korean bbq... confused
I've been reading old posts about korean bbq places in the 30s...trying to figure out where to go tomorrow night with a couple of friends who want to try things out. There definitely doesn't seem to be consensus here about the best places in k-town. We're somewhat uninitiated, but we know for sure that we want to cook our own food. Authentic is, of course, a bonus. Delicious is non-negotiable. Can someone direct us? Thanks very much!
I'm not positive with the name, but I believe its Kum Gan San? its right next to the hotel on 32nd street and has a grand piano with a waterfall.(You can't miss it!) The bbq there is pretty good.
Kang Suh, on the corner of 32nd St. & B'way (entrance on 32nd), does an excellent bbq. You can definitely cook it yourself there.
This may be sacrilegious to Koreans (a group to which I cannot claim to belong), but I'm a big fan of Gyu-Kaku in Cooper Square (1 minute walk from Astor Place). It's a Japanese restaurant serving Korean-style BBQ (grill it yourself, etc.) Everything there is absolutely delicious, the space is nice and festive, and the staff is attentive and friendly. It's also very reasonably priced considering the quality--I usually go with groups and order absolutely unhealthy amounts of meat and pitchers of beer, and escape with no more than $30 worth of damage after tax and tip.
I recommend the harami miso (skirt steak), the gyu-tan (beef tongue, which is surprisingly delicious) and the seared tuna. Oh, and the tofu chigae (a spicy and hearty Korean tofu soup reminiscent of Chinese "mah poh tofu").
I really can't recommend Gyu-Kaku highly enough ... just make sure you make reservations if it's on a busy night. You won't have trouble if you're going tomorrow night, though.
I too enjoy Japanese Korean BBQ but if you want to try the real thing definitely go to Kang Suh on 32nd street. For BBQ, they are the best in Manhattan.
And the reason that there doesn't appear to be a consensus about best of K-town is that each place has their own specialty that you go there specifically for. So while I love KunJip, I rarely go there for BBQ and I would never got to KangSuh for Kimchi Jigae (hot kimchi stew).
kang suh thirded. in addition to the bbq, the monkfish and octopus in spicy red sauce is delicious.