Kum Gang San Korean Restaurant
49 West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001
212 967 0909
32nd Street, between Broadway and 5th Ave is the heart of Korea town in New York City. This block is jammed packed with everything Korean including Korean restaurants, Korean food markets, Korean clothing and specialty shopping, Karaoke bars, cafes, night clubs, massage parlors and who knows what else. My cousin Brian told me about an underground poker room somewhere around here.. Anyone care to comment about this? 😉
Anyhow, we went out for lunch at one of the first Korean restaurants off of Broadway called Kum Gang San. “san” in Chinese (and think in Korean also) means mountain and the funny thing is they actually brought the mountain into this restaurant. The entire east wall is made of a composite rock surface with a flowing waterfall. This brings me to the next highlight of this restaurant and that is the caves and platforms for a live music band that performs on this rock wall! The result is a Fred Flintsone kind of feeling in this restaurant with the caves and the white piano on top. (just created a new category “over the top” for those restaurants such as Golden Bridge Restaurant that go the extra mile ;-0 )
Getting back to the food however, I must say the Korean food here is pretty good as well.
They have some great lunch specials including the galbi spare ribs Korean lunch box for under$10.
I got the Bi Bim Bap but was kind of disappointed that it was only served in the stone bowl but not cooked in it. The difference is the amount of crispiness of the rice from the heat of the bowl. It was still good however and was only $7.95