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HanGawi – New York, NY

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HanGawi

Korean Vegetarian Restaurant
(1) 212 213-0077
12 E 32nd St
(Btw Madison – 5th Av)
New York, NY 10016

www.hangawirestaurant.com

OPEN HOURS:
Lunch:
12:00m – 2:45pm    Monday – Friday
1:00pm – 3:00pm    Saturday
Dinner
5:00pm – 10:30pm    Monday – Friday
3:00pm – 10:30pm    Saturday
5:00pm –   9:30pm    Sunday

Just on the southern edge of Korea town, hidden behind a large wooden gate one encounters HanGawi, an elegant oasis for balanced, healthy, delicious, MSG free Korean food.  HanGawi has been awarded with two stars by none other then Ruth Rachl  at the New York Times.

From the moment you walk into the restaurant, exchanging your shoes for slippers, you start to relax as the city street energy gets left behind and you enter another dimension of amber light and awaking aromas.  The low tables and raw silk cushions combine with the display of tea pots and tea canisters complete your transference to a different mental place.

All the dishes served at HanGawi are exquisite and beautifully plated.  The sesame-leaf tofu patties arrive perfectly crispy on the outside and easily lend themselves to ordering a second serving!  The different dumpling options, leek pancakes and the kimchi-mushroom pancakes all come with the traditional sweet chili pepper dipping sauce.  Each Korean restaurant worth its salt has its own proprietary blend for the dipping sauce, and HanGawi is no exception with their own delicious blend that has you reaching for your spoon and continually asking for more.

The winner appettizerss for us were the stuffed shiitake mushrooms and the silky tofu clay pot.   Like every Korean restaurant, only better, HanGawi offers a large selection of bibimbaps (translates: mixed meal), a rice base served in a sizzling hot stone bowl which is then topped off with different ingredients.  The bibimbap is served with kimchi and Gochujang (fermented chilli pepper paste ) sides, and the idea is to mix all the ingredients together at the table.  As HanGawi is a vegan restaurant the difference from the traditional bimbimbap is the option of meats and the inclusion of a raw egg topper which is cooked in by the hot stone.

The most outrageous dish is the Mongolian hot pot.  A stew of tofu, vegetables and herbs.  While the bibimbap is served in a hot stone bowl, the hot pot is served in a bowl that is so hot it arrives at a rolling boil that will last through the end of your meal!  I wound up finding mine edible as others were contemplating dessert.  Worth ordering just for the sheer spectacle!

HanGawi is a must on any vegetarians list in NYC and certainly diverse and tasty enough for all but the most meat-dependent.  The lunch specials are complete and well priced and there is an organic-only menu option as well. The korean health herbal wines are very special, and a wide tea selection rounds off another NYC dining gem.

 

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Robotaya – New York, NY

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Robotaya

Japanese Restaurant & Grill
(1) 212 979 9674
231 East 9th St.
(Btw 2nd – 3rd Av)
New York, NY 10003

www.robataya-ny.com

OPEN HOURS:
Lunch:

12:00m – 2:25pm    Wednesday – Friday
12:00m – 2:50pm    Friday &   Saturday
Dinner
6:00pm – 10:45pm        Sunday – Thursday
6:00pm – 11:45pm       Friday & Saturday

In the growing section of Little Tokyo, Manhattan’s ninth street between 2nd & 3rd avenues, we find the NY sister to the original Robataya  in Roppongi, Tokyo.  Robatayas are descended from traditional beach restaurants where fishermen grilled their catch over an open fire and served directly to their customers via their oars.  (“ro” means hearth, or fireplace).  It’s origin leads back to the city of Sendai in the northeast of Japan, and today Robata chefs still use a wooden paddle to pass food to customers.

As you enter New York’s Robotaya, you are presented with an enormous counter, spread with the abundance of land and sea.  Ingredients are beautifully displayed, cleaned and mouth wateringly ready.  You simply point at whichever you wish and the chef descends at lighting speed from his elevated platform, set high as to give them more flexibility to access the spread before them.   As you are being served, your meal is announced loudly in  best Japanese tradition, echoed by the rest of the staff as the chef  passes you your lovely dish directly by on the long paddle.

