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May 14, 2012 01:40 PM

NYC this weekend Thai or Szechuan in East (or West) 40s - need my spice fix.

Gonna be in town for the premiere of "Old Jews Telling Jokes". Staying on East 45th and my recollection of that area is that it is tough to find good places to eat. I know I'm close to the Oyster Bar at Grand Central but what is there in the area for those who like spicy food - Thai, Szechuan, Hunan, Indian etc? Also, the party after the show is going to be at Ben's Deli on the West Side - is that any good? (i.e. at least better than Carnegie Deli - which is OK but not great).

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  1. There's lots nearby: Szechuan Gourmet, Lan Sheng, Cafe China, the newish Hunan place whose name escapes me, and others.

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      1. re: foodwhisperer

        Hmm - now I'm having trouble deciding between Szechuan Gourment and Hunan Manor - maybe I'll try both.

    1. You are in luck. There are two fairly new places on Lex & 40th. Mapo Tofu and Hunan Manor right across the street. Both excellent!!!

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      1. re: Motosport

        Hunan Manor sounds like it will cover my hunan/szechuan craving - that leaves Indian or Thai and other spicy cuisines to go. I used to go to a pretty good Indian on 58th street(?) Chola - nice - a bit too far of a hike for me.

        1. re: kagemusha49

          Lexington Ave between 34th and 23rd is affectionaltely called "Curry Hill". I don't have any suggestions but you will have lots to choose from.

          1. re: Motosport

            Curry Hill is really only between 26th and 29th Sts.

      2. Szechuan Gourmet for sure, but if you want Indian, Nirvana is close by you and the food is excellent, just tell them you can eat spicy food. In most ways, I find Nirvana superior to Chola and those other 58th street Indian places (Dawat, Yuva, etc.) which set the standard for so many years.

        1. For Szechuan, I definitely recommend Lan Sheng (39th b/w 5th and 6th). Favorite dishes are the Dan Dan Noodles, Crispy Cucumber, Crab Soup Dumplings, Sliced Lamb with Sichuan Pickles, and Braised whole fish with chili sauce.

          I like Tiffin Wallah for southern Indian food (28th b/w Park and Lex). I usually get the Tiffin Wallah Dinner there, but the dosas and chaats are also very good.