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WaWa Canteen on mercer? anyone been yet?

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GregoryH Jan 16, 2005 07:22 PM

Relatively new place i guess, opened up on mercer and waverly. NY Mag gave it a good write up, has anyone been yet?

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    c212 Jan 16, 2005 10:14 PM

    Been there. My reaction: "eh". Had the kimchee stew, and some green tea (mistakenly gave me regular tea). Not as good, but just as expensive, as Mandoo Bar on University, which I would go to any day over Wawa.

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      Lila Jan 16, 2005 11:28 PM

      Yes. Yuck yuck yuck, don't bother. I got a bibimbop, which was essentially a bowl of rice with some veggies, a few slimy bean sprouts and bagged mesculun (!). No egg! And totally lukewarm. Besides, the atmosphere at Wawa feels like a hipster fast food joint with bad clubby electronic music..

      I miss the old korean place that used to be there. That guy's cooking was great.

      My favorite korean in the neighborhood is now Temple, which is on St. Marks near 1st ave. They have good lunch specials, they're happy to make anything vegetarian, and they're just friendly

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        billh Jan 17, 2005 07:34 AM

        I live a couple of doors down and there is hardly ever a soul in the place. The old restaurant that was there was great, but I don't think Wawa will be around for long.

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          worker_b Jan 17, 2005 11:05 AM

          Yes, I saw the review and had a completely opposite
          reaction to my meal there: it was soggy mesclun mixed with tough strips of greasy beef and some rice.
          The only saving grace was the hot sauce, with which I was able to drown out the flavors!
          That was the bibimbop.

          I'll never go back..and I'm going to be much more skeptical of NY Mag.

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            nypb Jan 17, 2005 10:42 PM

            I tried it and didn't feel the need to report about it here. I tried a chicken curry and it wasn't the best. The chicken tasted nuked or something and the curry was pasty/thick.

            I gave the menu to a colleague, maybe she'll have better luck. I miss the old place as well.

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              zEli173 Jan 18, 2005 01:56 AM

              These folks just don't seem to know what they're doing. They're dissorganized and the food is bad. Basically, I agree with what already been written about the food. It's so frusterating that they serve nasty, warm mixed greens instead of kimchee and other good sides. I miss the old place which served quality fare at good prices. This is a somewhat similar concept but the substance has been replaced with style and prices that are a few bucks more. What a shame.

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