With a recommendation from Saveur magazine and a pic of the actor Ice-T, we had to taste for ourselves what the fuss was about with this Korean BBQ restaurant.
First off, know that New York's Korea town is full of restaurants that have "Kang" in their name. You'll know this restaurant by the celebrity wall of photos near the entrance, and a map of the world. Another clue is that the servers all wear t-shirts with a butchers rendition of pork cuts of meat.
When you arrive you'll be given the choice for BBQ. Obviously you can opt out but that would be foolish. After all, this is the reason for choosing this place.
Next you'll be seated to a table full of small plates of pickled radishes, pickled cabbage, tofu, BBQ sauce, a pile of lettuce leaves, seasoned sprouts, and other delights that may seem indistinguishable if you aren't familiar with banchan (Korean tapas). No worries, you'll be provided with a cheat sheet to help you eat authentically.
Start with the salads while the egg, sweet corn and chopped veges start stimulating your appetite. Your server will do it all.
Depending on what you order the meat will be cooked in stages. Take your time and graze on the side dishes while your meat sizzles. While designed to complement the meal and typically interspersed between bites of the BBQ, it's fine to ask for refills of the sides.
Use the ssam or lettuce sheets as a wrap. Start by smearing the ssamjang (a funky BBQ like paste) on the lettuce leave and fill it like a Mexican burrito with your favorite ingredients.
Pro tip: At classy Korean BBQ places, servers do all the grilling. Be patient and enjoy the show by letting him or her do it.
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