Mingala West on Amsterdam near 75th is closed. It did not received much press on these boards, but I liked it a lot. Some wonderful funky stuff, esp. the salads (ginger, green tea leaf), rice balls, and noodle dishes. Great fried whole fish as well, which I though put most versions in Thai restaurants to shame. I will really miss this place. Has anyone been to any other Mingalas around town??
One block down, a new mexican restaurant is coming in , and it looks something like a Gabrielas clone, or maybe I am just getting my hopes up. There are the mexican paper cutouts on the ceiling, and the counter space looked well suited for antojitos, toritllas, and roasting chickens. Keep your eyes open!