HanGawi

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12 E 32nd St (at Midtown East, Manhattan), New York City, New York, USA, 10016

HanGawi's all-vegan menu is based on mountain roots, greens, and grains that have comprised the staple diet of ancient Koreans. Enjoy vegetarian dumplings, tofu clay pot in ginger sauce, vermicelli delight, multi-grain rice, bean curd with kimchi and vegetables. Traditional teas, folk and zen music, decor filled with antiques and artifacts, a relaxed atmosphere of peace and refuge. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:00pm-10:30pm, Sat 1:00pm-10:30pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Take-out, Korean

72 Reviews

First Review by Stevie

it is wonderful. - Edit

The atmosphere is fantastic. It is a tranquil spot in the middle of a chaotic city. The food is fresh ( the kitchen asked me to switch dishes one day because they thought the dandelion greens they had left were a little beat up), and flavorful. I highly recommend this place. They have a great tea selection but you can also get Soju.
You have to take your shoes off in the restaurant so be prepared for that.

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Superb! - Edit

I don’t think I can say something that hasn’t already been said about how amazing Hangawi is. This place takes you on a journey, both culinary and physical. As soon as you enter you are transported to another place where all that exists is peace, good food, and the people you’re sharing your meal with.
The staff, all thematically outfitted, is friendly and happy to offer recommendations. Some of my favorite dishes include the bamboo rice, the stuffed shiitake mushrooms, the Hangawi vegetable and mushroom wrap, the cheesecake with ice cream, and the blueberry coconut cake.
This place is simply magical. You cannot miss it if you find yourself in NYC.

Pros: Amazing food , Magical ambiance , Friendly Staff

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Delicious but small portions - Edit

Lovely atmosphere, cuisine and service - but portions are small and pricey so not for the budget conscious

Pros: Great ambience, Delicious food, Great service

Cons: Small portions, Pricey

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my new favorite restaurant in all of new york!!!! - Edit

this place blew my mind! i went to school in seoul and this place is the real deal. the atmosphere, the service, the food, the fact that your shoes magically appear when you’re ready to leave...but the food!!! pure heaven! I recommend the mongolian hot pot with multi grain rice (the korean purple rice), and the silk tofu soup appetizer. the dumplings are good but too expensive for just four so don’t bother. but you NEED to order the shissandra chinesis tea. NEED to! it was delicious and apparently it’s amazing for your health. everything is vegan! reservations are a must! please go!!

Pros: shissandra chinesis tea!, atmosphere , the food!!!!

Cons: expensive

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Excellent Vegan Dates and Celebrations - Edit

This place is In the heart of Koreatown (i.e., catering to a discerning audience of Korean food lovers). The dishes are delicious and based on authentic Korean staple dishes, many of which were traditionally vegan. Great service, zen-fun atmosphere, good selection of beverages, and delicious food.

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A scam! - Edit

The food is like Panda express, service is gimmicky. Serves fat, oily, fast-food style Asian dishes in the mask of a healthy high end vegan food. It's not even a cultural experience, not worth the price.

Pros: at least they're vegan

Cons: oily, fat, fast-food style food, Not tasty. , Gimmicky

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Lovely Spot for a fancy dinner - Edit

A lovely place with mood lighting ambience. Shoes off at the door and we are seated on the floor with leg space under croft. We opted for the tasting option which was like a degustation. A great variety of options, some healthy some fried deliciousness, overall balance and very full at the end.

Pros: Balanced food options - healthy/fried, Great Atmosphere, Lovely service

Cons: Walk ins could mean a long wait, A bit pricey

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One of my favorite places ever in the city! - Edit

I don't even know what to say about Hangawi, This restaurant is absolutely delicious and I have been several times now for events like birthdays, thanksgiving, and christmas eve. The ambience is worth the trip; please note that they will require you to take off your shoes. The menu is vast and they easily accommodate those who have Celiac's disease. I suggest trying the Bibimbop and the various dumpling options. It's sometimes difficult to decide what I want to try next so I do recommend doing the prie fixe dinner option. A soothing cup of Shishandra Chinesis is a great option for helping to digest.

