A new Korean-Chinese restaurant called Shanghai Mong ("Shanghai Dream") has just opened in the space that used to be Kum Ryong. Kum Ryong, a.k.a. Golden Dragon, was the Korean-Chinese place that had a guy in the front window pulling noodles for jja jjang myun and other dishes. It had been going downhill for a while, I think. Haven't tried the new place yet. The room has been renovated and now looks quite nice and inviting. Shanghai Mong, 30 W. 32nd St., 212-629-6450.
A few doors west, a 24/7 grocery that used to lay out an indifferent buffet of Korean and American grub morphed a couple months ago into a 24/7 restaurant called Think 32. Anyone tried it? The menu is suspiciously broad, offering barbecue, steamed seafood, bibim bap, fried stuff, noodles, soups, stews, casseroles, and more. A Korean pal tells me that the place is going for a sort of country-style identity and that if anything stands out here, it's probably in the stew or casserole area. For World Cup fans, they're selling red Korean soccer team T-shirts. Think 32 Cafe, 34 W. 32nd St., 212-736-0099.