Gahm Mi Oak Restaurant
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This review is for the sullung tang, which I have been seeking out at the recommendation of my acupuncturist. I've sampled my way up and down 33rd St, and can honestly say this is the BEST sullung tang in KTown.
The difference: this is the only sullung tang with broth that will thicken and congeal if it gets cold. That may sound gross, but it's proof that they actually made the real deal broth by boiling oxtail and bones ALL day, and it's the collagen from the bones that makes it do that. So you're getting all the rich nutrients that you should be getting from a bowl of this stuff. I can't even finish an entire serving in one sitting, it's so rich.
I haven't found this kind of thick broth at any other restaurants so far. I'm convinced the others just use canned beef broth and toss some milk in to make it white. There is no way you can make the real broth and NOT have it thicken when it cools. Also explains why other places might be okay selling it $5 cheaper.
If you want the real deal, best to just pay the extra and get your money's worth!
Came here for diner on a sunday around 8:30 PM and it was packed - we had to wait about 5 minutes for a table. I guess that's a good sign.
We got the sullung tang since everyone's table had at least one order of that and also got a bibimbap. This was my first time having sullung tang, so I didn't know what to really expect. I'm not going to lie - the broth was really bland, but I guess you're supposed to add your own salt/ green onions/ flavoring. Definitely a healthy meal and great for a cold day. I really liked the bibimbap - fresh, light, and a perfect portion.
Really nice atmosphere and quick service. My biggest issue is that the food is quite pricey, though it is NYC.
Came here after a few drinks for the kimchi. My friend feels it is one of the best kimchis in the area. We ordered the sullong tang and it was quite good. We also had the bibimbap. It was just ok. What really got us was how expensive our meal was. We didn't even have soju. But $20 for bibimbap?!?
This was just an alright meal. We were hungry and it was cold out. Too expensive for that we had.
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What is this sul long tang everyone keeps talking about? Aside from bibimbap and soon tofu, I rarely try other items off any Korean restaurants. But after coming to Gahn Mi and seeing that in fact has a very limited menu, I decided to give their signature oxtail soup a try.
Honestly, it tasted like it was made to be eaten by sick people. Maybe it's the white rice soaked within the broth - it just reminded me so much of Chinese congee. The broth was creamy and rich - but really plain to me. Even with copious amount of salt and scallion, the flavor profile was very one dimension.
My group also shared the seafood pancake, the shell fish stirred fry - pancake was bland and soggy, the shell fish was doused and overwhelmed by sesame oil. Both dishes were barely edible and nowhere justify the $20+ cost.
Overall - with so many options on this street alone, why bother coming to Gahn Mi. Save your wallet and your belly - go next door, across, or down the street! U will be much happier anywhere but here.
3.5 stars?? WOW, you yelpers are harsh!
Everything from the kimchi to the sullungtang is PERFECT! Just when I thought I was over all ktown restaurants, my cousins brought me here and the food totally won my heart. For those who are not Korean, sullungtang is made to be bland. It's just beef bone broth that's boiled ALL DAY - the salt, pepper and green onions are to be added according to your own taste. I, personally, like to put a little bit of salt and green onions and then when I'm done with about half of it, I pour kimchi juice into the broth. SO. DELICIOUS. Also, regarding the price... $15.95 for something that requires 24 hours of boiling is not "overpriced" to me. If you've ever tried to make sullungtang, you know it's A LOT of work.... it requires a ridiculous amount of time to make it taste the way Gahm Mi Oak makes it. For that, I think they deserve to charge the prices that they charge.
We ordered the bossam and bindaedduk = two thumbs up, two hands up, wootwoot, i don't know what other exclamations can explain how amazing this meal was. I love this place and nothing in ktown is better than this in terms of food. That is a fact. If you feel otherwise, please message me and notify me of your recommendations because I have yet to be impressed!