Pros: Absoutely delicious food, Wonderful ambience, The decor is memorizing , Very accommodating

Cons: Can get busy during dinner , Will probably need advance reservations

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Amazing ! - Edit

Great place ! It isn't just the food , it is the whole experience ! Lychee wine and cocktail are so very good ! Their rolls are great, pancakes and dumplings ! Oh try their Fragrant rice ! A bit pricey but it isn't if you are going out and know you are going to a nice restaurant in the city !

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High-end, vegan, delicious - Edit

Even though the menu and website say vegetarian, this restaurant is vegan. I clarified with the staff before ordering.

Overall:
Nice experience. The ambiance was pleasant. Decor felt authentic. Shoes off and sitting low was unique and fun.

Staff:
Nice and helpful. They understood the food and were able to answer our questions. They were well trained and consistent. The food came out in a nice order and we didn’t feel rushed.

Food:
We started with the Broccoli Kimchee Salad. Very nice. Spicy by not overwhelming. The veggies were fresh and healthy. We also had Kabocha Pancakes (a.k.a. pajeun). Perfectly done with a nice variety of sauces.

As a main course, I had the Avocado Bibimbap in a Stone Bowl (a.k.a. dolsot). To add more spice, I asked for gochujang sauce. The rice on the edges were crispy and the avocado was perfectly ripe. My wife got the Vegetable Dumpling Soup (a.k.a. manduguk). It came very hot and nicely flavored. The dumplings were not overcooked.

I should also mention, we liked how the food was served and presented. Very elegant.

Pros: Ambiance is elegant, Food is well prepared, Staff is very professional and helpful

Cons: Make it clear that it's vegan

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pleasant atmosphere - Edit

Food is delicate and delicious. Ambiance is soothing and calming. Chef's tasting menu is a generous amount of food for the money.

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Superb restaurant, kind of pricey - Edit

This is a superb restaurant with wonderful atmosphere, great service, and excellent food.I recommend it highly (even if you are not vegan). It is pricey.

Pros: Great vegan food, Excellent service, Excellent atmosphere

Cons: not for those traveling on a budget

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Wouldn't come back - Edit

We had high hopes for this place.
It's a Korean restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. We found the atmosphere of the place quite nice and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
We chose to order the lunch menu ($25) that included : 1) salad of the week, 2) dumplings, 3) rice bowl w/ vegetables and 4) weekly desert (chocolate ice cream).
The portions were okay and the food was overall good. The rice bowl needed more flavour, but everything else tasted good.
However this is when the problems started. A table of two ladies just next to us felt sick after the meal and threw up (the had had the lunch menu as well). It didn't hit us that hard but after leaving the place and for next hours we didn't feel very good either.
Maybe it was just bad luck but I don't think i'll be eating here again.

Pros: atmosphere, service

Cons: not sure about food quality/hygiene, pricy

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An Authentic Experience! - Edit

Hangawii is a lovely authentic Korean dining experience where you leave your shoes at the door and sit in very comfortably cushioned booths. Candle lit and wonderful decor. The drinks and food are one of a kind!

Pros: Authentic , Incredible food , Great Service

Cons: Pricey

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can't stop thinking about it - Edit

I had dinner here and I loved it so much. The atmosphere, apps, entrées, and desserts!!! It was all so good!!!

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Wow - Edit

The food here is incredible, and the ambiance is just amazing and unique. My dad is a grumpy person who hates everything...this is literally the only restaurant he's been to in years that he actually LOVED...he couldn't stop talking about it for weeks!

Pros: Incredible food, Wonderful ambiance

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Elegant but far overpriced - Edit

It is a elegant korean restaurant that serves vegan meals. The deco is very pleasant and the experience of eating while seated in a hole deserves to be known. However, the food is not so exciting at all. It is all about sauces. And the worst thing, it is very expensive. I had to pay 19$ for one eggplant. It is way too much for me.