All of the food is exquisite in its quality and taste, and as you have so much to choose from, there is something for everyone.  A stand-out is the potent matcha soup  with floating chestnuts and mochi,

 

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Grilled Enoki

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Khan’s Restaurant – London, UK

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Khan’s

Indian Food Restaurant
(44) 020 7727 5420
13-15 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater,
London W2 4UA, UK

www.khansrestaurant.com

OPEN HOURS:
12:00 pm –    2:45 pm    Monday – Thursday
6:00 pm –    11:45 pm    Monday – Thursday
12:00 pm –  11:45 pm    Friday – Sunday

Founded in 1977 by Mr. M Y Khan, the eponymous indian restaurant is still going strong.  An institution in my college years, I first visited Kahn’s in 1992 for a dinner made famous in our family.  19 people, dishes and beer for all, cost £60.  A quicker, cheaper, tastier curry in London I do not know.

The onion Bhajis, Tandoori specialties and amazing nans are all well known.  A standout is the Paneer Tikka, a plate of cottage cheese marinated with yoghurt, lightly spiced & cooked in the tandoori oven.  The Biryanis (rice based dishes) are another favorite along with quite delicious organic juices.

I’m happy to say after 18 years, Kahn’s has continued the same traditions that made it a perennial favorite.

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Cafe Mogador – New York, NY

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Cafe Mogador

(1)  212 – 677 2226
101 Saint Marks Pl
(between 1st Av. & Av A)
New York, NY 10009-5146

www.cafemogador.com

OPEN HOURS:
Noon  –  Midnight   Everyday

After living in the East Village for nigh twenty years, my opinion is that the Heart is the corner of 7th st. and Avenue A, and the Aorta is St. Marks Place (8th St.).  Nestled on the northern side of St. Markes between Avenue A & 1st is Cafe Mogador; a restaurant we patroned about two times a week between 1993 and 2010.

One of the first Moroccan restaurants in all of  NY, Mogadar opened in 1983 and has seen steady clientele ever since.  Which is not surprising given their combination of wonderful location, modest relaxing decor, easy going atmosphere, an attentive yet relaxed staff and, most importantly, absolutely delicious fare.  The restaurant recently underwent an expansion, but kept on are the old photographs of Moroccan natives and the sidewalk dining, excellent on sunny days.

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Saturdays and Sundays are home to one of the steadiest brunches in town, full without the stresses  of many of the more trendy spots, though sometimes the wait can be a bit long.  The weekday breakfast specials, in true East Village fashion, are served until 4:00pm.  They are a delicious collection of mostly organic ingredients and with a slightly different variety then  your average cafe.

All of the specials feature perfectly poached and organic eggs accompanied by orange juice and a well made illy coffee or a soothing and classic Moroccan mint tea, served in traditional silver pot with glasses.  Moroccan Eggs: poached, with spicy tomato sauce, Middle Eastern Eggs: pached with hummus, tabouli, salad and za’atar pita or Halumi Eggs: poached, with roasted tomato, halumi cheese, olives, salad and za’atar pita.

The weekday lunch specials are a mouthwatering as well, our favorites being the Roasted Eggplant Pita featuring tomato, boiled egg, tahini & parsley and the Grilled Hanger Steak sandwich accompanied by lettuce, tomato, roasted onion, horseradish mayonnaise on semolina.  An inside joke is the  daily board special: the fragrant tomato-ginger soup has been on special for about 7 years now!

The Moroccan Tagines are airy,  smooth and full of flavour, available in five different options.  The menu also includes grilled meats, a variety of salads and middle eastern plates.  The mezzes are the perfect companion for just about any meal at any tie of day.

A true delicacy is the Bastilla – a classic of Moroccan cuisine that consists of pastry layers (similar to puff pastry) filled with shredded chicken, lemon flavored eggs, almonds & cinnamon.  And to put a bit of spice on everything is the home made Harissa; a spicy paste condiment made with hot peppers, garlic, olive oil and middle-eastern spices.

Cafe Mogador is a true part of New York City life.  Thank you for all the great meals and memories!

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Kyotofu – New York, NY

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Kyotofu

Japanese Restaurant & Dessert Bar
(1) 212 974 6012
705 9th Ave, New York NY 10019
(Btw 48th – 49th St)

www.kyotofu-nyc.com

OPEN HOURS:
Unfortunately closed

Japanese restaurants are always such a wonderful experience.  The otaku culture finds  a wonderful outlet in creative cuisine.  The plating alone makes one anticipate and salivate for each dish, casting an eye towards the kitchen door.

Since 2006, one can find the small restaurant Kyotofu just a few blocks off time square.  A savior when venturing in the theatre district, with its endless rows of xeroxed fare, the exquisitely designed eatery specializes in small plates and variety of uhmm-inducing desserts.  The sweets are guilt -free, being delicious and light at the same time!  They also create perfect macaroons and others sweets to take home.  The chocolate cupcakes can create a serious addiction,while the heart shaped ones can make lovely gift a in their elegant packaging.

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