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“Excellent Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hangawi

Hangawi
12 E 32nd St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016-5419 (Manhattan)
212-213-0077
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Ranked #144 of 11,777 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Asian, Korean, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Mechanicsburg
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Excellent Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

I am not a vegetarian, but you do not need to be to appreciate what this restaurant does so well. I went during lunch and ordered the bean paste soup, three cold noodle dish and their best green tea. The atmosphere is subdued in the best sense. The seating is traditional with sunken foot wells and small seat cushions. Customers remove their shoes at the entrance.

The food was wonderful. Every dish presented was delicious. The three noodle dish included soy dipping suave and two kimchi rolls, one spicy and one mild, both were very nice. I like Korean food, but you would not have to in order to enjoy this food. They do a wonderful job of presentation and preparation.

I will definitely return to this fine restaurant.

Visited August 2014
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New Delhi, India
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8 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Good vegan food! A pleasant surprise...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A very warm welcome into a traditional Korean place serving vegetarian food that was very satisfying! Didn't miss the meats at all! A must try for NY visitors! Definitely going back during my next visit!
Must try:
-avocado rice stone bowl
-Mongolian hot pot-soup

-stuffed mushrooms-a lot like Indian pakoda concept but not bad

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Toronto, Canada
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“Amazing Vegan Korean food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is my 2nd visit to Hangawi, once in July 2014 and also a few years ago. I love the ambience, with the wooden tables and seats, with the floor recessed, so it appears that everyone is sitting on the floor, when in fact, you are sitting on a regular seat. Just be prepared to remove your footwear! The waitstaff are impeccably dressed and very knowledgeable about their menu. They are also polite and friendly. The food is absolutely amazing. We had the tofu rice stone bowl with the spicy bean curd and veggies. The rice bowl was amazing as was the tofu. Both dishes were very flavourful Other than the entrees being quite pricey $19-20 each, I would highly recommend this restaurant. I also suggest making a reservation for dinner ahead of time as it gets quite busy and you may be turned away if you walk-in.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Miami, Florida
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“Since becoming Vegan, best restaurant meal I've had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Vegan Korean restaurant. Boiling hot, tasty soups served in cauldrons. Walking distance to our hotel, La Quinta.

Visited July 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Vegan Korean Fusion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Only in NYC. Worth eating there. The atmosphere is authentic Korean, including taking off your shoes and sitting on woven mats (don't worry, there's place under the table for your legs to hand down). "Vegan” has always struck me as just being “veggier than thou.” That having been said, both the décor and the food were excellent. We had, among other things: different pancakes (leek, kimchi mushroom & kaboocha pumpkin); bean paste soup; Hangawi salad (with fresh greens, shredded pear, cucumber, and crispy taro); and main courses of avocado stone bowl rice, fragrant bamboo rice, and organic zen noodles. All very different, and all tasty to very-tasty.

Visited July 2014
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