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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Zaragoza is an excellent place for a quick Taco Fix in the East Village. Although eating in is an option, this should only be thought of as a Serious Take-Out Operation.
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Fish Market is a rowdy neighborhood bar in the South Street Seaport that has excellent Chinese and Malaysian food and a cult-like following.
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The Lower East Side location of Mission Chinese used to be a party. Now it feels like one that ended a while ago.
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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.
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