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Mandoo Bar

2 W. 32nd St., New York, NY, 10001
nr. Fifth Ave.
212-279-3075

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 6
Service: 7
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

60% would go back.

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Dolsot Bibimbop was GREAT!

By runjet on 9/27/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Place is known for dumplings so we had an app of that (very good) but my fav was the Dolsot BBop. Wife also like the Japchae.

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27 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

Ridiculous Service for Basic Food

By A_Tourist on 9/20/2011

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

Truthfully, I went there to eat because they were in the michelin book. The food is basic, not really outstanding in an asian standard. The price is really high, way too high for this kind of food. The service is horrible as nobody truly cares for you. As we were tourists, we didn't really know we had to leave a tip. The waiter ran after us and demanded a 20% tip, refusing to leave until we gave him the 20%!

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48 out of 110 people found this review helpful.

It was awful

By mandulover on 10/17/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Never recommend the place. There are lots of nice Korean restaurants around Mandu bar. Please don't waste your time at the Mandu bar.

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116 out of 257 people found this review helpful.

Excellent dumplings, noodle soups, everything!!

By girlwithbigappetite on 8/3/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Mandoo Bar is excellent - they make the dough in the window so you can see how fresh it is. I especially like the dumplings ordered in the spicy broth, and the lightly fried dumplings. Unless you're on a strict diet, it seems pointless to order steamed dumplings here because the light crispiness is what brings out the flavor. I have been here several times over the past 3 years, the most recent being in July 2009, and it's consistently good. Planning to come back after a show in 3 weeks. Casual enough for kids, but also still has a more formal/modern feel than other well-priced asian places.

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126 out of 258 people found this review helpful.

Decent dumplings

By buddhabelly on 5/7/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I, too, am of Korean decent and had their fried pork dumplings and seafood dumplings. The dumpling wrappers are made from scratch so they are a bit thicker, yet light and fluffy, than the standard thin, crispy wrappers we are accustomed to in a traditional Korean mandoo/mandu. The pork dumplings I had were lightly fried and, agreeing with some reviews before me, the filling could've used more scallions or seasoning, but overall it wasn't too bad. The seafood dumplings are steamed and similar to the pork dumplings, could use more seasoning as well. I think the main draw back to my dumpling experience were the dipping soy sauce. A true Korean mandoo experience is to dip it into a soy sauce conconction with sesame seeds, sesame seed oil, some chili peppers, and maybe some scallions, but all you have at Mandoo Bar is soy sauce and Vietnamese Srirachi chili. Overall, these dumplings are decent.

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123 out of 251 people found this review helpful.

Worst fake korean dumplings ever

By bynecessity on 12/18/2007

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

This is my first review on NY Mag and I felt compelled to write one b/c the dumplings, in which they claim to specialize, were absolutely disgusting. I welcome the diverse crowd that korea-town is attracting more recently, but b/c many non-koreans don't have a sense of what is truly good or authentic, terrible restaurants are doing well in the area, including this one. Not only were the dumplings horrible (I literally wanted to spit it out), they weren't even korean dumplings, but more like chinese dumplings. If they were good chinese dumplings, I wouldn't even complain, but these were so appalling in taste, texture and color that I would never ever step back into this con of a restaurant. By supporting such unacceptable culinary establishments, you would be doing everyone a disservice.

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177 out of 399 people found this review helpful.

Yummy dumplings

By exciteme on 7/8/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love this place and highly recommend it to others. The dumplings are great! The seafood pancakes and the bibimbops are also good. Service is impeccable.

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289 out of 580 people found this review helpful.

Pleasantly Surprised!

By Aeren on 12/5/2006

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

It was surprisingly good. The dumplings were fresh, flavorful and very well made. Service was attentive & accomodating. I would definitely come again. Don't know about the University place branch but the establishment on 32nd & 5th was very nice. I'm Korean & the dumplings were just as good as home made. But the decor is nothing to write home about although it was clean. So, it's a nice place to go to for a casual outing with a group of friends or by yourself.

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354 out of 724 people found this review helpful.

I've only been to the one on University, but DO NOT GO!

By susanec on 10/5/2004

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I am Korean so I should know what I'm talking about when I say this place has the Worst Korean food in the world. The only edible thing we had were the pork dumplings and we ordered a ton of other stuff, which we couldn't even bring ourselves to eat so we left it all on the plates. I wouldn't even bring it home for my dogs...

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370 out of 749 people found this review helpful.

Classic Korean Comfort Food at a Bargain!

By battousai on 3/26/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Eating those delicious homemade Korean dumplings brought back a lot of childhood memories of my mommy fixing me up a batch in the days of yore. The space is narrow and "cozy," but nonetheless relaxing and casual enough where you can stop by with friends or a date to munch on steamed, boiled, or fried mandoo. Mom, I'm coming home this weekend!!!!

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