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Kang Suh - terrific!

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Kang Suh - terrific!

Pan | Oct 2, 2001 08:29 PM

After a day travelling back from Buffalo on Amtrak, I decided to have dinner in Koreatown before going home. I had a wonderful time at Kang Suh, 1250 Broadway (actually on 32 St. just east of B'way, south side).

The restaurant has a somewhat corporate feel; its decor is restrained and somewhat like that of an elegant hotel. Beautiful classical music (Brahms symphonies et al.) play on the sound system.

As for the food, the panchan was delicious! The kimchi had a type of earthy taste that I've never experienced before (a special spice, I imagine); there was a little plate of al dente pasta-like strips of jellyfish with sugar-and-vinegar water and pieces of fresh horseradish, which was very tasty; a plate of sweet dried shrimps in a red sauce (more a glaze, really); a fine rendition of watercress with sugar/vinegar water; and a plate of something I had never had before - onion slices, pieces of jalapenos or a similar hot green pepper, and some kind of squash or something, in a brown, vinegary liquid. Miso soup was also given with the panchan.

My entree was broiled squid in a hot pepper sauce, and it was also a very fine rendition.

The service was absolutely outstanding! Every time I finished a plate of panchan, it was replaced with a new, full plate. The water for my green tea was also replaced. The wait staff followed my progress closely enough to anticipate when refills of the panchan, tea water, and rice might be needed, but I doubt many would have considered their service unduly hovering.

Keep in mind that if your main dish seems pricey, you are also getting unlimited refills of panchan and probably rice (I didn't order another rice because I got full, but my single bowl of rice was not figured as a separate item in the bill). The dish I chose wasn't very expensive, anyway, with the total bill before tip amounting to $18.35. I gave roughly a 25% tip, considering how considerate the service was.

The whole experience was extremely pleasant, and I plan on going back in the future with friends.

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