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When I first went to Szechuan Gourmet on 39th St, I absolutely loved their dan-dan noodles. Recently, though, I've found them really uneven - a few months ago they had so much Szechuan peppercorn in them that my lips were tingling long after we left the restaurant; a few days ago they were barely spicy at all, and with not even a hint of peppercorns (the spicy cucumber salad, however, was fantastic). I'm about ready to give up on them there. So where else in Manhattan can I go to get my dan-dan noodle fix?

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  1. Lan Sheng
    Szechuan Gourmet
    Szechuan Chalet
    Wu Liang Ye on 48th St.
    Grand Sichuan on 2nd Ave near 55th St
    Wa Jeal

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    Wu Liang Ye
    36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

    Szechuan Gourmet
    21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    Wa Jeal
    1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

    Lan Sheng
    60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    Szechuan Chalet
    1395 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

    1. Dan dan mian
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/560411

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      1. re: kathryn

        That's a (relavitely) old thread, so it doesn't include some of the excellent newcomers on the scene.

      2. The best I've had recently were at the Old Sichuan that took over the old New Yeah Shanghai space on Bayard.

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        Old Sichuan
        65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

        1. I really like the Dan Dan noodles at Wu Liang Ye by Rock Center

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          1. re: fooodie

            I'm another lover of Wu Liang Ye near Rock Center. I opened this post just to recommend WLY and was glad to see several agree. I actually crave these and go often. Great taste and love the firmness of the noodles.

            I've also tasted dan-dan noodles at the following restaurants but none come close to those served at WLY:

            Lan Sheng - W39
            SG - W56 and W39
            Grand Sichuan - Lexington and also 9th Ave
            Wa Jeal - UES

          2. Thanks for the ideas! I'll try a few and report back. It's just so disappointing when an old favorite stops living up.

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            1. re: Emmmily

              Yeah, I think I've totally given up S. Gourmet for Lan Sheng across the street. Somehow the spirit seamed to leave SGs food.

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              Lan Sheng
              60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

            2. Walk west down the block, cross the street to the south side, and try them at Lan Sheng. I also like Wu Liang Ye's.

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              Wu Liang Ye
              36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

              Lan Sheng
              60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

              1. Szechuan Gourmet, a while back, was handing out gan dan niu ro mein and passing it off as dan-dan mein. Non-Chinese people tend to prefer the supple, slippery sauce -- but it misled folks about the two very different noodle dishes.

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                Szechuan Gourmet
                21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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                1. re: shaogo

                  What are gan dan niu ro mein? I tried googling and this thread was the only hit.

                2. i've always thought SG's dan dan noodles were a little weak even though I like SG generally as a restaurant.

                  I generally like the version at grand sichuan on st marks.