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Posted by Anonymous on 08/15/2010
I highly highly recommend this place. It's my favorite restaurant above 14th St. All the mango/red curry dishes (chicken, soybean, or veggies) are excellent, but I particularly love the northern Burma phet-htoke, with seafood dumplings. It's amazing if you like lemon grass flavor and seafood. And so different -- I haven't found anything quite like it. I always get two meals out of one order. I like taking visiting friends here, because most have never eaten Burmese food before. They always rave afterwards. The atmosphere leaves a little something to be desired, however. Other items I've had and loved are the coconut rice (oh my god, so delicious but so bad for you) and the green papaya spicy salad (they mean it when they say spicy, so don't order if you have mild tastes). I also appreciate that they will deliver to me even though my apt is 15 blocks north of them. The only thing I don't recommend is their lunch specials. Definitely not rave worthy. Hope everyone reading this will give Cafe Mingala a try!
Posted by Mr. G. on 08/10/2010
Not only is this only is this one of the best deals in town it is the only Burmese restuarant any where near NYC. If you order the right dishes you will be delighted. The salads: Tea, Mango & Tomato are wonderful. The Coconut rice is perfect. The Rangoon Night Market noodles are just great. The Ginger Duck is very good. The staff are wonderful and very friendly. Really a very special place worth a trip!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/12/2010
not very good...
Posted by Jaimo on 01/31/2010
I almost walked out of this cheaply designed restaurant, but after we got the food I was very surprised.... I would recommend this place for take out and to order it extra spicy because their spice side dish is amazing! very under rated joint!
Posted by NYC MD on 12/22/2009
I could eat the chicken curry any day. In fact I probably eat it once a week. It is fantastic. All around the restaurant is a great mix of asian/south east asian/south asian fare that is always fresh, often light, and tons of flavor. The Mohinga is fantastic, best if ate at the restaurant. Highly recommended if you are in the UES.. Don't let the shabby front fool you, it is top notch food.
Posted by Matt on 09/19/2009
...After a great deal of vacillating and deliberation, during which the waiter was very gracious, we decided to go with a sampler of appetizers. Jerri went with the soup, and a main course that I vaguely recall being some sort of fried vegetable. At this point, I was pretty sick of eating chicken and rice. I was ready to meat it up. I went with the beef curry, with a side of thousand-layer-bread, which sounded both delicious and intriguing. As the waiter walked away, on the spur of the moment, I decided I'd like to try the pineapple-fried-rice. Appetizers came. As we ate and dried out, the last vestiges of my anger over getting lost faded away. I ate the meat dishes- a shrimp spring roll, and two samosas full of keema (minced meat, beef in this case.) Interestingly, the small samosas were covered in a shell not unlike that of the spring-roll, rather than the traditional Indian pastry. It lent more of a crunchiness than the soft Indian pastry. I have to say I liked the Burmese version better. It was delicious, and the meat was spicy and soft, a great contrast to the crunchy texture and neutral taste of the shell.
Posted by novajoshua on 06/18/2009
the food was unique and tasty. i recommend the special pork dish. waiter was very polite and helpful. atmosphere was nothing special.