Hot Kitchen

104 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003


  • 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Mon – Thurs), 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. (Fri – Sat), 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Sun)
  • $$
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking
You’re bound to get Spicy Face (flushed cheeks, tingling mouth, sweaty temples) after dining at this Sichuan restaurant in the East Village. For the best action, order the Chengdu-style hot pot. Reserve ahead, because only a few tables accommodate this do-it-yourself dining experience. If sticking to the regular menu, heed the suggested specials, marked with a pink dot, or opt for any of the "spicy and aromatic dishes," which are amped up with chiles and peppercorns. Top picks include the hot-and-sour sweet-potato noodles, spicy Sichuan dumplings, any of the dishes “in spicy broth,” and the dry-fried mei shan beef. But do take a pass on the American-Chinese entrées (General Tso's chicken, etc.).

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