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Food: 3.573.57
Atmosphere: 4.364.36
Service: 4.074.07

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12 East 32nd Street
New York   NY 10016
(212) 213-0077
Fax: (212) 689-0780
HanGawi website

Veg level:

100% Vegan

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $20+)

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Mon-Thu: 12pm-3pm and 5pm-10:30pm; Fri: 12pm-3pm and 5pm-11pm; Sat: 1pm-11pm; Sun: 1pm-10pm


Between 5th and Madison Avenues. 6 to 33rd Street or N,R,F,Q,W to 34th Street.

Delivery notes:

HanGawi delivers.

Delivered within 5 blocks radius of HanGawi, from 12 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on July 23, 2007.

User Reviews of HanGawi

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.573.57
Atmosphere: 4.364.36
Service: 4.074.07
  • Review by tainan on May 7, 2010:

  • First--this is 2010. It's really preposterous for reviews from 1995 to still be posted in the lobby. Secondly, when I read those reviews, I initially thought they were current--because the prices mentioned would have been reasonable today! Today's prices, alas, are twice what they were fifteen years ago.

    This is a truly beautiful restaurant with nice atmosphere, and there are not many of those in New York. Dark wood, traditional Korean decorations, no or few discordant notes--it's all wonderful.

    But I paid 25 dollars for a bowl of brown rice with mountain vegetables. Was it a variety of mountain vegetables? No, just one green. In addition there were carrots, cucumbers, and ordinary button mushrooms. Side dishes, the famous Banchan that make Korean meals interesting? Only kimchi. Soup? None. Not even the barley water that all traditional Korean restaurants ought to serve. In other words, a meal that I could make at home for about six dollars. And I was starving when I left! For a meal that would have filled me up, I would have paid at least fifty dollars. Compare that with Souen, where you get nine interesting vegetable dishes (dishes that have actually had something done to them--spinach with sesame sauce, burdock with miso sauce, shiitakes in broth) surrounding brown rice for 13 dollars. Granted, this place has far better atmosphere than Souen, so I suppose that's what you're paying for.

    The other items on the menu all sounded interesting but similarly unbalanced. I love mushrooms, but I don't want to make a full meal of them--not for 22 dollars.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by beanmail on December 18, 2009:

  • I hadn't been to Hangawi in years, and I was not disappointed; it was possibly more fantastic than I remembered. Nothing has really changed; I guess when you do something non-mainstream-- and you do it well-- why mix it up?

    Everything from the seating arrangement to the utensils to the waitstaff all add to the other-worldly atmosphere.

    And the food? Oh my. I had to restrain myself from ordering my old favorite: the bean curd with spicy kimchi, which is always spectacular: the tofu melts in your mouth. This time: the combo pancakes were each unique and divine. Dumplings were huge and delicious. The stone bowl rice came out sizzing and was prepared tableside with chili paste. The pumpkin porridge is sweet & smooth, and the miso is the best you'll ever have. The standout of the day was the crispy mushrooms in sweet and sour sauce, which was the closest thing I've had to asian sesame chicken without even trying; great dish for omnis. As always, best kimchi ever.

    Do treat yourself to the plum wine if you like sweet and the soju mojito if you like tart. I ran out of room for dessert, but from past experience I would recommend the mochi (make sure they have the ones rolled in coconut), cheesecake, blueberry coconut cake, or the ice cream.

    Yes, Hangawi is a little pricy, but you are paying for an entire experience; it's worth it.

    Oh yeah, my ONE complaint is that when we entered, a rather curt & abrupt woman began yelling instructions to us about where to put our shoes. 1) There are cubbies; it's not rocket science, and 2) You're ruining the atmosphere, high strung woman: cool it!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by veggie_chick on August 11, 2009:

  • Delicious food, tranquil Zen-like atmosphere, impeccable service. Good for couples or groups.

    And an added bonus, you can buy $100 gift certificates for only $40 on Seamless Web.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by quietgrrrl on September 20, 2008:

  • When I called for directions yesterday evening, they were happy to provide said directions. But they neglected to mention that THEY WERE CLOSED. An important tidbit of information that would have taken the hostess 3 seconds to let me know.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by eileen_loves_vegans on June 29, 2008:

  • I ate here a few weeks ago, and was dissappointed with the quality of the food, especially considering the prices. I ordered a grilled tofu dish that was around $17. $17 is alot for a block of tofu cut up into slabs with soy sauce poured over it. Also, the slabs of tofu were so large and heavy, it was totally awkward/difficult to eat it with the provided chopsticks. If you wanted rice, that was extra. Honestly, this is the first establishment I have ever eaten at that charged over $10 for tofu without having anything extra like rice or vegetables.

