Mantao - Closed

235 E. 53rd St.
New York, NY 10022


  • Mon-Fri 11:30am-9:30pm
  • $
  • Delivery, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch, Snack Food
  • No Alcohol
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
The narrow storefront with only a few seats specializes in northern Chinese mantao--steamed flops of white dough dotted with sesame seeds. These are pressed into service to make small sandwiches, and two make a meal. Many have northern Chinese culinary themes that might be mistaken for Korean, including our favorite, which features beef bulgogi and kimchee. For vegetarians, there are spicy tofu and mixed mushroom versions; other varieties involve braised pork, spicy mackerel, and black pepper chicken. There"s even a angus beef burger with spicy sambal sauce, channeling Fatty Crab. Note: these small sandwiches are identical to the "ssams" at Momofuku.
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