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Jun 15, 2008 01:00 AM

Best Korean Food in Flushing

My husband spent three months in Seoul and has the worst craving for authentic Korean food. We've tried a bunch of places on 32nd St. in Manhattan but none has cut it for him -- so we're venturing out to Flushing. Any recommendations? Must have good kimchi, variety of banchan is a plus. He loves, and I mean LOVES Korean-style octopus and doesn't really care for BBQ since he only eats organic meat. He also likes it spicier than any Korean I know. Homey, divey place preferred but honestly atmosphere doesn't matter as long as food is good.

Thanks :)

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  1. my girlfriend is Korean and took me to the best Korean restaurant in Flushing: Keum Gang San, on Northern Blvd near Union Street. everything is good there...

    1. btw, there are even better restaurants a little farther out from Flushing if you have a car....but you asked about Flushing.

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      1. re: korgy

        Not sure exactly where the OP is "venturing out" from, but for anyone without a car, LIRR stops at Murray Hill (around 150th) and Broadway (in the 160s), both in Flushing and both along Northern Blvd. That strip is packed with hound-worthy Korean eateries that many here rank above Kum Gang San.

        1. re: squid kun

          any specifics? there is, of course, a romantic tendency on this board where a "hole-in-the-wall" is assumed to be more "authentic" and therefore better than a restaurent with a waterfall in the backyard ("Disney" is what one person wrote) - which may or may not be true..

          1. re: korgy

            kum gang san is not up to par with most of the better korean restaurants on / off nothern although its much better than its manhattan cousin

            off the top of my head some of the better / more popular restaurants are ham ji bak, san soo kap soo...both are bbq places, but san soo kap soo has good chigaes and foods generally...i also like han woo chun for their maewoon kalbi tang

            check out this huge post about this a while back, with massive lists of korean restaurants

          2. re: squid kun

            We're coming from Manhattan and no, we don't have a car. Any specific recommendations in that neighborhood?

            Also, if anybody has a recommendation for a place that does good Korean-style octopus (nak chi bok eum?) I'd love that too!

            1. re: orientalfoxy

              you can generally get to all of the flushing, murray hill, bayside etc locations via the LIRR...but you have to decide which restaurant u want to go to and then check with LIRR stop is the closest, not as convienent as flushing where u just get off and walk wherever you want, but its not that bad

        2. thanks for the link -

          the linked thread is from 2006, and references an even more extensive thread from 2005. it would be great if people could give their current experiences, as that was 3 years ago.

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          1. re: korgy

            since seeing it mentioned on that thread, we have enjoyed several great meals at you-chun:

            You-Chun Korean Restaurant [Flushing
            ]156-03 Northern Blvd, at 156th St
            Flushing, Queens, NY 11354

            naeng myun is their specialty, i think, but the stews are also quite good.

            1. re: wleatherette

              why are all naeng myun places called you chun? haha there are like 3 or 4 great naeng myun places in LA called you chun (or some variation u chun etc) the best naeng myun in the city was called you chun (unfortunately it closed down recently)

              1. re: Lau

                I think the three (now two) You-Chuns around NYC are actually related to each other. The other surviving location in is Palisades Park. Sorry to hear the Manhattan one is gone.

                36th is just a bit too far from the action, I'm afraid. Before You-Chun, a pretty good Korean BBQ (with actual charcoal) went under in that same location. Hope You-Chun's owner tries to find a space closer to 32nd.