2 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10003
When I’m not eating Korean food in Northern New Jersey, where we have a huge selection of Korean restaurants to choose from, I’m eating it on 32nd street, in Manhattan’s Little Korea. One of the things I really like about Little Korea is everything is packed into one long block, and on a nice day you can visit all the cool shops and restaurants, and choose from various different food specialists as opposed to general Korean restaurants that serve things like Kalbi and Bulgogi.
One specialist place which I have been wanting to go check out for quite a while is Mandoo Bar, a small eatery specializing in Mandoo, or Korean dumplings. Similar to the Chinese dumpling (Jiaozi) or Japanese Gyoza, these are made fresh right in the store window and are either boiled or fried, depending on the type you order. What this results in is almost kind of a Dim Sum, quick serve concept restaurant if you stick to that part of the menu, although there are other (very good) Korean dishes you can order as well.
Mandoo Bar storefront on 32nd Street.
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The different kinds of Mandoo are prepared fresh right in front.
Freshly rolled and cut Mandoo wrappers
Vegetable and Seafood Mandoo ready to be boiled
Mandoo close up
Goon Mandoo (Pork/Scallion) ready for the boil
Boiling up Mandoo
Because the Mandoo Bar concept is so easy to grok, it gets quite a bit of business from Americans as well.
And of course Koreans!
Complimentary radish Kimchi appetizer (banchan)
Fried Goon Mandoo (Pork and Scallion)
Goon Mandoo Closeup
Assorted Mandoo plate
Jap Chae, Korean-style stir fried glass noodles with beef and vegetables
Dolsot (Stone Bowl) Bibimbap, a popular Korean rice dish.
The vegetables and meat are mixed up in the bowl, which comes out absolutely burn your hands off hot. This fries up the meat and veggies and the rice gets crunchy/burned in some parts, which is exactly what you want. A spicy sauce is then mixed in.