    The atmosphere was interesting; and the garnishes on the meals were pretty. However, the service was not so great- they never refilled my water even once and I was practically dying of thirst from the overly salty soy sauce that the tofu was drenched in.

    I had fun because I was in the company of fun friends, but I won't be going back there anytime soon. If you're looking to splurge on vegan food, there are far better places in Manhattan to spend your vegan dollars on.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 33
  • Review by eggbeaterzluvssoy on June 29, 2008:

  • I would be remiss if I didn't correct some (perceived) inaccuracies of the negative reviews below because Hangawi is, by far, one of my favorite vegan restaurants in the city. I am not familiar with traditional Korean food (generally far from vegan-friendly, from what I hear) but I am fairly confident that I can distinguish bland food from tasty food (NYC has its fair share of vegan eateries serving up the former) and the food here is anything but bland.

    Of the 5 or 6 times I've eaten here, I've only ever had the Emperor's Meal, a 6-course prix fixe for $35 and it is consistently excellent. (I should also point out that I have never had an issue with the service and food has always been brought out promptly, almost as soon as the dishes from one course have been cleared.) The starters include a choice of rice porridge (black sesame, pumpkin or corn and spinach, all delicious) and 3 pancakes (scallion, kimchi, and mung bean sprout), which I imagine are soy-based but they have none of the consistency or flavor of most soy simulations of pancakes; they're airy without having too-eggy a texture, and crispy on the outside. (The menu changes occasionally but the porridges and the pancakes are staples, I believe.) These are followed by various permutations of tofu and vegetables, all elegantly presented. The crispy mushrooms with a sweet and sour sauce are probably my favorite; they are battered and fried but not greasy. Nothing here is greasy or cheap food-tasting. The main dish is served with two kinds of kimchi and rice. I will concede that the finishing cinnamon broth is disappointing if you are expecting a full-fledged dessert but this is not the restaurant to come to if you are looking for a decadent dessert! After 5 or 6 courses of savory deliciousness, I'm usually too full for dessert anyway. (That said, I have heard great things about the chocolate pudding, included if you upgrade to the $40 prix fixe, which I may do next time.)

    One of Hangawi's greatest assets (other than what I consider to be excellent, attentive service and interesting atmosphere) is that the food is assuredly vegan. I doubt this is the case with any other restaurant in Koreatown (and it is certainly not with the grocery stores). This is often the first restaurant I recommend to visitors to New York and everyone I have ever taken here (mostly omnis) has loved this place, both for the food and the experience.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by gaijingirl on June 29, 2008:

  • Elegant place - unforgivably bland food.

    I love good Korean. Good spicy Korean - like Tteok Bokk and Mandoo, with a nice, sweet injulmi for dessert.

    If you're a fan of true (tasty/spicy/flavorful) Korean food, don't bother with Hangawi.

    It's got good atmosphere, I won't deny that (then again, given the prices you pay for that in spades.) But it definitely doesn't make up for the flavorless dumplings (only four of them) were the best of the lot. The 2 (spicy) pancakes were greasy and bland, and the cinnamon broth with fruit consisted of brown water, a quarter of an apple, and a handful of pinenuts. All for $25... Honestly, do yourself a favor and walk over to the Hanh Ah Reum grocery down the block. You'll have a MUCH better Korean experience...!
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by creatingkids on January 1, 2008:

  • Every year, my partner and I spend three precious days in NYC in December. HanGawi was the place we ate last year and just raved about to friends and family. This year ... well ... for the $$ we spent (well over $150 for two of us), it was this side of disappointing. We left saying that it reminded us of bad Chinese food. Lots of nondescript, oily brown sauces, stuffed mushrooms that were crisp rather than gracefully cooked, and two different main dishes that tasted identical.

    The service was worse. We had to ask several times for water and tea and were served by a reluctant waiter. The shoe thing was handled badly and we felt quite unwelcome. No smiles anywhere to be found at HanGawi.

