photo credit: Bryan Kim

The exterior of a Korean restaurant in Queens.

Kum Sung BBQ


Murray Hill, Queens

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerBig Groups

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If you’re serving Korean BBQ in the saturated market that is Murray Hill, Queens, you have to do something to stand out. Kum Sung’s something is duck. Thinly sliced and served with fistfuls of kimchi and whole cloves of garlic, their duck caramelizes to perfection on big flat grills in the middle of every table. Enjoy it alongside an impressive spread of banchan that includes everything from juicy eggplant to stir-fried potatoes, and supplement with some galbi, bulgogi, or a bowl of kalguksu or seolleongtang. The naengmyeon, with its springy, ice-cold noodles, is highly recommended.

A dining room with grills on tables and ventilation hoods on the ceiling.

photo credit: Bryan Kim

Food Rundown

Duck and kimchi cooking on a grill in the middle of a table.

photo credit: Bryan Kim

Saeng Oh-ri

Always order the duck. It’s what you come here for, and it gets even better the longer it sits on the grill, growing crispier around the edges. Don’t ignore the garlic, which slowly roasts in duck fat.
A bowl of noodles with beef, egg, and vegetables.

photo credit: Bryan Kim


Another great thing about Kum Sung is their selection of naengmyeon. We’re partial to the hot and spicy version with sliced beef.


If you want a lighter soup, the seolleongtang is a great option. It’s subtly beefy, with a milky bone broth and chewy noodles hidden in the bottom.

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