Archive for 'Food Gallery 32'

Climb Up to Dadam for Unique Korean Dishes

I am far from a Korean food expert. I just know that I like it and I’ve dabbled with the usual bibimbap, galbi, mandoo, and soondubu jigae. But recently we got a tip from a reader about a new vendor on the top floor of Food Gallery 32 in the old Angry Chicken space serving Korean stews. I had assumed what I would have found would have been similar to what I have tried before on 32nd Street. I was in for a surprise.

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Angry Chicken Makes For a Happy Midtown Lunch

It’s possible to frequent Koreatown stalwart Food Gallery 32 and have no idea a top floor exists. Most of the food vendors are on the ground floor with a small seating area in the balcony. You have to venture even further up to the second floor to discover the newly opened Angry Chicken.

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With Bunch Mandoo Now Open in Food Gallery 32, a Dumpling War in K-Town is Imminent

Bunch Food Gallery 32

Ever since Food Gallery 32 opened in K-town almost 2 years ago, I’ve been a regular haunt whenever I’m in the area. Even if I’m not eating there, I’ll make a point to peruse the grounds, for the dynamics of the space are always in flux. To be cliché, it seems that the only constant at Food Gallery 32 is change – we’ve seen the unfortunate closure of Bian Dang and Crepe Monster, only to find that new food concepts spring eternal . The newest openings at Food Gallery include Bunch, a stall specializing in jjin (steamed) mandoo, located immediately at the front entrance. Open now is also Spot Dessert Bar on the 3rd floor, which carries most of line-up of its East Village location – pastries, bubble teas, coffees, and the like.

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Spot is the New Spot For Dessert in K-town: I happened to be craving desserts in the East Village this weekend and noticed a sign at uber-popular Asian-themed dessert bar Spot. It turns out they have just opened a location on the second floor of Food Gallery 32 in Koreatown. The new location has been open since Wednesday, but the grand opening will be this coming Saturday. They're not doing all the same dessert tapas as downtown, but still look for their unique pastries and ice creams.

Mr. Fish in Food Gallery 32 has an Enormous $10 Lunch Special

A few weeks ago, Chris reported that the location of Bian Dang in the 32nd Street Food Court, Food Gallery 32, (32nd btw. 5th and Broadway) would be replaced by Mr. Fish and Pastel was being replaced by The Gochujang: Korean School Food. An air of sadness swept Midtown upon this news. But when Fork In the Road reported that Mr. Fish had a giant lunch special, I took the opportunity to investigate on my own. I had never been to the food court before because it’s a small jaunt from my office, and I couldn’t wait to see what it was all about.

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Bian Dang and Pastel OUT at Food Gallery 32

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Only yesterday we were nodding our heads at Robert Sietsema’s love letter to Food Gallery 32, and in particular The Village Voice’s ode to Bian Dang’s awesome porkchops, when we received a shocking tweet from @CaraPaige. “No more Bian Dang” at Food Gallery 32, we were informed. Sadly, we’ve confirmed that to be the case. Instead of awesome deep fried Taiwanese goodies, a new stall, dubbed “Mr. Fish” has replaced Bian Dang. And instead of Korea’s quixotic take on Italian food, a stall called “Doyaji Pork House” has replaced Pastel.

More photos and menus of the newcomers after the jump.
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O-de-ppang’s Sushi Bibimbap Is More Filling Than You’d Think


On Fridays during Lent I’m always on the lookout for a good meatless lunch. While I love me a good fried fish sandwich, sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little lighter but still filling. So when I saw that O-de-ppang! at Food Gallery 32 was now offering a Sashimi Bibimbap for $9.95, I had to check it out.

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Snapshots: What We Ate at Food Gallery 32 w/ Google Yesterday

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Yesterday, more than 50 winning lunchers joined us for a free meal at Koreatown’s Food Gallery 32 provided by the fine folks at Google Places. Blondie, Brownie, Chris and I snacked on some great food and met more than a few of the winners.

If you didn’t make it, follow the jump for a few of the dishes that we ate there.

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Win Free Lunch From Google Places & Us

What’s better than a free, awesome, weekday lunch in Midtown with 75 of your closest friends? (aka Midtown Lunchers)  Nothing, that’s what.  So when Google New York approached us about throwing a party for you guys at Food Gallery 32 in Koreatown we immediately said yes.  And all you have to do to enter to win is share your opinions about your favorite places in NYC on Google Places, their new personalized local recommendation engine.   (After all, you’re more than happy to do it in the comments here for free, why not do it over on Google Places and score some free food.)  Entering is easy.  Just start an account on Google Places (if you don’t have one already), fill out this form, and post a review.  That’s it.  Of course, the more reviews you write, the more chances you have to win.

That’s the basics.  All the details (and the fine print legal mumbo jumbo) is after the jump…

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Bian Dang Now Offering a Dinner Special

Bian Dang Dinner Special

While this may not be “Midtown Dinner” some of us occasionally work hours that might require dinner at the office or picking up take out on the way home after a long day. If that describes you, or if your cheap eating tendencies extend to the dinner hours, the Bian Dang in Food Gallery 32 (on 32nd btw. 5th+B’way) is doing a dinner special that includes entree, appetizer and a drink for $10 from 6:00pm until 11:30pm.