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Vegan Korean dining in a tranquil space

Hangawi is a posh vegan Korean restaurant, and is an oasis of calm in mid-town Manhattan. Diners take off their shoes and sit low to the floor on cushions.

The cuisine is gourmet Korean with various traditional foods represented, including such things as pumpkin porridge or the delicate Emperor's rolls.

Added by Dave Rolsky on Feb 28 03 (last updated Feb 27 09)

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Outstanding restaurant. Zagat rated as top Korean and top vegetarian.
Went for dinner and ordered the Emporer's tasting menu. Great experience.
Great food and outstanding service.

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Lunch specials are WAY cheaper than dinner ($10 vs. $25), but the food doesn't seem as high in quality and the restaurant is empty so you don't get the full dining experience.

For lunch, I had a spicy tofu and veggie soup with rice, which was good, but I wouldn't say it was spectacular. It was mostly cabbage, tomato broth, and the tofu was soft, which isn't my favorite--especially in soup. I also had the steamed dumplings with nut filling for an appetizer, and this was phenomenal.

For dinner, I had the rice cakes w/ mixed veggies, which was okay but I thought the "rice cake" texture was a bit odd (I'm not really used to Korean food). The cakes were big chunks of glutenous rice flour or something, but the sauce and veggies were good. A friend ordered the Mongolian tofu, which I sampled and thought was phenomenal.

The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and the service is impeccable. Definitely a great place to bring a date or bring folks skeptical of the quality of vegan food.

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Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Prices

$$$ - expensive

Payment

  • American Express Diner's Club MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Korean

Features

  • Quiet
  • Romantic

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Hours

noon - 3pm;
5pm - 10:30pm
noon - 3pm;
5pm - 11pm
1pm - 11pm
1pm - 10pm

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