KUM GANG SAN
49 W. 32nd St.
The first restaurant on the Koreatown block, this big, bi-level restaurant is popular and usually crowded. The Korean barbecue is good. The restaurant is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Barbecues run from 18.95 for brisket to $22.95 for short ribs.
30 W. 32nd St.
212-629-6450This is THE place in Koreatown to go for noodles, which are made on the premise. Prices for noodle dishes are $6-7.
9 W. 32nd St.
This simple restaurant offers barbecue and bibimbob, which is a rice casserole served with vegetables and meat. Barbecues run from $14.95 to 19.95.
PHO32 & SHABU2 W. 32nd St.
This relative newcomer to the block is actually Vietnamese, not Korean. The main dish is "pho" noodle soup, a meal served in a bowl of broth. You add the bean sprouts, cilantro and hot pepper to taste. A large bowl costs $7.95.
2 W. 32nd St.
This is the place to go to eat all the dumplings that your heart desires. Bite-sized baby mandoo (Korean for dumpling), meat-filled mandoo mool and seafood mandoo. You may have to wait for a table at this popular spot. A plate of 10 dumplings costs $6.99.
12 E. 32nd St.
This vegetarian restaurant is a Zen-like retreat with restful decor and healthy offerings. Try the mini tofu patties gingseng salad or the mountain roots and greens. Prices range from $4.95 for appetizers to $9.95 for entres.
17 E. 32nd St.
This new upscale restaurant caters to a younger crowd. European wines and a wide selection of sakes compliment the Korean cuisine. The restaurant is sleek and modern. Grills are built into the tables, which are set low to the ground with space cut out underneath for leg room.