The is the place to go to sullang tang, which is what they're known for. It's a milky beef bone broth with thin noodles and rice inside. You can add green onions and the amount of salt you want to it. It's nourishing and healthy for a cold winter day!
The side plate of kimchi and kaktugi that Gahm Mi Oak gives is pretty tasty too.
The food is quite good but also more expensive than most other places around. I ordered a stone bowl bibimbap. For the initial dishes they brought kimchi and some green peppers. The kimchi was excellent, better than most of the other places around, but they could use some work in the variety aspect, since that was the entire banchan. The bibimbap was tasty and of above-average quality.
This place is several levels of crap. I avoided in the past and will continue to avoid if at all possible.
I didn't always think so, but a recent visit here for dinner at 10pm on a Saturday night confirmed previous sinking suspicions.
The sul lung tang - a milky, oxtail-based broth with white rice and noodles - can absolutely hit the spot, especially if your stomach has been unsettled and chicken noodle soup won't cut it.
I am unsure as to why a broth dish without real substance or protein would cost nearly $16. Ramen is about this expensive, but sul lung tang does not include thick chunks of cha siu, or really much of anything besides a few thin slices of beef.
A bowl of bibimpbap will cost your $20, and an additional $3 or $4 for the dish served in a hot stone bowl, which is really the best part, but you'll get a smaller bowl for a higher price here. Ridiculous.
The real kicker of the night was the service charge that was added when we received our check. For three people. They only added 15%, which is a shame for them because we would have tipped 18-20% had they not applied the service charge. It's not about the charge, it's the fact that they felt the need to add it for just three people. Perhaps it was a late-night charge. Who knows. I'm not coming back to find out.
Patronize Seoul Garden or BCD Tofu House instead where you'll also get ban chan as appetizers for your meal.
My Korean friend raved about a place with great oxtail soup that we had to try. This happens to be the place. I don't know what to say about the soup other than after you add some sea salt to it, it's damn good soup. I will point out that you should add the salt to it, but be careful as it's pretty powerful salt. I started eating the soup without putting salt in it and my friend had to tell me that adding the salt is a must. Without it, there's not much flavor and it's kind of bland. The difference is night and day really. Just a little bit of salt and it's so much better.
Anyway, the soup is almost to the point of being addictive. The beef in it is very tender, as are the noodles and seemingly melt in your mouth. The kimchi provided is also very good. I'd recommend this in a heartbeat to anybody who loves soup, especially oxtail soup.
For some people, the ideal breakfast is a large plate of fried eggs, meat, and potatoes.
For me, I prefer a hot steaming bowl of rich beef bone broth. At Gahm Mi Oak, the broth is velvety thick, which coats your tongue and your belly. Salt and green onions are on the table for you to add in to your taste. If someone complains that the soup is bland, then they are not adding enough salt and onion. Keep adding and tasting, and stop whining like a baby.
The creamy soup pairs perfectly with the perfectly balanced house-made kimchi that is cut and served at the tableside. Personally, I like to put the cabbage kimchi into the soup until the broth becomes a pink color and eat it that way. Also, eating more kimchi and radish on the side. It is cold and refreshing.
Since Gahm Mi Oak is open 24 hours, it is my favorite breakfast spot in midtown.
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Sul Long Tang snowy white ox-bone soup with white rice and white noodle. add scallion, salt and pepper to taste. - I think this place is known for this dish.
You only get the english menu if you request it (or maybe it is because my friend and I both looked Korean even though we were both Chinese).
The Sul Long Tang is super bland - they provide the salt/pepper and scallions on the side to add to taste. The quantity of salt I dropped in would probably shock anyone. Given my taste buds are spoiled and love super flavorful dishes, this is not really my favorite place. (ALSO, I love meat...so I need some of that in my dish)
Sick person in tow, we dropped in to feed the mule "I swear I'm fine even though I'm really not" some soup. I couldn't remember the last time I had a meal here, but I was reminded of how good something simple can really be. It's one of the places that have been around longer than many on this stretch of what is K-town I think and for good reason. It's great for those colder days, unsettled tummies and flu season to pop in for a hot bowl of Sullung Tang to warm you up.
