La Vie en Szechuan's exemplary ma po tofu
Midtown now boasts the city's largest concentrations of Sichuan restaurants. Most of these are timid compared to the ones in Flushing, offering little in the way of Sichuan peppercorns or offal, but an agreeable - and often spicy - experience nonetheless. ... More >>
For our own Robert Sietsema, hearing the name Sweet Yummy House "conjured up gingerbread dwellings deep in the woods made by witches." In reality, the Elmhurst restaurant is one of the city's newest Sichuan restaurants, specializing in "delicious peculiarities resulting from fusion with other cuisin ... More >>
Ma po tofu as rendered by Danny Bowien at Mission Chinese
Andrew D. asks: What is ma po tofu and where can I try some?
Dear Andrew D: Ma po tofu is one of the signature dishes of Sichuan cuisine. It used to be that you had to go to a Sichuan restaurant to get it, but now it seems to be appearing ... More >>
Braised whole fish with hot bean sauce at Grand Sichuan House
When Sichuan sailed into town in the '70s, it was spelled Szechuan and the food was a pale evocation of one of China's foremost regional cuisines. If chili oil was used, it was just a drop, and the sole vector of a timid spiciness was ... More >>
ROSAT, the decommissioned German satellite that fell to Earth yesterday, broke up upon entering the atmosphere and probably scattered debris over Southeast Asia. We say, "probably," because no one really knows where the dang thing is. The Washington Post reports ROSAT entered the atmosphere b ... More >>
What happens when a Japanese cook reinterprets a Sichuan standard? Go to Ennju to find out.
Spicy food has lately become more popular in Japan, where not too long ago, chili heat was limited to green shisito peppers or the red flakes in togarashi. But gradually, spiciness has been worming i ... More >>
An investigation has been launched into what caused a mysterious greenish-yellow goo to fall from the skies in Snyder, New York. Turns out, it might be the poo of seagulls who dined on McDonald's fries.
Chengdu province is hoping to capitalize on the popularity of spicy Sichuan ... More >>
A pie awaits the oven at MotorinoToday, for our weekly 10 best list, I came up with a list of my 10 favorite Brooklyn restaurants--not the best, necessarily, but the places that I love and go back to over and over. All of the places I've chosen have great food, but a favorite restaurant might ... More >>
Mario Batali gains a TV show, a 50,000-square-foot food emporium, and a new restaurant in Singapore, and loses 35 pounds by eating less meat and more vegetables.
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Meanwhile, after receiving so many applications form career changers, the team behind Eataly has launched a ... More >>
The $4 fried whiting sandwich from Kim's Aunt Kitchen is a culinary dream come true, and you can't get a better one, even up in Harlem.
Three weeks ago, in something of a bad mood, we reviled The 10 Worst Things to Eat Around Times Square, and they were really, really bad--including a mayo-g ... More >>
Can you guess this man's password?Let's say you're part of a gang of infamous, powerful Chinese hackers with a really cool name, say, "the Shadow Network." You've busted through the fortified security systems of sensitive targets "including foreign ministries, embassies, and even a computer a ... More >>
While I was working on the review of Lan Sheng, a new Sichuan spot on 39th Street, the restaurant become unexpectedly embroiled in a labor dispute, which may or may not actually concern it. Read the whole story in my column this week. But about the food, there is no debate--it's good, and oc ... More >>
Chengdu braised fish ($20)Lan Sheng opened its doors about a month ago, seemingly unafraid to compete with Schezuan Gourmet, which occupies the same block. As reported by Serious Eats, the chef here trained in Chengdu for years, and the sous chef came from another Midtown Sichuan spot, Wu Lia ... More >>
You know the type. The person who refers to the outer boroughs by using phrases like "the wilds of Brooklyn." Your friend who has lived here for a decade but has never crossed the East River. The one who insists you meet for dinner in "the city" rather than, god forbid, get on the L, F or N train ... More >>