There are a lot of new Chinese noodle spots opening in the East Village, and so far, Hunan Slurp is our favorite. Its narrow, wood-lined space looks like a subway tunnel redesigned by a Cirque du Soleil set director, with multi-colored orbs and unusual light fixtures hanging from the ceiling, and there’s a fairly large kitchen visible through big windows in the dining room. We like all the food coming out of that kitchen, including the rice noodles, which come in bowls of broth topped with things like thin-sliced beef or oyster mushrooms - but our favorite dish is the stir-fried chicken. It’s sweet and spicy, and served with some intensely flavored mushrooms. You could come solo and eat at one of the communal tables, but we recommend bringing a date or small group and sharing a bunch of different things.
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Alphabet City Beer Co.
Alphabet City Beer Co. looks like a general store you’d find upstate, but it’s actually an East Village bar with armchairs and lots of craft beer.
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Szechuan Mountain House 川山甲
Szechuan Mountain House is a casual Szechuan spot in Flushing that makes some of our mapo tofu in the city.
Peng’s Noodle Folk
At Peng’s, you can get a variety of noodle and rice dishes. It’s some of the best casual food on the Upper East Side, especially if you like ramen.
Kai Feng Fu Dumpling House
Kai Feng Fu Dumpling House is a cash-only spot in Sunset Park with minimal seating and excellent fried dumplings that cost $1.50 per order.
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Ho Foods is a 10-seat restaurant in the East Village that specializes in Taiwanese beef noodle soup.
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