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Posted by tatdotcom on 04/04/2005
I've been eating here for years and have never been disappointed. The food is unique in that few restaurants in nyc serve this kind of cuisine. The basil and curry dishes are amazing. For those criticizing the mural, I think it's a matter of accepting the burmese/myanmar culture. The atmosphere is close to fine dining without the high prices.
Posted by larron win on 03/05/2005
You ever have those days where you want an exotic dish and meal in wish you crave for, but you want it to be delightfully tasteful and just want to comfort the stomach like your parents did for you when you where young. Well burmese food is the way to go for that. You have so many choices to choose from finger foods, rice, noodles, curry, and all the way to one of my all time favorite dish which is the coconut chicken noodle soup...ummmm I could just taste it in my mouth now. This is the restaurant that you will go to and always come back because of the taste of the food, the wait staff, and the great low prices for huge amount of food......well don't take my word for it try it yourself and tell me about it...
Posted by Allison on 03/04/2005
I've been to this place a couple of times and every dish I tried was delicious. You can't beat the lunch special price and you get a lot for your money. Highly recommended!
Posted by rocky on 02/01/2005
I love this place and go to/order from often. The Golden Ruby Shrimp appetizer is wonderful. So's the Mango Salad. And the Bread and Peas. And the Mango Beef. And the Basil Beef. And on it goes... The prices are very good and the service, excellent. The decor is a little dated and cheesy, which is how it should look. One note on the lunch specials - In my own experience, not quite as much care and spicing is taken with the food. Basil Beef in the evening is SO good. Thru delivery during the day - eh. Same with a few other dishes.
Posted by Dave on 01/27/2005
If you aren't familiar with Burmese cuisine, it's like a cross between Indian and Chinese. This place has great food, especially the curries (though if you want it really spicy, ask!) - I highly recommend the pork curry w/ potatoes and the thousand layer bread. The prices are reasonable at all times, but their lunch special is an unbelievable bargain. I order the special all the time. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2005
We picked Cafe Mingala based on reviews in this website. We'd never tried Burmese before and were looking for the best in town at a reasonable price. The decor of the place is nothing special; the mural that decorates the walls is tragic and would be better just painted over, the plates were chipped and the tea cup stained with many years use; the music was Madonna from the 1980s; in general the place had the feel of not having been redecorated (or even dusted) since that decade. . .but the food was great. The portions are plenty, so unless you're a heavy eater, skip the appetizers. Worth a visit, probably great for take-out, but we probably won't be hurrying back until we've had a chance to try out other examples of the cusine.
Posted by Omar on 08/12/2004
I used to go to this place for takeout all the time when I first moved to Manhattan. You can get an excellent meal for ten dollars. I am a vegetarian and the Mango Soybean dish is probably my all-time favorite vegetarian dish. Cafe Mingala had me addicted to it. They are also very accommodating in terms of spicing the dishes to your taste - I prefer my meals very spicy and they always remembered how I liked my meal when I came in. I cannot praise the food enough - these people really care about the quality of their food. Everything is fresh. Also, the staff is friendly.