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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99 Favor Taste
99 Favor Taste is a hot pot/Korean barbecue chain, and this location on St. Mark’s is open late every night. Stop by for a fun group dinner.
A fun, reasonable little spot for sake and small plates Japanese. So what if it's not the best restaurant in town?
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Milu is a fast-casual restaurant in Gramercy, but the Chinese food here is much better than what’s normally served at bowl-and-grain-plate spots.
Szechuan House is a Szechuan restaurant in Flushing that’s been around since the 1980s.
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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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