Kum Gang San (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Korean Midtown West
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Kum Gang San (CLOSED)
Kum Gang San

Get over the military efficiency of the service, ignore the fake waterfall, and look past the odd little fruit sculptures that come with the check: This is still a safe bet for reliably good food. Bring a group of 2 or 20 for a business lunch or a wee-hour, hangover-averting coda. Marinated meats, grilled at the table, never disappoint, and the meaty broiled fish—samchi gui (Spanish mackerel) in particular—is moist yet crisp-skinned.


Venue name: Kum Gang San (CLOSED)
Address: 49 W 32nd St
New York
Cross street: at Broadway
Opening hours: Daily 24hrs
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, W to 34th St–Herald Sq
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V
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Kum Gang San will always hold a special place in my heart - or rather, my stomach. It was the first time I ever had Korean food, namely bibimbap, so naturally it blew my mind. I don't know if it's actually as insanely mind-blowingly delicious as I think it is, because it's hard to be impartial when there is so much sentimental feeling there for me here, but if the browned cripsy rice sizzling in the bottom of the stone bowl I experienced on a more recent visit is any indication, I'd say it's every bit as good as I thought it was the first time I had it. The interior is a marvel in itself with a faux rock/cave wall with a white piano situated above the lower dining area, so even if the bibimbap isn't as good as I say (it is though), you'll still walk away with a truly memorable experience.