Let's talk dan-dan noodles
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?
Wu Liang Ye on 48th St.
Grand Sichuan on 2nd Ave near 55th St
Wu Liang Ye
36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
1395 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021
The best I've had recently were at the Old Sichuan that took over the old New Yeah Shanghai space on Bayard.
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
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