This palace of Sichuan peppercorns turns out some of the spiciest food in the city-but you've got to demand it. The hottest dish is "rabbit stew meat," which deploys spectacular quantities of dried red chiles and peppercorns that don't burn your mouth so much as anesthetize it. Pick three dishes from the family-style menu for a bargain, but also make sure to examine the carryout menu, available by the entranceway and featuring a much longer list of chef's specials. Chanubei cold noodles and ma po bean curd are two don't-miss selections.
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