If there's anything that I never thought I would love, it would be vegetarian Korean. I mean, what could be more delicious than impeccably marinated beef shortribs grilled over openflame?
But now I question everything I once knew about the world after I have fallen head over heels in love with Hangawi - an incredibly warm restaurant in K-town that is so perfect for dates (take off your shoes, slip into these little wooden bunkers under soft candlelight!) and anyone who would appreciate good ol' fashioned adorableness.
Greeshma and Diana came off the Boston bus, and we bee-lined for Hangawi for their last seating at 10:45p. To satiate their raging hunger, we shared the following:
The most amazing ginger iced tea you will ever have served in the most rustically crafted ceramic cups. The spice from each sip will burn your throat in the very best way.
Jap chae, bundled into parchment paper and cut open at your table, releasing the aromatic steam into the heavens.
Black sesame soup which is so thick both in texture and black sesame flavor - hard to eat more than a few spoonfuls, so best to share if you want to try it.
Organic wheatfree kale pancakes, made with rice flour, and served with a slightly sweetened soy dipping sauce.
So addictively crispy and probably very healthy - it has the words kale and organic in it right?
It is because they are so coveted that this plate of mushrooms cost $32. Without a doubt, one of the most expensive mushroom dishes I have ever had, but they were nicely cooked with tender chew, tossed with eggplant and soy ginger paste sauce.
I would eat my hand if it was covered in this sauce.
For dessert, I would skip Hangawi and head to Grace Street (to be another post), but they do have a few offerings here - all which are vegan and dairy-free.
However, the amount of which we enjoyed the rest of meal more than compensated for the less than stellar desserts, so all you meat-eaters, take a chance, and romance your man or lady here soon !
Han's Nonsensical Rating: I crave the ginger tea here about every day, and think about the jap chae and tofu steak just as much - definite recommend for one of the more unique restaurants in New York and K-town!
12 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016