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Lao Ma Spicy interior with tiled floors, booth seating, and bird cage light fixtures

Lao Ma Spicy

Chinese

NOHO

$$$$Perfect For:Big GroupsCasual Weeknight DinnerDining Solo

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Lao Ma Spicy is a Chinese restaurant on 8th Street near NYU that specializes in dry pot dishes, and is spacious enough that you’ll easy find a table. They have a few other locations in Flushing, but this is the first one in Manhattan. The only options are dry pot (soup or noodles) and dumplings, and depending on how much you hate making decisions, you can order a seafood, vegetable, and meat combo directly from the menu, or customize your own soup or noodle dish at a counter. The DIY area is set up a little like a Chipotle, only with lobster tails, tripe, and a soul.

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