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Posted by NYC Indian on 01/11/2008
Both my husband and I love this place. It's an ideal place to relax , have a good conversation while enjoying the tasty food. The place has a homely feel about it...not crowded like the other good places. The waiters give their honest opinions - for example, when we were about to order an extra plate of rice, they themselves said that would not be required - one would be enough :) The lunch special is an excellent deal - you get soup , an entree and rice for almost half the regular price. My favorite dish is "monsoon vegetables" - a hearty , satisfying fare.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/14/2007
One of the best values for its amazing food in the upper east side. And yes, the service was good too, very helpful and polite. It's in our top 10 staples in the neighborhood.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/07/2007
Great food. Gracious service. Good Value. Why isn't this place packed? Maybe because the decor could use a bit of sprucing up. It doesn't look very inviting from the outside, but your taste buds will thank you after. I highly recommend Cafe Mingala.
Posted by RLP on 08/26/2007
Why isn't this placed packed? Do people not know that Burmese Food is basically a mix of Thia and a mild Indian influence? The food is nothing short of amazing, and the service is great. It is also super cheap!!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/15/2007
Cafe Mingala has terrific food and good prices. I especially love their chicken curry and basil chicken. The food is always cooked to perfection, with just the right amount of spices, and the portions are generous. I order from here every weekend, and am never disappointed. Their lunch menu is a terrific value, and delivery is always fast. Highly recommend!!
Posted by Ann on 07/15/2007
Cafe Mingala has excellent food, and their delivery is generally very fast. I highly recommend their lunch menu for great food at terrific prices. I love their chicken curry and basil chicken. Their portion size is fantastic too. The food is expertly prepared. It's definitely one of the best cuisine in NYC. The restaurant is kind of small, but I have raves about their delivery. Highly recommend!
Posted by edgey on 07/09/2007
This place is astonishing. It's incredibly cheap and the food is just incredible. There is no bad dish on the menu. (Well, the fried appetizers are awfully... um, fried, and there's not much more to them than the hot grease rush, but everything else I've ever tried has been just wonderful.) I really appreciate the pride and the passion the people here have in their food and in their country. There's stuff here (the salads, the Mohinga) that is like nothing else I've ever tasted; the rest is reminiscent of Indian and Thai food, with a twist. While most everything is quite mild, the spicing is incredible-- everything has such flavor! The vegetables are astonishing. I don't know how they do it-- the hard vegetables like the potatoes are perfectly cooked, while at the same time the delicate veggies like zucchini are firm and not mushy. It's like they cook them individually to their point of perfection and then combine them at the end. It's a little eerie-- I've never had such perfect veggies outside of a five-star splurge restaurant like Daniel. If I have any complaint it's that the meat and seafood, while competently handled, flavorful, and fresh, do not seem to be very high quality cuts (you notice this especially with the pork, beef and shrimp), but it makes sense considering how cheap everything is. I can highly recommend the spring ginger and tea leaf salads, the seafood lemongrass and village pea soups, any of the pork, duck, vegetarian, noodle, or beef dishes. (That narrows it down, I know.) Also fantastic are the Burmese dumplings, the mohinga, and the keema.