Burmese / $
21 E. 7th St. between 2nd-3rd Aves.
6 train to Astor Place, N, R to 8th St. & Broadway
Sun-Thur 11:30 AM-10:30 PM,
Fri-Sat 11:30 AM-11:30 PM
No reservations needed
Takeout & delivery available
Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover
Just a few doors down from McSorley's Old Ale House on East 7th Street is a place so good that you'd be better off trying it when sober. Mingala features traditional Burmese cuisine. What is Burmese like? Indian food might be its closest cousin but it has its own deceptively simple character. You might be seduced by the savory curries, especially the beef curry, and there are a number of good vegetarian choices, but don't neglect the noodle dishes which are varied, memorable, and nourishing. The Rangoon Night Market Noodles are egg noodles sauteed with garlic and laced with shredded duck. We're also addicted to the Kow Swear Let Thoke, a cold egg noodle dish with tamarind sauce, bean curd, cabbage, lettuce, carrot, and other things we can't identify. The traditional decor is dark, quiet, and calming.
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