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Hot Kitchen

104 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003 | East Village | 212-228-3090

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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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  • Cuisine(s): Asian, Chinese
  • Hours: 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)
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Parking: Street
  • Payment Types: MasterCard, Visa, American Express

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