September 10, 2012 by Emily Pergament
With my office’s much anticipated move from the depths of hell to 5th Avenue and 32nd Street, a whole new palette of lunch options has been laid out before us. Basically we’re going from Korean delis to the heart of Korea Town, and my coworkers and I did not miss the chance to dive right in on our first day.
Mandoo Bar is a Michelin-rated dumpling etc. restaurant on 32nd Street between 5th and Broadway. You can watch them frying the dumplings from the street in their exceedingly clean, if cramped kitchen. The three of us decided to split two dishes for a delicious yet very reasonable lunch.
These are the kimchee dumplings. Kimchee is considered the national dish of Korea by some. It’s usually made of cabbage mixed with a variety of spices that lend it an unmistakable flavor equal parts sweet, spicy and tangy. These dumplings were incredible – we split 12 and they were both filling and delicious.
Our other dish was hot bibimbap, another Korean specialty. It was made with beef, eggs, rice and a mixture of vegetables, all tossed together with a liberal helping of hot sauce. As you can see I was not even able to get a photo before everyone had to dive in and eat.