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September 8, 2011

Hangawi Vegetarian Restaurant: New York

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Day 2: New York – Hangawi

Sadly, I only had two full days in New York.  It is a good thing though or I would have had to buy a second seat on the airplane just so I could get home.

Day 2’s restaurant was on 32nd between Madison and Fifth Avenue, around the corner from the Empire State Building.  This is one of those restaurants that is a “can’t miss” experience.  First of all, when you walk in, they make you take your shoes off (no holey socks or bad manicures will be missed).  Then they seat you on a wooden platform with pillows for comfort, very “traditional” Korean style, it was so much fun!

It had to be the best food experience I’ve had in a long time, maybe ever.  From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you’re transported to another place.  The tea is a bit pricey ($5-10) but it’s a experience on its own.  My friend and former roommate Melissa, who recommended the place, met me for lunch and tried the pomegranate iced. The tea was lightly sweetened and tasted so divine, I could have drunk buckets of it.  My own drink, the Ginger Tea, tasted freshly made and was a welcome mixture of sweet and spicy.

There are three prix fixe menus for lunch and I believe for dinner as well.  I tried the Ginseng Lunch, Mel had the mini Emperors lunch and they were both only $20.  But there was nothing mini about these lunches:

First course was a very thick “porridge” of pumpkin soup.  It was creamy and filling, not as tasty as the rest of the food but it actually was perfect because it didn’t overpower your actual meal.

Second course was the Vegetarian Dumplings that were fantastic and came out so pretty that I had a hard time eating it.

Steamed Veggie Dumplings

And that’s not all…  there was a third course which consisted of (this is from the menu), “tofu clay pot in ginger sauce served with multi-grain rice and kimchi”.  Yum-mo.

Tofu Clay Pot

Finally, desert was served and it was a perfect ending to a perfect meal.  The desert tasted like a thick apple cider with bits of apple and pine nuts floating in it.


Seriously, one of the best meals available in New York.  This is a DON’T MISS.

If I could give them a six carrot rating, I would but I’ll stick with 5.

For more information on Hangawi go to

September 6, 2011

Mushroom Risotto at the Bailey

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

New York Day 1

Mushroom Risotto

My first day of travel to  Manhattan finds me on Wall Street searching for a place to eat that is tasty and has ambiance (which is not hard to find in New York).
Now, I lived in New York ten years ago for about five years so I consider myself to still be a New Yorker when I come to visit. I refuse to stop someone and ask them where to eat.   Instead I wander aimlessly through the streets hoping to encounter something good.
Of course, I found a gem: On Wall Street, across from Our Lady of Victory church, lies this very manly Irish Pub called, “The Bailey”.  It’s a pub that eminates power and money.  Lunch is quite pricey with an average of $20 an entrees but it’s worth it.  The mushroom Risotto was so stinking good I had to stop myself before I hoarded it all down.
In the middle of this pub is a silver and white bull hovering over its patrons as if to remind you of a real “power lunch”.

Silver and White Bull

All around me are men (and I say men because there are very few women in here so all you single ladies, take note) in shirts and ties talking business and money.   Unfortunately there are not a whole lot of options for vegetarians but the Risotto on it’s own is worth coming here for.
So I sit and eat my risotto soaking in the power and dreaming of the day when I can invest in something more than a company retirement plan.

For more information on this restaurant, go to

September 6, 2011

The Financier wall street bakery

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Day 1: Dessert

I would come back to this place if the food tasted sub-par.  It’s cute, has nice music, pretty pastries and exquisite staff to boot.
I walked in and instead of someone on the other side of the glass greeting me, a young guy came up beside me and asked how he could help me.  He was so nice and friendly I had to make sure he worked there and wasn’t just hitting on me!   What a great place near Wall Street to just sit and relax while you watch the world of money fly by.  It reminds me of a bakery you might find in Paris.  I tried a regular coffee and had the blueberry cheesecake pastry below that was made of real blueberries.  It was tasty and light and hit the right spot on a  rainy Tuesday afternoon.
I think the pictures say everything:

For more information on the Financier Bakery, go to their website at

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