What You'll Get
Sandwiches are like birdhouses—on paper, they're easy to make, and they cause much confusion when hurled at the water commissioner in a public forum. Today's Groupon houses sandwiches in their natural habitat, your stomach. For $7, you get $15 toward food and drink Mantao Chinese Sandwiches, the upscale eatery located in Midtown. Mantao is open weekdays for lunch and dinner.
Mantao Chinese Sandwiches gets its moniker and its modus sandwichi from mantao, a traditional Chinese steamed bread common in the country's northern regions. This chic-casual eatery updates the favorite by stippling mantao buns with sesame seeds and then toasting them over flames specially imported from the face of the sun. The menu includes a fried-egg sandwich with Chinese sausage ($3.50), a spicy pork sandwich ($3.95), and a black-pepper chicken sandwich ($4.50); tofu and mushroom sandwiches are also available. The sandwiches run a bit on the smaller side, so diners may want to order Mantao's combo box ($9.95), which comes with any two sandwiches, a side of Chinese slaw, and shrimp chips, the beloved ballpark snack.
Although Mantao's griddled grinders are the main attraction, the eatery also offers pastry-esque mantao pancake rolls ($5.95) stuffed with shredded beef or curry chicken, or cold sesame noodles ($7.50) adorned with chicken, roast pork, or sweet-and-spicy tofu. Soft, fluffy Mantao buns ($1.95) can also be ordered as a side for those seeking a new beanbag chair for their pet gerbil's hip new apartment.
This Groupon is not valid toward delivery.
- This week's opening of Mantao Chinese Sandwiches (formerly known as Province Canteen) in Midtown East fulfilled my latent desire for sandwiches made with mantao, the soft, fluffy Chinese steamed bun with a hint of sweetness. – Robyn Lee, Serious Eats: New York
- I chose to try the homemade Pan-Fried Pork & Shrimp Dumplings. Sweet mother of God! Perfect-in-every-way and ridiculously unkosher, these morsels were dynamite!! – The Lunch Belle
- Mantao is a steamed, sweetish, fluffy bread from Northern China, and the restaurant makes their substantial, sesame-seeded version in-house...Here, that basic combination is called the original pork bun. It's a good addition to the genre, although the pork belly's balance of fat to lean skews too rich for some tastes, and you might miss the hoisin. Braised short rib and cabbage kimchi make excellent partners, the short ribs seasoned bulgogi-style with soy sauce, garlic, and a tiny bit of sugar. But best of all is the spicy mackerel, the deliciously fishy fish in a dry, slightly spicy marinade, along with pickled onions. – Sarah DiGregorio, Village Voice
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 15, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person, 1 per visit. Walk-in service only. Not valid with other offers. No cash back or credit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.