling meal. However, good to arrive on off-peak hours since it does get crazy!

Pros: Efficient Service; Consistent Food; Cheap

Cons: After work crowded

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Overpriced and underwhelming food, in portion size and taste. Poor to non-existent service. My first and last time I will be dining there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Overpriced and underwhelming food, in portion size and taste. Poor to non-existent service. My first and last time I will be dining there.

Pros: None

Cons: Rude service, high prices for very small portions

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Just loved KumGangSan!! To avoid the crowd, we arrived about 5 pm, which was a perfect time. We were greeted and seated upstairs. Our waitress, was extremely, pleasant and asked if we would like some help in planning our dinner. We choose the barbecue beef and seafood combination...which was Excellent. They start you out with about 8 different dishes of appetizers, which is included with your meal. We also decided to try a soup and rice dish, portions are large and can be shared. Try something different, you will be glad you did, as the food is really wonderful. Planning our second trip back soon!!

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★★★★★

Just loved KumGangSan!! To avoid the crowd, we arrived about 5 pm, which was a perfect time. We were greeted and seated upstairs. Our waitress, was extremely, pleasant and asked if we would like some help in planning our dinner. We choose the barbecue beef and seafood combination...which was Excellent. They start you out with about 8 different dishes of appetizers, which is included with your meal. We also decided to try a soup and rice dish, portions are large and can be shared. Try something different, you will be glad you did, as the food is really wonderful. Planning our second trip back soon!!

Pros: Great Food, Large Restaurant, Plesant Dinning Exp

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Don't come here after the 10PM mark or you're doomed to subpar food. Some folks believe this place is spotty in service and in food, but there is no denying the scene is very nice. It can get spendy depending on some items and in some ways its not as worth it as some other places on the street. I like the dinner hours where there is live music and a lively ambiance. Food has always been great here for me, I wish I could say the same for other patrons.

2
★★★★☆

Don't come here after the 10PM mark or you're doomed to subpar food. Some folks believe this place is spotty in service and in food, but there is no denying the scene is very nice. It can get spendy depending on some items and in some ways its not as worth it as some other places on the street. I like the dinner hours where there is live music and a lively ambiance. Food has always been great here for me, I wish I could say the same for other patrons.

Pros: Food, Decor, Service

Cons: Smoke

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Kum Gan San is famous for having really great food, ambience and the greatest Korean BBQ ever! It is huge in size with a beautiful waterfall at the entrance. Sometimes, there is a woman perched on the waterfall playing the flute. Welcome to the world of fine dining. Food is abundant. You get about 10 tiny appetizers with each meal. Portions are meant to be shared family style. Food is excellent. Service is great but, the bill tends to run high at the end of the night, especially if you've had drinks with your meal. Overall, a fantastic place to try some quality Korean food.

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★★★★★

Kum Gan San is famous for having really great food, ambience and the greatest Korean BBQ ever! It is huge in size with a beautiful waterfall at the entrance. Sometimes, there is a woman perched on the waterfall playing the flute. Welcome to the world of fine dining. Food is abundant. You get about 10 tiny appetizers with each meal. Portions are meant to be shared family style. Food is excellent. Service is great but, the bill tends to run high at the end of the night, especially if you've had drinks with your meal. Overall, a fantastic place to try some quality Korean food.

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You may not be served quickly, and the wait staff can't be called overly friendly however this is a must have New York experience. This is quality Seoul food and it's open 24/7. They have a decent selection of soju and sake. The kimchee is excellent. My personal favorite here is the dak bul gui, however the sizzling rice bowls are enticing as well and if you're into noodles try the Jap che. Don't be intimidated by the menu. Choose something that has ingredients you enjoy and don't worry about being properly satiated or satisfied. This is a great date dinning experience, not for the atmoshpere but for the adventure and food.

