By Jessica Michael
Day 2: New York – Hangawi
Sadly, I only had two full days in New York. It is a good thing though or I would have had to buy a second seat on the airplane just so I could get home.
Day 2’s restaurant was on 32nd between Madison and Fifth Avenue, around the corner from the Empire State Building. This is one of those restaurants that is a “can’t miss” experience. First of all, when you walk in, they make you take your shoes off (no holey socks or bad manicures will be missed). Then they seat you on a wooden platform with pillows for comfort, very “traditional” Korean style, it was so much fun!
It had to be the best food experience I’ve had in a long time, maybe ever. From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you’re transported to another place. The tea is a bit pricey ($5-10) but it’s a experience on its own. My friend and former roommate Melissa, who recommended the place, met me for lunch and tried the pomegranate iced. The tea was lightly sweetened and tasted so divine, I could have drunk buckets of it. My own drink, the Ginger Tea, tasted freshly made and was a welcome mixture of sweet and spicy.
There are three prix fixe menus for lunch and I believe for dinner as well. I tried the Ginseng Lunch, Mel had the mini Emperors lunch and they were both only $20. But there was nothing mini about these lunches:
First course was a very thick “porridge” of pumpkin soup. It was creamy and filling, not as tasty as the rest of the food but it actually was perfect because it didn’t overpower your actual meal.
Second course was the Vegetarian Dumplings that were fantastic and came out so pretty that I had a hard time eating it.
And that’s not all… there was a third course which consisted of (this is from the menu), “tofu clay pot in ginger sauce served with multi-grain rice and kimchi”. Yum-mo.
Finally, desert was served and it was a perfect ending to a perfect meal. The desert tasted like a thick apple cider with bits of apple and pine nuts floating in it.
Seriously, one of the best meals available in New York. This is a DON’T MISS.
If I could give them a six carrot rating, I would but I’ll stick with 5.
For more information on Hangawi go to www.hangawirestaurant.com.