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Sep 14, 2013 07:24 PM

Han Dynasty in E.V. again, but has anyone eaten there?

Has anyone actually eaten at Han Dynasty yet? I'm meeting a large group for lunch tomorrow and wondering about recommendations. Thanks.

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    1. I went for lunch tody with 14 cousins, 3 kids. Food was good, not great. It was an excellent choice for a large group during what would normally be the brunch rush, though. We opted for their $20 "tasting menu", which in the end was a bargain. It was impossible to know what each dish was called with a table that large, so forgive the sketchy details. In the blur I do remember that I liked the cucumbers, wontons in chili oil, and the fried fish. I also admit to liking the scallion pancake and Taiwanese sausage. The tofu, cumin lamb, and three cup chicken were less exciting.
      I did notice that the Asian customers were getting different dishes. I'm guessing they weren't serving us food for the most adventuresome palate, which is understandable considering a lot of my family was sensitive to heat. We also had to ask for rice (!).
      Since I live 5 minutes away this was a promising start - I will definitely go back and hit the hot stuff, and consider it a solid local choice as opposed to Sichuan nirvana.

        1. I have read several reviews of this place and though I see people really wanting to like it, the most they could muster is a good but not great.

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          1. re: Daniel76

            As l spend a lot of time in Philadelphia, l have been to thee of the branches of Han Dynasty there. l completely agree with your opinion of the places. Spot On.

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              I literally said "good but not great" too. They're very public about this being their soft opening, but I won't get my hopes up too high. In the meantime Grand Sichuan has become uneven, and I've had a meal or two at Hot Kitchen that was less than stellar, so I can't complain too much about a "good" Sichuan place opening one block from my home. Funny thing, if this place had opened in the East Village a few years ago we'd all be thrilled, now we can be blasé about yet one more Sichuan place in the neighborhood.

              1. re: hungrycomposer

                > Grand Sichuan has become uneven

                It always seemed a bit uneven to me. What changed?

                1. re: kathryn

                  I've had more questionable meals at Grand Sichuan in the past couple of years, and fewer good ones. I don't know if it's just who's in the kitchen, but their batting average has definitely slipped. And I miss the Sonny the head waiter (not that I'd judge the food by that).

                  1. re: hungrycomposer

                    And to be honest it was such a thrill when a decent Sichuan restaurant opened in the neighborhood - I may have also become a little jaded in recent years.

                2. re: hungrycomposer

                  Have you tried The Red Pepper, the new Sichuan place on 6th between 1st and 2nd? Looks like it might be promising...