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★★★★★

You may not be served quickly, and the wait staff can't be called overly friendly however this is a must have New York experience. This is quality Seoul food and it's open 24/7. They have a decent selection of soju and sake. The kimchee is excellent. My personal favorite here is the dak bul gui, however the sizzling rice bowls are enticing as well and if you're into noodles try the Jap che. Don't be intimidated by the menu. Choose something that has ingredients you enjoy and don't worry about being properly satiated or satisfied. This is a great date dinning experience, not for the atmoshpere but for the adventure and food.

Pros: Great Food, Sushi, You get a lot of food

Cons: Crowded at times, Spicy for some, A bit pricey

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we ate at the Flushing, ny location. prices were high for some items. kalbi beef is done pretty well though portions are small. complimentary appetizers and fruit are provided. cocktails are not that great. service can be slow when the place is crowded.

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★★★☆☆

we ate at the Flushing, ny location. prices were high for some items. kalbi beef is done pretty well though portions are small. complimentary appetizers and fruit are provided. cocktails are not that great. service can be slow when the place is crowded.

Pros: large space, clean decor

Cons: a bit pricey, slow service

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The food is average, and the service is definitely better for native Korean speakers. If you want a view of the waterfall and piano, get a seat upstairs. But ohnestly, it's not THAT great. You sort of forget it's there after a while.

Good point: the "banchan" or the side dishes are great. You get a whole lo of them, and they are all varied and made quite well.

I don't see this as a romantic place...it's more of a place to go with your long-term significant other late at night when you crave some Korean food. Or, to take your family.

2
★★★★☆

The food is average, and the service is definitely better for native Korean speakers. If you want a view of the waterfall and piano, get a seat upstairs. But ohnestly, it's not THAT great. You sort of forget it's there after a while.

Good point: the "banchan" or the side dishes are great. You get a whole lo of them, and they are all varied and made quite well.

I don't see this as a romantic place...it's more of a place to go with your long-term significant other late at night when you crave some Korean food. Or, to take your family.

Pros: Great side dishes

Cons: Average food, Rude Waitstaff

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This is a great place for people who have never eaten Korean food and want the experience or for someone who loves Korean food and knows what the deal is. The food is a little expensive and I would avoide the sushi.

2
★★★★☆

This is a great place for people who have never eaten Korean food and want the experience or for someone who loves Korean food and knows what the deal is. The food is a little expensive and I would avoide the sushi.

Pros: Good for Groups, Fun, Tasty

Cons: Expensive, h

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When I look at the menu I was surprised at the relatively high price compared with other korean restaurants. I thought the food was going to be good but it wasnt. We ordered a seafood and pork bbq but the pork was done at the kitchen instead of at the table. The pork tasted just like chinese roasted pork at chinatown (which only costs under $10 for a pound) and the serving was very little but it costs more than $20. The seafood bbq only contains one shrimp, one mushroom, one oyster, and a bunch of vegetables, and it costs more than $40. The whole dinner costs $100 for 2 ppl. I think it is really not worth it. There are better korean restaurants with better food and cheaper prices.

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★★★☆☆

When I look at the menu I was surprised at the relatively high price compared with other korean restaurants. I thought the food was going to be good but it wasnt. We ordered a seafood and pork bbq but the pork was done at the kitchen instead of at the table. The pork tasted just like chinese roasted pork at chinatown (which only costs under $10 for a pound) and the serving was very little but it costs more than $20. The seafood bbq only contains one shrimp, one mushroom, one oyster, and a bunch of vegetables, and it costs more than $40. The whole dinner costs $100 for 2 ppl. I think it is really not worth it. There are better korean restaurants with better food and cheaper prices.

Cons: too expensive, bad food

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when this restaurant first opened in Flushing Queens, it was definitely the place to go to but the chef moved to Manhattan and the Queens location wasn't as great. The Manhattan location seems to be following because the food isn't nearly as great as the other places. I would say that it is only acceptable. If you do go, take advantage of the gahrl-bee bento lunch special. That's the only thing worth getting at this restaurant until they get skimpy on the meat.

