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).
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.
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.