My first visit to Gahm Mi Oak was a long time ago, but we've been back many times since. They have a short menu (at least, the Korean version is short), which I love, and their specialty is sulong tang, ox tail soup. You don't eat the actual ox tails, which is too bad because ox tails are so tasty.
The ox tail bones are simmered for twelve hours, and you're served the resulting white broth mixed with rice, rice noodles and tender slices of beef brisket. You are given salt, pepper and green onions, to mix in, to your liking. Accompanied by their kimchi (some say the best kimchi served in Koreatown), you've got yourself a very satisfying meal.
Another highlight is their bin dae duk, a mung bean pancake that is well-flavored, crispy on the outside, and tastes happily similar to my mom's recipe. In short, you've got some great homemade flavors going on in this restaurant and the kitchen is very strong and consistent.
Oh, if you're not in the mood for sulong tang, the bibimbap is also pretty tasty here. It's a bit more delicate than I'm used to (for me, Korean food is supposed to be hearty and rustic), but the flavors are good. Another plus for this restaurant, it's open 24/7. Thanks, Morimoto, good call.
Gahm Mi Oak
43 W 32nd St.
New York 10001