Kang Suh lies on the Broadway end of Manhattan Koeatown's main drag, 32 st.
There's a huge open space on the south west corner of 32nd and Broadway (well,
huge for Manhattan anyway) that's one of the great meeting places in NYC. Kang
Suh lies in the corner of that space between a bank and a garage) and because
it's the closes Korean restaurant that's often where the group gravitates to, once
everyone has assembled. Lucky them, because in a street of superb Korean eating
places they've chosen the best.
Raised on a bland English diet when I go out to eat I'm looking for exotic spicy
food that I can't cook myself. Korean fits that bill perfectly.
Korean was occupied by Japan and the Koreans developed a taste for Japanese
cuisine so in most Korean larger restaurants you'll always find Teryaki and Sushi
on the menu. I'm no expert in Japanese food but whenever I've had it at Kang Suh
it's been fine.
The restaurant has seating on the ground floor and an upstairs level. Try to get a booth upstairs. The food tastes the same but booths are just so relaxing.
Pretty much everything on the menu is well prepared from good ingredients but the
dishes I always order are Ohjinguh Bokeum (squid in hot pepper sauce) or Nakji
Bokeum (octocpus in hot pepper sauce) or Daegee Maewun Tang (hot codfish soup).
Not much difference between the first two dishes except octopus is usually 1 or 2
dollars more. For an example of this magnificent meal see the first picture
below. What's so great about the Bokeum dish? I love the texture of squid and
the sauce is both spicy and sweet. The primary ingredient is the rice and chili
paste called Gochujang that is one of the staple flavorings of Korean cuisine.
The fish soup is perfect for a cold NY winter evening, or even a warm one, now I
come to think of it.
If you are new to Korean food then I suggest you start with
Bibimbap (sort of like fried rice but it's not actually fried so it's not
greasy). By default this dish isn't spicy so you can adjust it by adding
Like a lot of Korean restaurants you will occasionally get a dish for free,
usually noodles in my experience. Last time I went we got a huge dish of Japchae,
which turned out to be the best dish on the table.
There isn't a wealth of atmosphere aside from "this is a restaurant so order
and eat". It's not that they are rude but they are running a business, and a pretty successful one too. The best time to go is on a Sunday afternoon at about 3pm. This is one of the few times during they day when the place it quiet. Try to get a booth with a view of the street so when you finish you can relax and watch the world go by. The worst time to go is Friday or Saturday evening at around 7 pm when there is going to be a line. Weekdays if you get there by 6 or 6:30 you'll be fine. The place will be bustling but even so the kitchen is really fast so you'll have your food really quickly. If this is your first time having Korean you'll make the waitress really happy if you've done some research before sitting down.
On their website Kang Suh have a scanned version of the current menu. It's kind of
low-resolution so when you zoom in the text becomes larger but blurred so in my
case I have to put my reading glasses on. This is my only criticism of Kang Suh and I'm pretty critical.
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