1
★★☆☆☆

when this restaurant first opened in Flushing Queens, it was definitely the place to go to but the chef moved to Manhattan and the Queens location wasn't as great. The Manhattan location seems to be following because the food isn't nearly as great as the other places. I would say that it is only acceptable. If you do go, take advantage of the gahrl-bee bento lunch special. That's the only thing worth getting at this restaurant until they get skimpy on the meat.

Pros: lunch specials

Cons: no parking, walk out w/food smell, service is not great

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Four old Peace Corps buddies who served in Korea (South); one from AZ, one from PA, one from NC and me, from NYC; were looking for a decent Korean restaurant for a nice lunch. This place was great. The service was good, they tollerated our bad Korean language, served a decent "pan-chan" and a very good Bul-Go-Gi!
All four of us, who served two years in rural Korea to all enjoy a space, that's good stuff!
BTW, one of the members was married to a Korean, had children with a Korean, and wanted to get a "doggie bag" to take home to the kids!

I recommend it!

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★★★★★

Four old Peace Corps buddies who served in Korea (South); one from AZ, one from PA, one from NC and me, from NYC; were looking for a decent Korean restaurant for a nice lunch. This place was great. The service was good, they tollerated our bad Korean language, served a decent "pan-chan" and a very good Bul-Go-Gi!
All four of us, who served two years in rural Korea to all enjoy a space, that's good stuff!
BTW, one of the members was married to a Korean, had children with a Korean, and wanted to get a "doggie bag" to take home to the kids!

I recommend it!

Pros: service, food, atmosphere

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Curious about Korean food, we walked into this spacious, well-decorated restaurant. While I picked a fairly safe dish, my companion selected something the waitress noted "Americans usually don't order," and soon found out why. Service was fairly attentive and a plethora of sides (unannounced) made up for the slightly outlandish prices. I recoomend going with barbecue, as this is the specialty (something I should have done).

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★★★☆☆

Curious about Korean food, we walked into this spacious, well-decorated restaurant. While I picked a fairly safe dish, my companion selected something the waitress noted "Americans usually don't order," and soon found out why. Service was fairly attentive and a plethora of sides (unannounced) made up for the slightly outlandish prices. I recoomend going with barbecue, as this is the specialty (something I should have done).

Pros: spacious, inviting

Cons: , risky menu

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ive gone to this restaurant on a number of occassions, and while i think the food is generally consistent, i was appalled at the sometimes rude service and even ruder manager. while this was just one occassion, it has kept me from returning to this restaurant. overall however, the service is pretty quick, and you cant go wrong with the food.

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★★★☆☆

ive gone to this restaurant on a number of occassions, and while i think the food is generally consistent, i was appalled at the sometimes rude service and even ruder manager. while this was just one occassion, it has kept me from returning to this restaurant. overall however, the service is pretty quick, and you cant go wrong with the food.

Pros: food

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I went to the restaurant with my girlfriend and her family. I did expect a good everning because the one in Queens is good. Sadly, it isn't. The price are same, but the portion is for cats. There were five people, and none of us feels had anything his stomach. We got a bill which is over $150 dollars and a bad night.

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★★★☆☆

I went to the restaurant with my girlfriend and her family. I did expect a good everning because the one in Queens is good. Sadly, it isn't. The price are same, but the portion is for cats. There were five people, and none of us feels had anything his stomach. We got a bill which is over $150 dollars and a bad night.

Pros: big space

Cons: small portion

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Whenever my friends and I are trying to decide where to eat in Korea Town, we consistently pick Kum Gang San because it has something for everyone. Great place to get Korean BBQ. The Kalbi Tang (beef short ribs in broth) and Neng Myun (cold buckwheat noodles in soup) are my favorites here.

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★★★★☆

Whenever my friends and I are trying to decide where to eat in Korea Town, we consistently pick Kum Gang San because it has something for everyone. Great place to get Korean BBQ. The Kalbi Tang (beef short ribs in broth) and Neng Myun (cold buckwheat noodles in soup) are my favorites here.

