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Emmmily Apr 27, 2010 10:57 AM

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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    gutsofsteel Apr 27, 2010 11:01 AM

    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

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      kathryn Apr 27, 2010 11:33 AM

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

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        gutsofsteel Apr 27, 2010 11:49 AM

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

      2. buttertart Apr 27, 2010 11:50 AM

        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

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          fooodie Apr 27, 2010 04:47 PM

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

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            nativeNYer Apr 28, 2010 08:22 PM

            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. Emmmily Apr 28, 2010 11:48 AM

            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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              Mr Porkchop Apr 28, 2010 12:26 PM

              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. Striver Apr 28, 2010 12:03 PM

              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. shaogo Apr 28, 2010 12:41 PM

                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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                  Emmmily Apr 29, 2010 02:20 PM

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

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                  Lau Apr 28, 2010 06:37 PM

                  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.

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