By Dane Feldman
Photo by Dane Feldman.
Deep in the heart of Koreatown in Manhattan hides a true gem and a soon-to-be New York staple. That gem? A modest food court by the name of Food Gallery 32 located on 32nd Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue.
Food Gallery 32 is a food court, so there are several different styles inside. Bibimbap and other Korean favorites are on offer as well as sushi, ramen, pork buns, Taiwanese-style fried chicken, and even spaghetti infused with Asian flavors.
For me, stepping inside was completely overwhelming. Finally, I settled on getting on line at Noodle 32 and I ordered ramen noodles in spicy soup with chicken and vegetables.
I am embarrassed to admit that I haven’t tried too many ramen shops (yet), but I can still say without a doubt that this dish was incredible. The broth isn’t rich, but is as packed with a dry heat as it possibly can be. The chicken is moist and abundant, the vegetables are fresh, and the noodles are cooked to perfection. With all the options at Food Gallery 32, I would definitely still order this again. For $10, this dish feeds two and then some. Seriously, I shared this with my mother and we still couldn’t eat it all.
During another trip to Food Gallery 32, I stopped at Bunn and tried a pork bun. The spicy pork bun is delicious and definitely one of the best I’ve had, but Bunn offers several varieties if pork isn’t your forte.
Food Gallery 32, as I’ve mentioned, is a food court so I was completely surprised to find that alcohol is on offer. In addition to a variety of soft drinks (both foreign and domestic), tea, and water, Food Gallery 32 also offers beer.
Normally I wouldn’t go for a beer at lunch, but a Tsingtao seemed like the perfect pairing option with my spicy ramen noodles. Of course, I could have found myself some plain white rice or milk, but beer works too in fighting off the spice.
Again, this place is a food court. There is nothing glamorous about it. It’s warm inside when it gets busy and it’s all about function over style, but Food Gallery 32 is pristine.
This spot the perfect place for a quick lunch or a quick snack and with so much to try in such a small space, it’s worth returning again and again.