Restaurant Name: Kum Gang San
Cuisine: Korean, Japanese, Sushi
Address: 49 W 32nd St, New York 10001
Btwn 5th Ave & Bway
Despite molliedelicious's insistence that I would like it, I'd never actually tried Korean food before having dined at Kum Gang San. I must say - my dear Mollie was absolutely correct. I was surprised to see that the meal came with SO many side dishes. They were laid out on the table shortly after we were seated. So many things that I cannot even remember what they all were - I do know that there was a wonderfully spicy little potato dish, as well as a potato and fruit salad. A variety of Kim Chi, radish salads, seafood dumplings, and an odd little gelatin dish were also served.
Our main courses were Jap Chae (Stir-fried Vermicelli with Thinly Sliced Carrots, Onions, Peppers, Spinach and Beef In a Rich Soy Based Sauce), Hae Mool Pajun (Korean Style Crispy Rice Flour Pancake made with Finely Chopped Assortment of Seafood and Scallions), and Bul Go Ki (Thinly Sliced Boneless Rib Eye Steak marinated with a special sauce Barbecued At The Table). Not being a seafood person, I cannot report on the Hae Mool Pajun, though the rest of my party seemed to enjoy it. The Bul Go Ki was absolutely to die for delicious, and the Jap Chae was also quite tasty.
The atmosphere is nice, especially on the lower level, with a waterfall and rock structure climbing the walls of the lobby, however, it is kind of noisy. The restaurant is on two levels, so there is plenty of room, but it does feel very crowded at the tables, especially if you order a dish that gets cooked on the table top. The service is a bit iffy. We had someone with us who spoke Korean, which definitely came in handy, but even so, the wait staff was slow and pretty inattentive.
Overall, it was a nice experience. I tried some new things and am happy that I did!