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New York City, New York
May 21, 2006
From journal Korean Restaurants of NYC
by jung k
May 10, 2004
About the food. The food is high quality, which you notice from the very beginning with the ban chans (side dishes) they bring out. Not only do they bring out a lot, they are fresh, and delicious. Whatever you order there, you can count on it to be good. I've had Galbi (beef rib) soup, marrow soup, any number of chigaes (casseroles/stews), as well as plenty of Galbi (ribs) that you can cook right at the table in front of you, and haven't been disappointed yet. It is a bit pricier than the other Korean restaurants, but still well within a reasonable price range.
From journal A Korean's Guide to Korean Restaurants in NYC
Clifton, New Jersey
November 13, 2003
Kum Gang San has 2 levels. The better seating is on the 2nd floor, where you can look over the entrance and a very large water fountain, pool, and grand piano. On the tables, you will notice the traditional cooking plates for Korean barbeque (Bul Go Ki), which can be ordered and then cooked tableside. Bul Go Ki is my favorite Korean dish. It's marinated, sliced steak that comes with many smaller garnish side dishes (such as ginger, garlic, and the very spicy Kim Chee) and lettuce leaves. You wrap the steak pieces with the garnishes and rice in the lettuce. Very tasty!
All the traditional Korean dishes are available here, such as Be Bim Bop and Kalbi. Kum Gang San also has Japanese dishes and Sushi. For a great appetizer, try the Japanese Yakitori. They're like Teriyaki shish-ka-babs. The menu at Kum Gang San is meat heavy. There are many fish dishes, but not a great number of offerings for pure vegetarians. The vegetable side dishes themselves can make a meal, if you enjoy them.
Service at Kum Gang San has always been good for me. I first found this restaurant in 1999 when my friend and I were searching for good food at 3am (they are open 24 hours a day!). At that late hour, we were almost alone and our server was an older Korean woman who insisted on showing us how to authentically roll our Bul Go Ki. It was great! And Bul Go Ki at 3am! I love New York!
The only downside is the pricing. It's definitely a 'treat' for a budget hound like myself. The tab per person can easily break $30, especially if you are drinking OB Korean beer (which you should -- it's quite good). On many weekend nights, there can be a wait for a table. I recommend making reservations in this case, or if you have a larger party. Otherwise, you can usually find a seat somewhere.
If you haven't experienced Korean food, this is a great place to start!!
From journal Nickel and Dime in the Big Apple
October 26, 2000
The specialties here are Korean Barbeque and many traditional Korean dishes like Bi Bam Bap, a rice casserole cooked in a steaming iron pot.
Go with a group so you can try many dishes, and have the barbeque that is cooked on the grill in the middle of the table!
From journal Relaxing in New York