Pros: open 24 hours, great location, variety of dishes

Cons: meat can be $$$

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This place has very good food, but was a bit pricey, for two people the total was over $75. I reccomend the Plum Wine, very tasty and goes excellent with the food. The complimentary appetizers were very good, though I'm still trying to figure out if one of them was snail or not LOL The table BBQ was fun, especially for two aspiring chefs. Great place to try something new!

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★★★★☆

This place has very good food, but was a bit pricey, for two people the total was over $75. I reccomend the Plum Wine, very tasty and goes excellent with the food. The complimentary appetizers were very good, though I'm still trying to figure out if one of them was snail or not LOL The table BBQ was fun, especially for two aspiring chefs. Great place to try something new!

Pros: Good food, fun experience

Cons: pricey, slow service

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Went here the other night with my sister for dinner. If you skip the Bimi Bop rice, which is delicious, and choose the meats, the condiments and the lettuce, you have yourself once hell of an Atkins meal. Plus you get to grill your own meat. Fun fun. But keep in mind you will walk out smelling like a BBQ pit and the prices can get steep. I prefer the short ribs and ribeye. The kimchee is also yummy! If you ever find yourself in the 30's West, I say give it a try.

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★★★★☆

Went here the other night with my sister for dinner. If you skip the Bimi Bop rice, which is delicious, and choose the meats, the condiments and the lettuce, you have yourself once hell of an Atkins meal. Plus you get to grill your own meat. Fun fun. But keep in mind you will walk out smelling like a BBQ pit and the prices can get steep. I prefer the short ribs and ribeye. The kimchee is also yummy! If you ever find yourself in the 30's West, I say give it a try.

Pros: Fresh Meat, DIY BBQ, Good for Groups

Cons: Can get pricey

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Even though the Kum Gang San in Flushing is better, the restaurant in NYC is still consistantly tasty and better than a lot of other places. The ban-chan (appetizers) are some of the best and the place is always packed with people. Best of all, it's open 24 hours a day!!

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★★★★☆

Even though the Kum Gang San in Flushing is better, the restaurant in NYC is still consistantly tasty and better than a lot of other places. The ban-chan (appetizers) are some of the best and the place is always packed with people. Best of all, it's open 24 hours a day!!

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Had dinner here with two friends recently. Pleasant setting with live piano and cello music. The place is a bit kitschy but very nice inside. Extremely attentive service and FANTASTIC food! The korean chirashi was great, as was the BBQ we had. The kim chi dishes are tasty and good. And the best - all this comes at less than $25 per person! Great place!

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★★★★★

Had dinner here with two friends recently. Pleasant setting with live piano and cello music. The place is a bit kitschy but very nice inside. Extremely attentive service and FANTASTIC food! The korean chirashi was great, as was the BBQ we had. The kim chi dishes are tasty and good. And the best - all this comes at less than $25 per person! Great place!

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Been here a couple times and I had to admit, as much as I love Korean food, this place doesn't do it for me. The pajun (Korean pancakes) was awful and the bibimbop was substandard. The kimchi noodle soup was fishy and spare. Both times I was there, I vowed never to come back again. And very pricey too.

N.B.: I didn't try the Korean BBQ here but I hear this is the place to go if you want BBQ.

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★★☆☆☆

Been here a couple times and I had to admit, as much as I love Korean food, this place doesn't do it for me. The pajun (Korean pancakes) was awful and the bibimbop was substandard. The kimchi noodle soup was fishy and spare. Both times I was there, I vowed never to come back again. And very pricey too.

N.B.: I didn't try the Korean BBQ here but I hear this is the place to go if you want BBQ.

