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WaWa Canteen

289 Mercer St., New York, NY 10003 40.730021 -73.994059
at Waverly Pl.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-473-6162 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Price Range: $

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Nearby Subway Stops

N, R at 8th St.-NYU



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Take-Out


  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju


Not Accepted


This venue is closed.

The light-tiled WaWa (Korean for “come, come”) is sleek and stylish, with molded chairs, pressed-wood tables, and leather-cushioned benches (one of the owners is an architect). But if your vision of Korean cuisine involves clothes-permeating barbecue smoke and rice that sizzles to a delectable crunch on the bottom of its too-hot-to-touch bowl, WaWa might come as something of a newfangled surprise. The food seems lighter and cleaner, leavened with a smattering of Asian-fusion touches. Which isn’t to say dumbed down—the kimchi stew with pork and vegetables still packs a satisfyingly spicy punch. The appetizers have a particular Japanese flair, especially the block of creamy tofu garnished with bonito flakes in a sesame sauce. WaWa’s bibimbop is basically a rice bowl with a profusion of leafy greens and cooked vegetables, still tasty even without the dish-defining rice crust. Counter service and a workable inventory of interchangeable ingredients keep prices very affordable, incentive enough for NYU students and budget-conscious locals, in search of spa food and Seoul food alike, to heed WaWa’s call and beat a path to its inconspicuous door.

Recommended Dishes

Kimchi stew, $8; tofu salad, $7; bibimbop, $8.50

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