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Posted by kayoni on 09/01/2005
Although somewhat noisy from the hustle bustle that's the effect the atmosphere is created for. It's a great place to have a boisterous time and bring big groups of friends. As for the food, fantastic. I am always satisfied at the end of the meal for what I pay for, especially because of the numerous side dishes. Generosity is key here - a meal here will never leave you hungry.
Posted by Sung N. Kim on 07/25/2005
I am Korean and I have eaten here several times so my definitive review of Kum Gang San is that it is definitely over-priced for what you get. The food is not so-much Americanized as it is prepared in a haphazard fashion. If you are not Korean it is difficult to understand but traditional Korean food is made with painstaking detail to ingredients, cooking time, seasoning, presentation and a number of other factors. Kum Gang San makes their food like they think you will never eat there again so why would they care. I think it lacks the true gist of what true "Seoul Food" should be. Besides that, the waiters and waitresses are so blase about your order (even when you order in Korean) that you wonder if they even got it down correctly. Fortunately, they usually do. What I can't stand about that place is that it is unbelievably noisey (mostly because of that waterfall).
Posted by UncleRoman on 06/10/2005
Food and price - no great shakes. Very unattentive staff who never took drink orders. Food lacked pizzaz, and was ordinary at best. Atmosphere was nice - Live piano player and waterfall are a nice effect, but not enough to make up for the ok food and inflated bill.
Posted by buxter on 04/07/2005
The food here is poor. They offer a huge variety of items on the menu but everything tastes strange and/or watery. I have always been disappointed here. The waterfalls and white piano pretty much says it all...
Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2005
I'm Korean, and I have to say that this place is a bit overrated, and I think it benefits from being located closer to 6th Ave, and closer to the main subway stops or shops around that area. The food is not very authentic, I find it tastes more like American Chinese food for some obscure reason. If you want to try real Korean food, I suggest you go down the block towards 5th Ave, there are some better places down there. For instance, Kunjip has pretty good food, it is my favorite place on the block, even if it's a bit more crowded and noisy, there's a reason why there's always a long line at Kunjip.
Posted by Still Great on 11/26/2004
My family & I go here everytime we're in the city. It has great bulgoki & japchae and the little appetizer dishes they give in the beginning as just enough to satisfy a bit of your appetite before the main dishes. The wait is barely long for the food. There's a wait for tables on weekend nights, but you can say the same for most Manhattan restaurants. However, the last time we went they gave us bulgoki in new smaller dishes but were the same price ($18.95). That is the only thing that threw me off a little bit. And the waitress never asked for our drinks.
Posted by john d on 10/03/2004
I've been to Kum Gang San many times and the food there is great. Service isn't that bad either, at times it can be a little slow depending no when you go. Also the food there is a little pricey. Overall the food there is probably one of the best on 32nd Street.