    HanGawi has fallen from grace and we won't go back next year. A sad story of a celebrated NYC vegan oasis gone down hill. We noticed that all the great reviews posted in the foyer were years out of date. We completely agreed with them then, but not now. It was just overpriced, lousy Korean food.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 11
  • Review by I_like_veggies on December 5, 2007:

  • Is everyone out of their minds?!
    This place is nice I guess. Not too fond of wearing community slippers in the bathroom, because you have to check your shoes at the door. Disgusting!
    The food was overpriced. My entree was a side portion of sauteed mushrooms, and my dessert was literally warm water with cinnamon. I also had a course that consisted of three flavored cabbage rolls. The porridge was really good. But for $35 or so, which in NYC is nothing, I had about 75 calories. I left starving.
    Candle 79, Blossom, and Pure food and wine are all way better.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 33
  • Review by megatofu on September 26, 2007:

  • I hadn't been to Hangawi in about 9 years when I decided to go again yesterday for a business lunch. My guest has spent much time in Korea and said that the food and ambience made her long to return. She is a carnivore herself but sung the restaurant's praises. The vegetable dumplings are among the most delicious and satisfying I have had. I had the ginseng lunch and it was outstanding. The sweetened iced green tea is highly recommended, as well.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by keramel on September 25, 2007:

  • I had heard a lot about this restaurant, but was skeptical because I don't tend to enjoy Korean food. I went with seven carnivores and we all enjoyed our food. I absolutely adored my food. People who ordered hot pot were very happy, but the carnivores did say they missed having meat. (Hangawi uses tofu, no seitan). I think maybe had there been TVP in the hot pot, the carnivores who ordered hot pot would have been singing praises.
    Other carnivores and I ordered dishes with mushrooms--the mushrooms are unbelievable.
    I had the tofu and mushrooms galore and can't tell you how delicious it is. I've never had a better tofu dish in my life (and I've had a lot of tofu--I am VEGAN).
    The carni's who ordered dishes with mushrooms in it were raving over the food. The vegetarian dumplings are amazing as are the porridge starters.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by xmotormanx on September 7, 2007:

  • Absolutely one of the nicest places in New York City to eat, let alone eat vegan. For one you get to take your shoes off, and who doesn't like that. If you're not going to be BYOB then atleast let me undress myself a little.

    The food is immaculately prepared, gorgeous flourishes on actually quite simple food that gives it the air of being rather lavish in the end. The food and decor share this sort of combination of monastic minimalism by way of well-placed, impenatrable oppulence. Think big thick hunks of gorgeous wood, a couple of pine nuts in your ginger tea, big slabby stones burbling with hot mushrooms. To my way of thinking it's exactly the way to present a vegan restaurant: make everything so clean and beautiful and perfect that you don't have to say vegan at all; it doesn't matter, it being vegan is hardly the reason to go. I could easily take a omniverous friend there and they'd be extatic. I'm a vegan chef at an equally fancy restaurant in NYC and I really respect this mode of presentation. Furthermore, it's delicious and satisfying in a way that lacks absolutely NOTHING that less healthy food has. It's enough to change your assumptions about what makes for a tasty meal.

    The care taken by the staff is wonderful. I suppose to a certain extent, it is part of what you're paying for, but to overlook it would be totally disrespectful: these guys really do a nice job, never fuck up, and neither overwhelm you nor disappear into the server black hole. Pretty much it all appears to run like...Earth Balance.

    It is deffinetly a quiet, satiny affair. Not the place to go nuts, but not stuck-up or humorless either. There atmosphere just sucks you in, and it feels like nothing in the world could be better than a totally balanced, chilled out meal and a matching conversation or something, even if ususally you'd like to rage into the night.

    Completely perfect, and somehow it seems well overlooked in the vegan community. Not to mention, it's got the best tea I have ever had. Guess what, they also have a teahouse called Fracchia. This place is a class act.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by champurrado on September 2, 2007:

  • Totally worth it. Had the Emperor's Steamboat eight course meal and loved it. It's more than just food though, it's an experience--the atmosphere is so zen and calming and magical; it's like being in a different world for a while (10,000 miles away from NYC). Paid just under $100 for two, but that includes drinks (lychee wine is the bomb!) and two eight-course meals. Waitstaff was great too.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by Shana on July 23, 2007:

  • HanGawi is a wonderful restaurant that vegans, vegetarians and omnivores all seem to like. A friend from out of town told me that it's her favorite vegetarian restaurant anywhere.

    HanGawi is very peaceful, clean (you have to take your shoes off before you go into the seating area) and has attentive and kind staff.

    The food though is what makes them great. I've had the Emperor's full course dinner several times, and all the food was delicious and nicely presented - although be prepared to eat a lot with that choice. Especially good is the porridge starter, the bi bim bap and the vegetable wrap.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55

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