Pros: No waiting

Cons: Expensive, Not-too-good food

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This is a frequent restaurant for me when I'm in the mood for Korean. With a variety of dishes to try from, the food is usually pretty good. It is a bit expensive, but it evens out becuse you get a lot of side dishes which when you ask can be refilled for free. I personally like the gop dol bibimbap, hae mul pajun, and soon-dubu jigae. I haven't tried the barbeque because I don't eat red meat, but I heard that it's good also. The only down side is the service is usually horrible when it's busy, and the decor is a bit cheesy with a big screen tv in back and a waterfall in front.

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★★★★☆

This is a frequent restaurant for me when I'm in the mood for Korean. With a variety of dishes to try from, the food is usually pretty good. It is a bit expensive, but it evens out becuse you get a lot of side dishes which when you ask can be refilled for free. I personally like the gop dol bibimbap, hae mul pajun, and soon-dubu jigae. I haven't tried the barbeque because I don't eat red meat, but I heard that it's good also. The only down side is the service is usually horrible when it's busy, and the decor is a bit cheesy with a big screen tv in back and a waterfall in front.

Pros: Good food, good deal

Cons: crowded, bad service sometimes

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I've gone several times for the Korean BBQ of beef and shrimp for dinner. My friends decided to treat me for my 30th B-day last year at this place and it was a blast. The dumpling soup was bracingly superb and the seafood scallion pancakes are a must. My Birthday dessert was an abundance of fruits and ice cream. Service could be sluggish for a party of 16 but they did okay although some orders were missed . Get in before peak dinner time (7-8 PM) to avoid harried service. Tip, if you don't want to smell potently like BBQ, you can ask them to do it in the kitchen. Grilling tableside, your clothes better head for the dry cleaners or the laundry afterwards.

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★★★★★

I've gone several times for the Korean BBQ of beef and shrimp for dinner. My friends decided to treat me for my 30th B-day last year at this place and it was a blast. The dumpling soup was bracingly superb and the seafood scallion pancakes are a must. My Birthday dessert was an abundance of fruits and ice cream. Service could be sluggish for a party of 16 but they did okay although some orders were missed . Get in before peak dinner time (7-8 PM) to avoid harried service. Tip, if you don't want to smell potently like BBQ, you can ask them to do it in the kitchen. Grilling tableside, your clothes better head for the dry cleaners or the laundry afterwards.

Pros: Great Grilled Items, Reasonable Price, Lots of variety

Cons: Crowded on Peak Hours, Harried Service

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The kim chi chige here is wonderful. It is my favorite dish. I often order it for lunch, and since it's so big, I take it home and end up eating it for dinner as well. The little side dishes are delicious. I admit that is the part of the Korean eating experience that I love. The wait staff is friendly, but you may have trouble getting your bill when it gets really busy. Eat here with your friends for a cool "Korean" night, or go alone for lunch.

2
★★★★★

The kim chi chige here is wonderful. It is my favorite dish. I often order it for lunch, and since it's so big, I take it home and end up eating it for dinner as well. The little side dishes are delicious. I admit that is the part of the Korean eating experience that I love. The wait staff is friendly, but you may have trouble getting your bill when it gets really busy. Eat here with your friends for a cool "Korean" night, or go alone for lunch.

Pros: awesome kimchi chige, great side dishes, friendly staff

Cons: make res. for dinner

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The Korean Barbecue was absolutely fantastic! The service however was less to be desired. I had to beg for a cup of water and we were left waiting for the check for an inerminable amount of time. If only the service could match the food this place would be much better. The food was delicious and worth being treated like second class citizens.

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★★★★☆

The Korean Barbecue was absolutely fantastic! The service however was less to be desired. I had to beg for a cup of water and we were left waiting for the check for an inerminable amount of time. If only the service could match the food this place would be much better. The food was delicious and worth being treated like second class citizens.

