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cheap dinner in C-town with a spicy kick

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I'm taking 3 out-of town friends to Chinatown for dinner tonight. Since they are all students on a budget(well, I think they are really frugal) and are craving something spicy, I'm wondering where would be a good sit-down place to take them to...

We would like to stay away from the usual Cantonese fare and are leaning towards a Szechuan or Shanghainese place. I don't think there're any good Szechuan options in C-town. On the other hand, I've been to Yeah Shanghai Deluxe on Bayard a while back and remember that they have both Shanghainese and Szechuan dishes on their menu, is this place still good? Any other place I should consider?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I agree that if you want szechuan, you'd do better staying in midtown and hitting Szechuan Gourmet (although even they keep declining my requests to keep the ma po tofu spicy). I'm not very well versed on other spicy options in chinatown, sadly.

    1. Too late for your dinner, but there's Famous Sichuan on Pell. Haven't heard very much on Chowhound, but there's been talk elsewhere ... http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/1...

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      Famous Sichuan
      10 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: squid kun

        I've only had their ma po tofu and hot and sour soup and neither was very impressive. I've heard (on this board) that this is about the best szechuan in chinatown, but I really wasn't impressed.