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aynne35 Feb 12, 2007 11:14 AM

Hey everyone, I am new here but it looks like you all have really good information. SO, here is my situation, we are coming to NYC for a week in April and my husband is Korean. We live in Maine, he never gets Korean food so I want to go to the best place in NYC. Actually, we want to know the best place for a more "upscale" Korean place for like a special dinner, then maybe just a korean place that is more casual but still great food. Thanks for any advice you can give us!!

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    moymoy Feb 21, 2007 10:30 AM

    If you want the BEST Korean food in NY, you must go to Flushing. Flushing is in Queens and is accessible by subway but if you have access to a car that would be best. I am so spoiled by korean food in Flushing, the places in Manhattan cannot compare in quality nor cost. My faves are Ham Ji Bak (specializes in the grilled pork belly & their pajun is to die for) and San Soo Gap San (kalbi & side dishes are yum yum yum!) both places are on Northern Blvd. There are also many korean groceries, korean-chinese restaurants, soft tofu hotpot, kimbap/casual noodle joints in Flushing.

    If you can't make it to Flushing and can only go to 32nd St. stay away from Kang Suh. I went there for convenience 2 weeks ago and regretted it terribly. Subpar food, bad service and expensive prices. Avoid it, go to Kum Gang San.

    1. ballulah Feb 15, 2007 12:39 PM

      I really like Kum Gang San on 32nd Street. It's casual, but the setting is actually very nice. They have a very dramatic 2 story rock wall with a waterfall in the restaurant...cheesy some may argue, but fun nonetheless. Maybe it's not the spot for your special night out, but definitely worth a stop if your husband is craving Korean food.

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      1. re: ballulah
        aynne35 Feb 16, 2007 10:57 AM

        I checked out that site and menu, it looks like it will be fun, plus I am willing to bet he will want Korean food at least 7 times in 7 days so we will have time to try a few places.

      2. aynne35 Feb 15, 2007 12:00 AM

        Thanks so much, i really appreciate the advice

        1. yumyumyogi Feb 14, 2007 01:27 PM

          I second KunJip.
          Also:
          Han Baht (35th st)
          Cho Dang Gol (35th st) for soon dubu
          Gam Mee Ok for sul-lung-tahng (32nd st)

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            kellyc96 Feb 14, 2007 10:18 AM

            For a more casual place but with great great food - try KunJip on 32nd St. They do not take reservations and there is usually always a line to get in but isn't that usually a good sign? Of the several places I've been on 32nd St. KunJip is my favorite. Search the board for lots of posts.

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              banjolinana Feb 13, 2007 12:33 PM

              Try Woo Lae Oak on Mercer street in Soho. Just warning you though, it's more korean american fusion, not traditional korean. They have the mainstays of what is korean but created for a more non korean palate. And it is not cheap.

              I still think it's tasty though -- I'm korean. :)

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              1. re: banjolinana
                aynne35 Feb 14, 2007 09:56 AM

                Thanks a million! Actually, that is one of the places that Fodor's NY said was great, so we will definitely try it. Not cheap is ok, we really want a special night out.

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