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Korean BBQ for large group, in K-town? (Other than Kum Gang San)

Where would you recommend a group of 10 go for Korean BBQ in K-town? My only contender is Kum Gang San, which I'm very familiar with but would like to try something new. Extra credit: large banchan variety, not super expensive.

Thanks for your help!

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Kum Gang San
49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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  1. Ma Dang Sui on 35th has long been our favorite in KTown for BBQ.

    http://www.madangsui.com/

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    1. re: coasts

      2nd the recommendation, but I think Don's Bogam may be even better, overall, though I prefer the banchan at Madangsui slightly. I was really happy with a recent meal there as part of a party of 4. Excellent meat marinated in hot sauce.

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      Madangsui
      35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

      Don's Bogam
      17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

      1. re: Pan

        i like Don's, but not so much for barbecue. if i remember, they don't give the usual accompaniments like grilled onion, scallion, pepper or garlic. i feel like their ssam is very basic, although they do give the thin radish slices.

        1. re: coasts

          They do give scallions. They didn't give us raw garlic initially, but did bring it when I asked for it. I feel sure they would have given us hot peppers, too, if I had asked for them. You're right about the onions, though.

          One item in their banchan was something I hadn't had before: Very powerful pickled ginger with jalapeno slices. Quite good. I also liked the kimchi, bean sprouts with sesame oil, and broccoli with sesame oil sides a lot, but the radish kimchi was a bit sweet and not as powerful as I prefer. And I did miss the complimentary dwaenjang jigae and egg with broth (don't remember the Korean name) that everyone gets at Madangsui.

          What do you most like to order at Don's? We also got some softshell crabs, which were good.

          1. re: Pan

            i like their Fire Dak (super spicy chicken with sweet potato, pepper and onions) and their Jayook Kimchi Bokum (kimchi with tofu and pork).

            1. re: coasts

              I think I might have had the Fire Dak the other time I went to Don's.

        2. re: Pan

          id go don bogam or madangsui, the quality of the bbq is roughly the same although i think some of the chigaes (soups) at don bogam are pretty decent as well...don bogam is nicer decore wise as well. make sure to make a reservation

          1. re: Pan

            I agree with you about Madangsui's banchan. I think both would be fine, but I'd probably pick Madangsui based on the OP's banchan preference.

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            Madangsui
            35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

          2. re: coasts

            2nd, I've seen really large parties in there as well.

            1. re: kathryn

              i've been as a group of eight and felt as though we were treated well.

          3. Thanks, everyone! Going to go to Madangsui, per your advice :-)

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            Madangsui
            35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

            1. Based on everyone's recommendations, our group tried Korean bbq at Madangsui this afternoon. Am I missing something? I thought the food was insipid - limp pa jun, overcooked chicken breast, flavorless bulgogi. The banchan was decent, and I did like the simmering egg in hot broth thing.

              Even though I'm not an expert in Korean food, I was surprised that Madangsui didn't make a stronger impression. Maybe it was an off day?

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              Madangsui
              35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

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              1. re: Riverman500

                did you have table barbecue or kitchen-prepared dishes? sounds like the latter. we like Madangsui for barbecue, specifically. they season their LA Galbi very well and their ssam accompaniments are usually fresh and abundant. to be honest, i don't think i've ever had anything from the kitchen.

                we really like the pajun at Gahm Mi Oak and the spicy chicken at Don's, but we generally just cook these two dishes at home. bulgogi - i don't know that i've ever had this out. i'm just guessing that Kum Gang San has a good interpretation, as they cater to a more American crowd and bulgogi is a go-to dish for non-Koreans.

                sorry you didn't have a better experience. how was the chicken dish prepared?

                1. re: coasts

                  We had the table barbecue - two orders of the combo, which included bulgogi, and one order of the non-spicy chicken, The servers did the barbecuing at our table. For starters we had the seafood pancake and the scallion pancake, both underwhelming, and the pork/beef steamed dumplings, which were quite good.

                  Next time we'll try Don's Bogam.

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                  Don's Bogam
                  17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

                  1. re: Riverman500

                    hhmmm...in my book, there's two types of barbecue - LA gabli (beef short ribs sliced thin on the bone) and samgyupsal (pork belly). i can't see chicken being very good like this.

                    1. re: coasts

                      Good to know. We'll try beef short ribs and pork belly on our next Korean barbecue excursion.

                      1. re: Riverman500

                        unfortunately we haven't found a place in Manhattan that does pork belly right. its best when, at the end of the meal, the server mixes rice, gochujang, seaweed, sprouts, and sesame oil on the grill pan to make a paella-type dish. the flavors from the grill mix into the rice and you soon realize that the main course was really just the vehicle to get you to the rice dish.

                        there's a place in Flushing off Northern, further east from the main drag. all i remember is that it's under an LIRR station. maybe someone could help identify it.

                        1. re: coasts

                          Maybe Tong Sam Gyup Gui near the LIRR Broadway station ... http://www.chow.com/digest/7081/korea...

                          1. re: squid kun

                            yes, definitely...and great link. thanks!

                      2. re: coasts

                        Me neither, but in the past, I've had great marinated bulgogi as well as galbi at Madangsui. I couldn't say why it wouldn't have been good at Riverman's recent visit; I haven't been there for the better part of a year, I think.