12 East 32nd St (at Madison, Midtown East, Manhattan)
New York City, New York 10016
Hours: Mon-Fri, noon-3pm and 5pm-10:30pm; Sat, 1pm-10:30pm; Sun, 1pm-9:30pm
Nearby Subway Stops: 6 at 33rd St.; B, D, F, N, Q, R, V, W at 34th St.-Herald Sq.
Recommended by The Michelin Guide NYC, ⇐ © Don‘t worry about wearing your best shoes to HanGawi; you‘ll have to take them off at the door before settling in at one of the restaurant‘s low tables. In the serene space, decorated with Korean artifacts and soothed by meditative music, it‘s easy to forget you‘re in Manhattan.The menu is all vegetarian, in keeping with the philosophy of healthy cooking to balance theumandyang. You can quite literally eat like a king here starting with vermicelli delight (sweet potato noodles), perfectly crisp kimchi and mushroom pancakes, devastatingly delicious tofu clay pot in ginger sauce, and the regal kimchi stone bowl rice made fragrant with fresh veggies. Of course, you‘ll have to rejoin the crowds outside. Still, it‘s nice to get away... now and Zen.
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Gayot.com ⇐ © Talk about an exotic New York experience: Slip off your shoes and step into this serene, Zen-like setting, which serves vegetarian cuisine that's simply and beautifully prepared. Some ingredients and recipes are based on the temple food of Buddhist monks. The prix-fixe tasting menu will lead you down a magical path. The offerings change every month, but you might encounter a platter of stuffed persimmon, stuffed lotus and mini pancakes, followed by sautéed maitake mushrooms with spinach and multigrain rice. There are also organic and gluten-free menus available. Though not all that filling, even die-hard carnivores have been known to rave about a meal here.
nymag.com ⇐ © One of the only vegetarian restaurants where meat eaters won’t feel deprived, HanGawi is a completely transporting experience. The emperor’s meal treats you to an avalanche of tiny Korean vegetable dishes, most of them unexpected and delightful. Once you settle into the chair-free (and no-shoe) environs, surrounded by Zen music and an even more Zen wait staff, the admittedly strange food starts to appear entirely natural. Your palate will spend the next several days trying to decipher the flavors. Plus, a great tea selection. — Steven A. Shaw