I always make a stop here whenever I visit NY. The sul lung tang is pretty good but the kim chi and kkak doo gi is out of this world. I get a nice fill of this craving every time I come here. I've been eating here every trip to NY for 20 years.
Yes, it's best when you stumble in at 3 or 4 am after a long night of fun but these days, I just come here for lunch or dinner.
Anyone who writes about the service (or lack thereof) is an idiot. This is a Korean restaurant, not Peter Luger. It's not about the service...never has been, never will be. Just get your soup, eat it, pay your tip, and move on.
Gahm Mi Oak has a small menu in comparison to other ktown restaurants and I have been a loyal customer in previous years for really only 2 things: their homemade kimchi and seolleongtang!
For those who are not familiar seolleongtang is ox tail soup with rice, meat, and noodles. The soup is milky and light in flavor, so for those who have a preference for a stronger taste - a little salt, pepper, and spring onions would do the trick.
I came back recently and their once amazingly delicious kimchi is no longer how it was like before. In the past I could attest that they had the best kimchi on the block, but now their kimchi is equivalent to the others and tastes like store-bought kimchi (kinda like cup noodle ramen vs. restaurant ramen) the authenticity isn't there anymore.
So in short, this restaurant still has seolleongtang that may be worth the trip but their kimchi really shouldn't be the reason for your visit anymore.
Met up with a few friends for dinner. Originally we were going to Arirang but it turns out they were either evicted or renovated.
We settled on this place. They were able to accommodate a group of 8, and we were taken to a traditional sitting area where we dined on the floor. The ambience was nice with minimal decor.
Not really knowing Korean cuisine, we ordered the Bulgogi ($20.95) and Bibimbap ($20.95- both the regular version, and a vegetarian version) on the waitress' recommendation. We also had the pancakes with pork in it. The selection of meals are limited and the pricing- whoa. Pretty much all their dishes were in the $20+ range. Not sure if it's a typical dish price or if it was typical Manhattan prices.
The food came surprisingly quick. With the bibimbap and bulgogi, it came with soup which is good with salt and the scallions from the table. The portions were really small though, especially the bulgogi. The bibimbap didn't seem to have much meat in it, and if they didn't tell me it was the regular dish I wouldn't have even noticed the difference. All in all it was ok. When you look at the portions and the pricing it doesn't feel like much. To their credit, the food was good (that or I was just real hungry) but it wasn't really worth it for the price.
I come to Gahm Mi Oak for the seolleong tang (oxtail bone soup) only because everything else is so unbelievably expensive.
To be honest, even the oxtail bone soup is rather expensive, but because this is the only place I can think of in Manhattan Koreatown that provides that delicious milky white broth with scallions and salt to taste, I make my wallet swallow its righteous indignation and come here.
No complaints on service! Though I haven't personally had to return anything to the kitchen, I saw it done once and am happy to comment that the server was courteous and patient.
A huge bonus in my book is that they gave me and my dinner companion three additional servings of their BOMB kimchi when we asked for it without even batting an eyelid or throwing shade. Thank you, Gahm Mi Oak, thank you.
This place is great for comfort food for the ill, and I say that in the best way possible. We came here when one had a queasy tummy and the other feeling under the weather, and left feeling a lot better.
The order was 1 sul lang tang and 1 bim bim bap. This was my first time having sul lang tang, and I had no idea what to expect. Truth be told, I was initially turned off by the unseasoned broth and thought it was extremely "cow" tasting - after all, it was supposedly made by simmering ox bone for hours. However, after a few generous spoonfuls of chopped spring onions & sea salt, I can see how this can be a very comforting food item for Koreans, equivalent to chicken noodle soup in other cultures. The broth is milky, yet has a somewhat watery consistency and clean finish so that it does not weigh down the palate or stomach, If they can take the rice and rice noodles out from the soup (or serve it on the side so I can add accordingly), I think I would've enjoyed it more.
