When your group doesn’t feel like hanging at Penny Farthing for two hours until a table opens up at Han Dynasty, head to Hunan Bistro instead. The bright, casual Chinese spot serves dishes like dan dan noodles and dumplings in chili oil, along with some less familiar options like stir-fried frog and preserved duck. You’ll rarely have trouble getting a table, the portions are pretty large, and almost everything on the menu is under $20.
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An excellent Israeli fusion restaurant in the East Village. No, you can’t order hummus and falafel. Yes, you’ll still love it.
We can’t tell you who the chef at The Eddy is, but we can tell you that you’ll like this place. And maybe that’s all that matters.
There is definitely a scene at Narcissa, but it’s subdued and humble because the staff is nice and people are actually eating the food.
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Xi’an Famous Foods
On one hand, Xi’an’s presence in Midtown is great because this area desperately needs more cheap and delicious things to eat for lunch. On the other hand, no one at your office wants to be around for the aftermath of those spicy cumin lamb noodles you ordered.
Kings County Imperial
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Hao Noodle & Tea
A Chinese restaurant in the West Village with awesome food but frequently very confused service.
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A Philadelphia import with a big following has now arrived in the East Village. Overlook the dumpy interior and shoddy service and put your face into a bowl of Dan Dan Noodles.
The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
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