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Mar 17, 2008 11:45 AM

Authentic Szechuan/Hunan recs?

Looking for recommendations on authentic Szechuan and Hunan spots in Manhattan - the spicier the better. Any favorites?

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  1. Szechuan Gourmet. The spiciest I've found in Manhattan. Get anything with 3-4 chili peppers next to them on the menu, like the mapo tofu, braised [insert meat here] with napa and chili, dumplings in chili-soy, or cumin lamb. Great. I live right next to a Grand Sichuan and prefer SG's food.

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    1. re: kathryn

      agreed on SG (go look up posts, i've posted a big post on it before)...i think that is the best in the city

      wu liang ye (48th st) and grand sichuan (st marks) are worth trying as well

      the best is in flushing if you dont mind going out there

      1. re: Lau

        i went to wu liang ye for the first time on sunday. i was simply blown away. try the dan dan noodles. i plan to post a review when i have some time. i've been to grand sichuan on 2nd during the summer. also, very good. it appears these are the top two outside of chinatown.

        1. re: nativeNYer

          if you liked wu liang ye, you should definitely try SG...i think its better

          1. re: Lau

            I agree -- WLY is great but SG is better. I often badmouth the Chinese in NYC, but I do find myself missing the simple pleasure of having SG's fiery mapo tofu delivered to my door.

    2. Do they serve good fish head at either? Carp or fresh water fish preferably? I travel to China quite alot and am looking for a good fish head place. Hunan being my favorite for fish head.

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      1. re: 2slices

        havent specifically looked for it, but check the GS on st marks b/c they have an entire section of hunan food, the waiter told me one of the chefs was from hunan and thats why they added it

      2. My neighborhood standby is Wu Liang Ye on 48th St (try the cold conch and crab dishes.. yum) and Ollie's is surprisingly authentic despite its chain-status.