The bim bim bap was vegetarian and tasted like it's suppose to taste. Nothing spectacular or outstanding, just good old rice with ample veggies and bean paste for flavor. The kimchi was indeed the best "fresh" kimchi I've had in Manhattan (as you go across the street for aged kimchi), and wished they gave out more radish chunks than cabbage.
All in all, I don't think I would crave this place on any given day, especially with the hefty price tag on each item (but I guess there aren't many sul lang tang competition in this Ktown). Maybe I will come will come back to try the other items on their limited menu. But when I'm feeling under the weather, I will definitely think of their healing sul lang tang.
Five adults and two 3months children to eat,the waiter charge after tax eighteen percent tipand say this is party over 5, i can charge . i order 5glass ice water，but also he take the water for half hour.i thing no service and food no good why charge18%tip .by the way everybody be careful
AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS AT LUNCH. Absolute ripoff. My wife and I stopped in for lunch today. Ordered two entrees for about $15 and $20 a piece and two diet cokes at $5 each. Then we also asked for a kimchee pancake appetizer. Wasn't even really on the menu, but we ordered anyway. My shock came at the end of the meal when our bill read $72.00!!!! I thought it was a simple mistake. Nope. They charged us $23 for the average tasting kimchee pancakes. Un f-ing believable. So all in all with tip, it was an $82 lunch for two. 100% unacceptable. Avoid this place at all costs unless you want to spend over $50 for two people to have a very average lunch, at best. Sickening.
Had I checked the menu for this place before deciding to use their restroom, I definitely would have left without dining here and saved +$10 ordering the same dish at any other Korean restaurant down the block.
While their food is not bad, it certainly does not justify their 2x premium over the neighboring restaurants. Their service and atmosphere is not significantly better than what you'll find at Kunjip, Spoon House, or BCD Tofu House, and they have a very limited menu (about 10 items) with no options under $20 with tax and tip. The only "appetizer" or small dish they have is the Korean pancakes, which still appeared to be overpriced as well.
If you can get past the price issue, then you can still probably enjoy a pleasant meal here. They serve a big plate of fresh kimchi and a giant pepper with bean paste instead of your typical ban chan, which I find to be a con but it seems like other yelpers think it's worth sacrificing the assorted ban chan for the larger kimchi serving. The stone bowl bibimbap has plenty of veggie mix ins, but lacks an adequate serving of beef. It also comes with a small serving of sul lung tang broth, which is definitely very bland, but the scallions and salt add a bit of light flavoring to the soup.
Overall, while I was not disappointed by the food or service, I was very put off by the high prices and limited options compared to their competitors and will likely not return here. My final bill with tax and tip was ~$28 for only a regular stone bowl bibimbap.
I like this restaurant for what it's known for (the sul lung tang) and I loved their bibimbap (because they put different seasonings than other places). But I was really disappointed by their lack of side dishes! Or is it not supposed to have any?
We ordered 1 bibimbap and 3 Sul Lung Tang. They brought out 2 side dishes: kimchi and 4 raw green peppers (which did not taste good) and that was it. The kimchi is really tasteful and the bibambap was one of the best I've ever had. The Sul Lung Tang was really good too so you add your own salt to determine the right seasoning for it.
I'd recommend this place for winter when you want some nice soup.
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Best kim chi ever. my favorite kim chi ever. Tasty yet still has that crisp texture I need and crave.
Sul Long Tang is a must. Sometimes I just want something simple, comforting, and delicious. This would be my GO TO soup if I was sick or if I wanted to eat something good but wasn't very hungry. It has rice and oxtail. Season it with as much salt, pepper, or scallions as needed for desired taste.
The restaurant is very cozy yet it feels spacious at the same time.
Price is almost 15 bucks for a bowl, which is not ideal. I shared it, but was not completely full afterwards.
