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Cafe Mingala

Burmese Cuisine
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  • Burmese
  • 1393 2nd Ave Ste B, New York NY10021 40.769445 -73.958352
  • (Btwn 72nd & 73rd St)
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  • (212) 744-8008
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User Ratings (Based on 80 reviews)

4.205
Food 4.4 Value 4.5
Service 4.3 Atmosphere 3.4

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 744-8008
voice
(212) 744-8029
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11:30am-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11:30pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Cafe Mingala

    Posted by edgey on 07/09/2007

    a gem

    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.

  • Cafe Mingala

    Posted by Asian Food Fan on 03/24/2007

    A Favorite UES spot -- delicious!

    Come here several times a month.... delicious cuisine, ample servings, fresh, tasty....

  • Cafe Mingala

    Posted by mikphire on 03/12/2007

    cozy dinner place

    I went with three people. The waitstaff and manager were very friendly, funny, courteous. We ordered the assorted appetizer's delight, good for two people to share, the lentil fritters were my favourite, dipped in the sauce :) mmm! The fried tofu was a pleasant surprise- very tasty! The mango salad was excellent! We had Ginger chicken, pineapple chicken and Mandalay Flying Prawn. The ginger chicken was good, they added tamarind to it at my request, lots of veges. The pineapple was interesting, takes some getting used to. The mandalay shrimp was really good, potatoes were nice and soaked in the sauce. The green tea ice cream was ok, I'm not a fan of it, but my company liked it. The thousand layer cake(which is in their in store menu) is not really 'cake'. It was more like roti soaked in milk, which was good! think it is an aquired taste though. You should feel free to explore their menu, there's alot of choices, but none are overwhelming, and you get nice little surprises in the blending of ingredients. Take something with tamarind!

  • Cafe Mingala

    Posted by Pen15 on 01/09/2007

    Great

    I take out around twice a week. The night market noodles are worth a peak. I'm no hipster, but not a geek --and the vibe here isn't very sleak. Or politically correct. I believe "Myanmarian" would be the up-to-date classification. Regardless, they could use a little more chicken/meat in their dishes. Too many vegables. But overall, this place is pretty sweet.

  • Cafe Mingala

    Posted by m&m on 01/06/2007

    Recommended

    We've eaten here a few times in the last year and feel that the other reviews hit the nail on the head. The food is good, the prices are excellent and the take-out is always very quick to arrive. However, one of the waiters hardly utters a word - let alone a pleasantry - and the others seem a little timid to engage in conversation. The atmosphere has improved recently as the lighting has been dimmed but perhaps a little too much. All in all it's well worth a visit but don't expect to be treated like a long lost friend.

  • Cafe Mingala

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/28/2006

    Off Da Hook

    The food is scumptious. OUR WATER CUPS WERE NEVER EMPTY. CONSTANT POURING! AWESOME! Joshua ordered the Basil Chicken, delectable. Ben L. ordered the mango beef, pungent and poignent. Ben S. ordered the pineapple chicken, pineapple-rific. We also ordered a classic Myran Mar dumplings. Frankly tasted like wantan soup. Nothing special. The other dishes really blew our minds. We were not expecting much and were met with high class service at a low budget cost. This evening will forever be burned in my memory as the night I discovered BURMESE FOOD!

  • Cafe Mingala

    Posted by Gastronomicon on 12/17/2006

    Decent food and prices

    I've tried quite a number of the dishes and have found them quite flavorful although I'm not too thrilled with their curries as they are too different from the SouthEast Asian ones I prefer. My favorites are the Rangoon Night Market Noodles and the FishCake appetizer. Whenever I have actually dropped by for dinner, they have been gracious and their delivery service is pretty quick considering I live over 20 blocks away.

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