Pros: something different

Cons: very expensive, dark

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TASTY KOREAN - Edit

Great food in midtown, nice place for a quiet dinner with friends. vegan friendly, had a hot pot dish. Decor is great and you get the experience of an old traditional Korean restaurant. Be sure to make a reservation!

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Best deal is the Prix Fixe! - Edit

HanGawi's Prix Fixe menu may seem pricey on the surface, but you will leave stuffed, and taken care of like never before! It's a bargain to get that level of service, with so many finely prepared flavors, course after course! This is a perfect birthday, anniversary or must-visit when you're in NYC to have the best vegan Korean meal of your life!! It was so special, it felt holy. I will always be "HanGawi" for more!!

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teeny tiny portions - Edit

The ambiance here is lovely and the service is great. The food is good and very nicely presented. BUT everything is overpriced and the portions are ridiculously small. I paid $17 for a mixed pancake appetizer and it was 3 pancakes, each one cut into little pieces. I got a prix fixed lunch for $24 and it came with the smallest salad I've ever been served, although it was delicious. It came with a dessert which was 2 one inch diameter scoops of vegan chocolate ice cream served in a gigantic bowl. An hour later I was hungry again. With a tip, my tab was $70 for the prix fixe lunch, the extra appetizer and a cocktail. It was a good meal but not a great one, especially for the price. I've always been curious about this place and, my curiosity having been satisfied, I will not return.

Pros: good service, nice atmosphere

Cons: expensive, very very small portions

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great ambiance - Edit

Ordered a mushroom medley with spinach and it was delicious. The ambiance is very nice with dim lighting and candles. Our waiter was very friendly. The food is definitely on the pricier side, but it's a nice place to go on a special occasion.

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Fantastic Korean Vegan! - Edit

Delicious, formal, pricey, traditional. Shoes are taken off when entering. Seating is traditional Korean style, with recessed leg-area. Many many delicious options - the tofu steak was superb, as was the service! Highly recommended!

Pros: great selection, great food , great service

Cons: pricey

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best vegan Korean ever! - Edit

I know is not Korean but make sure to get a vegan cheese cake together with your traditional Korean dish . You will love it!

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Excelente!!! - Edit

Increíble lugar!
Muchísimas opciones divertidas para probar.
La atención es excelente y precisa.

Cons: Un poco ruidoso para ser un restaurante oriental.

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A New York City Vegan Gem - Edit

A MUST FOR VEGANS VISITING NYC! The steamed dumplings were out of this world as was the Korean beer. The kale dumplings were so good. The food was inventive and very satisfying and authentic. The kimchi was very nice and served complimentary with the meal.

This is a sanctuary in the middle of the hustle and bustle city. Feels like going back in time to a quaint Korean village, you even take youR shoes off at the door which gives your feet a welcome relief from walking the city!

Charming wood decor, very tiny and cozy eating gets everybody settled down from the New York frenzy, the interior looked like something out of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, very enchanting.

Owner was delightful, smiling and polite, all the wait staff in traditional garb gave the atmosphere a sense of respect for the dining experience that has long been forgotten in our western world, very good for the digestion.

The main dishes can be a bit oily, I would ask if they could be made without oil next time. The fried tofu and broccoli was insanely good.

I don't think you can go wrong here, even non-vegan foodies hit this spot apparently which makes me think the quality of this food can give people the nudge to go vegan.

Pros: authentic Korean cuisine, variety and taste, gluten free menu

Cons: a bit oily, not cheap, small, need reservations

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Amazing! - Edit

This was our first dinner out in NYC. We sat and ate till we couldn't get up. They just kept bringing more plates! The drinks were divine. Highly recommend HanGawi!

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Peaceful (and scrumptious) - Edit

This is far more upscale than the typical vegan establishments that I frequent, but I still highly recommend it. The ambiance and decor are lovely, and the food is sublime. I really like the stone bowl dishes.

I love Korean food, but it can be dicey as a vegan, given the hidden meat/fish products that are common to the cuisine. Hangawi solves this dilemma for me. I don't always splurge on fancy dinners, but when I do, it's often at Hangawi.

Pros: Ambiance, Stone bowls

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