If the price was a little cheaper, I'd probably give it 5 stars.
Sul lung tang is not really my style. I was expecting the punch and 'stickiness' of long simmering Japanese ramen broths but got a milky looking plain tasting beef broth. The rice noodles and rice inside were pretty forgettable. And the green onions and salt on the table with crappy take out covers and scotch tape on them really make the $15 you pay for this bowl feel like a rip off. You could get a really luxurious bowl of ramen for that price. I guess paying this much for a bowl of noodle soup is just par for the course in Ktown.
The upside is that the kimchi here is amazing, I daresay some of the best I've had around the country in recent memory.
I probably wouldn't come back here on my own, but if forced to, I wouldn't run away screaming either...
I visited here while I was on business trip to NY. I don't know about other menus, but their sul lung tang was just mediocre, and so was kimchi. Service was good, but I really don't get how this restaurant got so popular for its sul lung tang. 16 bucks for a small bowl of sul lung tang? really?
Tried this place again in a long time. It was a tuesday before dinner time so there were only a couple of tables with customers. I ordered ox bone stew as always. Very famous for this pot and kimchi. As always both were really good. It was 15.45 before tax which was a bit steep, but I would suck it up.
Addendum: Ok, I am adding this after seeing that this place has grade C health inspection. However tasty the food is, getting C in health inspection is just not right. Had I known that I wouldn't have dined here in the first place. I am going to put 3 stars until I see this matter sorted out.
Gahm Mi Oak is well known for their all-time favorite Sul Long Tang (Ox Bone Soup). The heavenly white and silkily smooth textured broth is simmered over a low flame for hours, sometimes days in order to extract all of the earthly rich flavors from the bones. Some say it's a godsend soup especially when feeling a little under the weather or simply hungover.
The place has maintained the same decor, menu and great taste for more than a decade. Only one thing has changed over time... price. $15.95 is quite pricey for a bowl of soup with white rice, white noodle and a few slices of brisket, but you get what you pay for... and that's the best Sul Long Tang in NYC.
This place is great!
I love their food... The kimchi here is to die for. Best I have tasted in this neighborhood, and they have a lot of competition here. The prices are affordable and the staff is always nice, polite and helpful.
I think this is a good Korean restaurant with lots of local flavor, and you should try it!
I'm writing this review on the behalf of my friends who went here.
NOTHING was good about this place. Food wasn't all that great, and apparently the service was horrible. The waiter didn't even come by once to refill the water. When my friends tipped, it was less than 15%. The waiter had the guts to point it out to them and claimed a 15% tip was the rule. My friend decided to file a complaint with NYC Department of Consumer Affair.
I guess I will never be bothered to try this place out. If you want to go, make sure you tip at least 15% even if the service is bad; otherwise they will chase after you!!
Noodles in the oxtail soup crumbled upon touch, feels like they've been sitting in the broth soaking up the liquids for hours. They should put the noodles on the side so you can add them into the soup before eating so they stay bouncy. They don't serve the oxtail bone with the soup, could have been more flavorful if they did. OK at 3:30 in the morning I guess.
Best sullongtang place in Korea Town! It's good comfort food during the cold winter days as well as during the summer. The soup always comes out fresh, and I like to add a lot of green onions and a pinch of salt for taste. It brings tears to my eyes to know that I can get sullongtang in LA for half the price, but it's worth it when I'm craving something warm and filling.
Gahm Mi Oak brings the Korean girl out in me, and it will test the authenticity of anyone who says they "love Korean food." They don't even have a menu here in English, as far as I can tell. Anthony Bourdain should review this place - who else is with me?!
Gahm Mi Oak is actually a chain restaurant in Korea, so you know you're getting what they eat back in the old country (in fact, I've heard from insiders that the Ktown location tastes even better than the ones in Seoul!). Its speciality is ox bone soup ("sullongtang"), a very simple yet soothing soup, milky white in color and one-dimensional in flavor. Sift your spoon through the opaque broth, and you'll pick up rice, noodles, and very delicate, thin strips of beef. Surprisingly, the soup is not heavy or greasy at all, yet still very comforting and satisfying. The dolsot bibimpap (rice with assorted vegetables and meat or tofu served in a hot stone bowl) here is excellent too.
