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Here’s the correct way to do Han Dynasty: grab bar seats, order the wontons in chili oil and the dan dan noodles, drink a beer, pay about $20, and leave before that group of six NYU students even gets their name called for a table. This is still one of our favorite Sichuan spots in the city and one of the best affordable dining options in the East Village.
Han Dynasty serves some very good Szechuan food, and it’s perfect for just about any non-fancy scenario. It also gets very busy, but it’s walk-in only, and food comes out quickly, so you probably won’t find yourself standing in the doorway for an hour while you stare at a group in the corner that just won’t get up. Stop by any weeknight, or come with a group on a Friday night and share some chicken, green beans, wontons, and several orders of dan dan noodles.
Honestly, we could have put any number of Chinese restaurants on this list, but Han Dynasty is consistent and there are two locations. We also like their food. So go get some dan dan noodles and chicken. Our advice? Order everything at the maximum spice level. That way, you won’t be able to think about the week you just had. You’ll just think about how your mouth hurts and how you shouldn’t follow our advice when it seems like we might be kidding.
For a casual group dinner or a quick meal with a friend, Han Dynasty will never be a bad choice. Unless you don’t like spicy food - but even then you can ask them go easy. This is a Schezuan mini-chain with a few locations around NYC and Philadelphia, and we’re partial to the one in the East Village. It’s perfect for when you’re seeing a movie at one of the theaters in the area and you want to get a great, affordable dinner beforehand.
Han Dynasty makes some of our favorite Chinese food in the city, and it happens to also deliver quite well. Plan to order Dan Dan Noodles, Wontons in Chili Oil, and Dry Pepper Chicken. Plan for your tongue to be a little numb from the spice - it’ll pass by the time you’re done with Game Of Thrones or Westworld or Homeland or whatever it is people watch on Sunday nights these days.
It’s hard to overstate how much we like Han Dynasty for any kind of casual meal. Sometimes we just sit at home, stare at the food we’ve made for ourselves, and wish it was Han Dynasty instead. So stop by this Szechuan spot the next time you need something quick and relatively affordable with a friend or by yourself. Whatever else you get, dan dan noodles must be on your table.
When you sit down for dinner at Han Dynasty, your server will assume you want the dan dan noodles. And that’s because you will. For roughly eight dollars, you can get a bowl of warm, chewy, spicy noodles that you’ll immediately form a codependent relationship with. But that’s only one thing on the menu at this Sichuan mini-chain from Philadelphia. Be sure to get some dry-pepper chicken or the string beans with pork. There are two locations in NYC: one on the Upper West Side and another in the East Village.
If we were somehow cursed to eat at Han Dynasty every night for the rest of our lives, we wouldn’t be upset. That’s how much we like the dan dan noodles, wontons, and string beans with minced pork at this casual Szechuan spot. The food is consistently excellent, and this place works for any scenario from a group dinner with your roommates to a meal with parents who like to hang out around Union Square.