12 E 32nd St, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.746781 -73.984634
Mon-Fri noon-3 pm, 5-10:30 pm, Sat 1-10:30 pm, Sun 1-9:30 pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown South Central, Midtown
Wow. Probably the best date dinner I've ever had. We'll be talking about this for months
A Vegetarian's Heaven! – What an amazing experience! I truly felt transformed in another time and place. The restaurant is so beautiful and so zen. When I got there, I was asked to take off my shoes and seated in one of those amazing tables with cushioned seats. The dumpling soup was the best soup I have had to date! It might beat out the yemenite soup at Rectangles, which is hard to do. I loved the mixed appetizer that we got and the amazing rice bowl. I cannot wait to go back. Vegetarian or not, do not hesitate to eat here. It was one of those special, one of a kind meals that I will dream about!
Really Rude – I will absolutely not be going back! A co-worker of mine suggested this place to me as a vegetarian-Korean restaurant. My food was fine (nothing to get excited about); my boyfriend thought his was really dry. For two people splitting a dumpling appetizer, one noodle dinner, and a rice dinner it was over $50. We didn't even have drinks! We would have had we not been so rushed to order. The website said that the last seating was 10:30, but at 10:20 they were kicking everyone out whether you were finished eating or not. So rude!
TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE – I had a mediocre meal at Hangawi. I was the last table to leave. 5 minutes after departing the restaurant I realized I'd left my iphone on the table. Upon returning the staff were unbelievably unhelpful, skeptical and went so far as to say that it must've been another customer that stole it!!! I won't go into details but it was a drawn out affair with me practically pleading to them that it was glaringly obvious someone who worked there must have my phone- (there were only 2 servers and 1 busboy working that evening)... and I left immensely frustrated and upset largely due to how they handled it. I have been the general manager of a restaurant in nyc for almost 9 years and was disgusted by the situation.
Overpriced and boring food!! – The ambiance is beautiful! so when I stepped in I was thinking the food would be exceptional as well...but I was wrong. There was absolutely no flavor in the food! Tasted like I was drinking flavored water...I was expecting so much more :( Priced way too high for what you get...there are better vegetarian places in the city.
Declicious pear mango salad – Hangawi is wonderful. The Pear Mango salad is delicious. It's my favorite thing on the menu. I especially like the three mushroom dish for the main course and the green tea icecream is a great way to top it all off. I would reccomend this place to any one who wants to try a vegetarian meal with a cool ambiance. You have to take your shoes off and sit on pillows on the floor which is a neat thing.
Bland and expensive food - definitely overrated – Went there because have heard good thing about Hangawi that it's a Michelin recommended and got good review in Zagat. Came out disappointed as the food is bland, so don't really understand why it got recommended by Michelin. We ordered the Prix-Fix meal for $37.95/person and found pretty much all the dishes sweet and not spicy. However, the food were decorated very well and creative. The ambience is excellent esp. for a date. The green tea there is the best I have ever had. One dish I loved was pumpkin stuffed in persimmon -- very original and tasty. The dessert that came with the Prix-Fix was Chocolate Tofu Pudding, which tastes strange. Came out disappointed and wished I had gone to other Korean restaurants in Korea town where the food is much more spicy and cheaper.
Relaxing feel, but food is not up to cost. – Great atmosphere, but somewhat bland food compared to what I was expecting, Drinks were great. Recessed seating is interesting, but you'll want to sit in the corner so you can lean on the wall. Emperor's meal is not as open to choice as you think, as you are limited to a very few appetizers and entrees. I'd want to go back for one more try and switch up the entrees a bit
good but expensive – great ambiance, a perfect night out with the girls or someone you want to have relaxed, pleasant conversation. everything is like a korean temple, with dim lighting, take your shoes off, beautiful food presentation. service was ok, though past 11 PM on a saturday the waiters did not want us to linger over our wine and were not so subtle about wanting to get us out. which was unfair, since we had spent over $150 for the three of us! really good food, interesting twist on the usual tofu dishes. food was not at all disappointing or boring. crowd was not very trendy but more granola-hippy. good date place.
Elaborate, Elegant and Expensive ! – We were impressed with the authentic decor and elegance of the restaurant - floor seating, but interesting enough has a well/pit under the table if sitting in the lotus position is not your cup of tea!
The Emperors meal was an adventure - at times bland, but the presentation, colors and flatware made us raise an eyebrow each time the server came with the next course.
What disappointed us was the *2 person minimum* for the emperor meals which are $37.50 per person - which limits you from experimenting with something else on the menu.
Overall very original !
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