Unlike at most Korean restaurants, Gahm Mi Oak is minimalist about the side dishes. But one dish of kimchi here is worth about ten side dishes somewhere else. It's that good. I don't even know what can possibly take picked, spicy cabbage to the next level, but Gahm Mi Oak has figured it out.
Sullongtang is sort of like the chicken soup of Korea (even though they have their own version of chicken soup, too), because it supposedly has healing or restorative properties. Gahm Mi Oak is open 24/7, so it's perfect after a late arrival at Penn Station on a frigid night or maybe even as an early morning hangover cure ;)
I will ignore the price issue that most people talk about. My friend has told me that sul lung tang would be one of the cheaper items on a menu in Korea, so I can appreciate some of the consternation. However, I owe this establishment a great deal for introducing this fine dish into my life.
Ox bone soup simmered for hours (days?) loaded with brisket, rice and noodles. Customize with salt and scallions to your liking.
Kimchi is delivered to your table and cut into pieces. My experiences have always been fresh and tasty;unfortunately, it is radish heavy rather than my preferred cabbage.
They have other items, but I stick to sul lung tang and the occasional kimchi pancake as a side accompaniment. I have tried a fair amount of sul lung tang on the east coast and nothing has come close. I haven't been to Seoul nor I have been to LA, but on the east coast, I continue to trek back here for this soup that I have so fortuitously stumbled upon.
OVERPRICED + HORRIBLE SERVICE does not a good dining experience make.
Honestly, not quite sure what the hype is about. I'm legitimately surprised that people are giving this place good reviews. Even if the food is bad, good service really enhances the dining experience. If the food is alright (not great, just alright), but the service is horrible... well, that's just not a good combination.
Trust me when I say that I'm not a picky eater, or a tough customer. It's just that I've definitely had better sullungtang AND kimchee for a better price/service.
When the two of us walked in, the place was nearly empty with a bunch of waiters hanging out on the side of the restaurant. It took a couple minutes after we sat down for a waiter to come, and a couple minutes more to receive water. Seriously? The place was empty. The waiters barely greeted us, and actually seemed annoyed to have their conversation cut off.
After we took a look at their extremely overpriced and limited menu, we ordered sullungtang. A waitress came and literally threw down a bowl of kimchee, and nothing more. Really? No side dishes either? Gahm mi oak is a rarity on that part, for a Korean restaurant.
We then received our small bowl of sullungtang (yes, it was tiny for the price), and waiters never bothered to refill my empty water. Again, I emphasize that they were hanging around on the side with very few customers.
I hate to have to say this, but gahm mi oak is a flop. How have they remained in business this long in Koreatown?? I remember about ten years back when I first visited, the service was sub par. Overpriced, with terrible service.
You'll have a much better dining experience a few doors down at Shilla (good price, great service... and that's an understatement).
Will not revisit.
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- Bin Dae Dduk
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- Takes Reservations
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- Wheelchair Accessible
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- Beer & Wine Only
- Outdoor Seating
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- Dogs Allowed
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Gahm Mi Oak is closing on January 1st 2015. We would like to thank you for your love and support for the past 25 years. Unfortunately, Gahm Mi Oak Restaurant will be closing the business on …Learn more about Gahm Mi Oak Restaurant - CLOSED , Opens a popup
Gahm Mi Oak is closing on January 1st 2015.
We would like to thank you for your love and support for the past 25 years. Unfortunately, Gahm Mi Oak Restaurant will be closing the business on January 1st 2015. Once again, we sincerely appreciate your love and support and wish you the best of success for your future endeavors.
Established in 1989.
Serving for 25 years
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