The neighborhood of Murray Hill in New York City gets a bad rep. Yes, it might be the closest neighborhood to the Midwest as it gets here in NYC, and yes the bars are full of younger, vanilla-type bankers and sorority alumni, but for now, it’s what I call home. So you can imagine my delight when I heard that the most impressive food award in the world, The Michelin Guide, is recognizing one of my neighborhood eateries.
HanGawi, a Korean vegetarian restaurant, has been added to the 2011 Bib Gourmand guide of New York City.
HanGawi doesn’t strive to be Michelin Star rated, but it does thrive on serving healthy food with the correct balance of mind and body. With a traditional, quite feel to the space, you forget where you are (not just escaping the noise of Murray Hill, but also exiting the bustle of New York City itself).
The 91 restaurants included in the Bib Gourmand are restaurants that would usually not deserve an actual Michelin Star, but are being acknowledged for their quality food at reasonable prices. (To be more specific, restaurants where you can expect to get two courses and one glass of wine or a dessert for $40 or less.)
Restaurant-by-restaurant we can change the paradigm and reputation that Murray Hill has created for itself. Let’s quit opening gyms and dorm-like apartments and let’s focus on the details and shed some light on this quaint neighborhood.
Other restaurants included in the 2011 Bib Gourmand list in the area are; al Bustan, Asia de Cuba, El Parador, Map Tofu, OBAO, Phoenix Garden, Seo, Sip Sak, and Zarela.