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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2004
Great value for the money - for lunch; very good dessert: sesame banana.
Posted by Eric on 07/29/2004
This is a great place for lunch with very good prices and even better food. The quality is always very high and the staff is very nice and treats everyone well. Great food, fresh ingredients and great prices.
Posted by mark on 04/10/2004
This place is an absolute gem. I now go to this place about once a week and get a different dish each time and have never been disappointed. Their Mango Beef is excellent, as well as their wide range of appetizers and noodle dishes. I have recommended this place to everyone I know. Its the best!
Posted by pileup on 07/12/2003
A few years ago I was introduced to Burmese food by my friend Jackie and her parents, all from Burma. Jackie's Dad, taught me to make several dishes and her Mom loaned me a Burmese cookbook that I used to teach myself as much as I could about this lovely, subtle and ancient Asian cuisine. Burma is surrounded by or very near China, India and Thailand and this is strongly reflected in the food. You might say that Burmese cuisine is a distinctive blend of these neighboring countries food traditions. My companion and I were seated at the end of the dining room near the kitchen but this in no way detracted from the charm of the cafe. Its small and very appealing and is decorated with murals depicting life in Myanmar or Burma. The menu is extensive: we shared an appetizer which was Crispy Lentil Fritters served with a dipping sauce. They were wonderful and as good as the ones that Jackie's Dad made for us. I ordered Peah Thee Toke, a green bean salad that was so huge we ended up splitting it as well. It was cold and spicy and very good. I ordered Ono Cow Sway (my spelling is phonetic, I apologize) which is a mild cocnut chicken curry served with noodles and various garnishes. I promise you you've never had anything like it. It's quite wonderful and so is Mingala's version. My friend had a Pork Curry with Potatoes that was very flavorful and satisfying. I had a glass of white wine, my dinner partner had a beer. The service was prompt and attentive. Most amazing is the bargain pricing. Everything I mentioned above came to about $40.00. A real bargain in Manhattan!