Howard Walfish is a Virginia native who has been living in New York since 2003. He is the co-founder of Eat to Blog and the creator of BrooklynVegetarian.
in fact we just did a column about hangawi - http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/03/the-vegetarian-option-hangawi-best-korean-koreatown-vegan-review.html
yeah, i stumbled into their place a few months ago and walked out with an amazing sourdough.
had a pretty terrible meal there the other night -- inconsistent-to-bad food, and inattentive, confused service. i think they're still trying to figure out how to run a restaurant. hope they turn things around.
i am intrigued by those fried cubes. was the dish vegetarian?
@bf - thanks for the praise. i can definitely try to include more info about vegan options, i appreciate the suggestion.
@coles - are they the same? this max shares a website with max in the east village, but max soha has its own site. even if they are the same owners, the two restaurants have very different feels, and, as you said, both are great.
@Feet2Eat - thanks! check out my other blogs for more vegetarian options!
@VegAstoria - yeah, it was that good.
@mrsdebdav - at upi jaya they use onion crackers on the vegetarian dishes. they are very considerate that way.
@Chris - love phayul, but haven't had the momo there. i'll have to check out your other recommendations.
@Jess + Garrett - the thalis with meat have much more food on the plate, if that's your thing.
@molly - thanks!
@otis - i'll take your word for it.
@jassybeans - it's true, we could have eaten more indian food but we wanted more variety. it wasn't easy finding vegetarian versions of the more popular malay foods, like laksa or even fried noodles -- most use shrimp paste or lard.
@ChiRunner - and a lot of vegetarian places don't serve onion or garlic.
@Pintchow - we had to seek it out, not every hawker center had vegetarian food.
@theotherworldly - if you click through the slideshow you'll see that we did visit ci yan, and although the food wasn't all great i agree that the old guy who runs it was definitely a fun character.
love this place, and they have great fresh mozzarella. my only complaint is that the prepackaged cheese i get there always taste flavorless, not sure why.
whoops, that's my fault. not sure why i wrote down "crudo" in my notes.
@KateN - i hope it's not a faux pas, because i always eat that too. i assume it's there to be eaten.
@salsasis14 - i don't know if it's gluten free or not, sorry.
@ruiniste - wish i'd known, that sounds great.
@DaisyNYC you're absolutely right, corrected!
@fatjerk - i went with my meat-eating friends, and was pleasantly surprised.
@Kelly - thanks for the recommendations -- i'll have to check out blue smoke.
@KateN - glad to hear i'm not the only one who got the bum cornbread.
fyi - the link on #6 is broken (not to be self-serving)
@gargupie - i agree, home-style is the way to go.
@LamRy - it was my 1st trip to astoria; i had a great time.
@Astorian - i noticed the tables outside, but it was just a bit too cold. another time.
@killatofu - yeah, sorry about that.
@Lauren Rothman - it's one of my neighborhood faves too.
@gargupie - seriously, have you been to every single restaurant in nyc?
@fascfoo - yeah, the prices are way too high for the portions.
@charm city - don't confuse "simple" with "boring".
awww, thanks guys.
well said, i feel exactly the same way.