Anyone tried Mantao Chinese Sandwiches?
Noticed new sandwich place by my work on 53rd St. and 3rd Ave. called Mantao. Didn't have time to try it, but looked good. Anyone checked it out yet? Whats the word?
235 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022
I ate there this afternoon, it having been recommended by a friend who told me that the food was good but that the service was disorganized. I am happy to report that the food was good and the service was not disorganized.
I had the pork bun, the short rib-kimchi, and veg dumplings. The pork bun was tasty; I've had more tender pork for sure but I'd eat this again. Good flavor and the bread is just right.
The short rib and kimchi was also tasty, but was too sweet for my taste. Also as compared with other "short rib" sandwiches (e.g., Momofuku Ssam's--which is the best sandwich ever in the history of sandwiches, in case you were curious), the meat was a bit tough. I think that a better name for this would be the bulgogi sandwich, since that's exactly what it tasted like to me.
I also give high marks to the dumplings as dumplings go. They were lightly fried (not oily) and the veggie filling had a lot of flavor.
Since it's two blocks from my office, I'll likely return. I wouldn't make a special trip for it, though.