Changes on Amsterdam in the 70s -- Burmese out, Mex in
- Alan Divack
Mingala West on Amsterdam near 75th is closed. It did not received much press on these boards, but I liked it a lot. Some wonderful funky stuff, esp. the salads (ginger, green tea leaf), rice balls, and noodle dishes. Great fried whole fish as well, which I though put most versions in Thai restaurants to shame. I will really miss this place. Has anyone been to any other Mingalas around town??
One block down, a new mexican restaurant is coming in , and it looks something like a Gabrielas clone, or maybe I am just getting my hopes up. There are the mexican paper cutouts on the ceiling, and the counter space looked well suited for antojitos, toritllas, and roasting chickens. Keep your eyes open!
This is my strangest chowhound board moment. I thought I posted a note about the closing of Mitali West last night, but I must have forgotten to click the second time. (Come to think of it, I think I forgot to do so just now, too, for another note). Then I see a note about Mitali, thought you were replying to mine, and then see that we posted essentially the same note.
I agree 100%. I mentioned the salads and noodle dishes (I was particularly addicted to the ginger salad, Rangoon Night Market Noodles, green tea leaf noodles, and 1000 layer pancakes, in particular.
I'm guilty of not visiting Mitali enough, I guess (maybe 4 times a year), so I have no reason to wail about my misfortune, but I'll surely miss it.
When I passed by, I didn't notice the Mexican decorations, so I guess they are moving fast.