Pros: The grill at the tabl, Fantastic BBQ

Cons: inattentive service

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Compared to Kom Tang Soot Bul, the meat is more tender and that's probably due to a better marinade. The atmosphere is also definitely livelier. The service at Kom Tang was better, I thought... and the atmosphere is more ... umm.. "intimate?" (At Kom Tang Soot I felt that I was at Korea even though I've never been, but Kum Gang San feels more like a "Korean Restaurant in NYC". Kum Gang is more touristy, as I noticed from the crowd. However, still the food was excellent and had a great time. You gotta try both places, depends on what you're looking for.

2
★★★★☆

Compared to Kom Tang Soot Bul, the meat is more tender and that's probably due to a better marinade. The atmosphere is also definitely livelier. The service at Kom Tang was better, I thought... and the atmosphere is more ... umm.. "intimate?" (At Kom Tang Soot I felt that I was at Korea even though I've never been, but Kum Gang San feels more like a "Korean Restaurant in NYC". Kum Gang is more touristy, as I noticed from the crowd. However, still the food was excellent and had a great time. You gotta try both places, depends on what you're looking for.

Pros: Good marinade, Good meat cuts, Clean and scenic

Cons: No charcoal, a bit touristy

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IN NYC!
The service may be brash, but the food comes quickly and the it is just like homecooking!
I would steer away from the soondoobu chigae, but the rest of the menu is delicious!

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★★★★☆

IN NYC!
The service may be brash, but the food comes quickly and the it is just like homecooking!
I would steer away from the soondoobu chigae, but the rest of the menu is delicious!

Pros: open 24 hours, great food, food comes quickly

Cons: can get crowded, service minimal

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Great overall presentation of Korea's ample cuisine. If you like meat, try kalbi or bulgoki (make it yourself at your table). If you like soups, there are plenty to choose from; aljigae is great if it's cold out and if you like caviar (but it's hot as hell, be warned).

The nice touch is the piano player and sometimes, a young lady dressed in traditional Korean garb playing a Korean harp.

It doesn't always help that the waitstaff, ALL Korean, often speaks halting English at best. But they do run!

2
★★★★☆

Great overall presentation of Korea's ample cuisine. If you like meat, try kalbi or bulgoki (make it yourself at your table). If you like soups, there are plenty to choose from; aljigae is great if it's cold out and if you like caviar (but it's hot as hell, be warned).

The nice touch is the piano player and sometimes, a young lady dressed in traditional Korean garb playing a Korean harp.

It doesn't always help that the waitstaff, ALL Korean, often speaks halting English at best. But they do run!

Pros: overall great food

Cons: too noisy

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Kum Gang has delicious Kim Chi pancake but, unfortunately it took a half hour to get to our table. Seated in the upstairs part of the restaurant my party and I were subjected to rude, abrupt service and unmercifully long waits for our food. The BBQ is a definite novely but, when the grilling went haywire at the table next to ours the entire room filled with smoke. For the most part the waitstaff was friendly though a major obstacle to smoothe ordertaking was the Korean-English language barrier. Lastly, after spending a little over an hour and most of that time waiting for our food to arrive the manager barked at us to leave to make room for another party that had been waiting for 25 minutes! EXCUSE ME, Kum Gang, I along with my other friends that joined me for dinner, will be taking our business to another restaurant!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Kum Gang has delicious Kim Chi pancake but, unfortunately it took a half hour to get to our table. Seated in the upstairs part of the restaurant my party and I were subjected to rude, abrupt service and unmercifully long waits for our food. The BBQ is a definite novely but, when the grilling went haywire at the table next to ours the entire room filled with smoke. For the most part the waitstaff was friendly though a major obstacle to smoothe ordertaking was the Korean-English language barrier. Lastly, after spending a little over an hour and most of that time waiting for our food to arrive the manager barked at us to leave to make room for another party that had been waiting for 25 minutes! EXCUSE ME, Kum Gang, I along with my other friends that joined me for dinner, will be taking our business to another restaurant!!!

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It's always a treat to get a table upstairs and order the Korean barbecue, prepared by the waiters at a grill set into the table. Little bowls of kimchi are presented gratis before the meal. We recommend the bulgogi (short ribs) and other…

 

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