Dan-Dan Noodle from Legend (88 Seventh Avenue, 212-929-1778)
Rarely do noodle dishes transcend greasy starchiness. The dan-dan noodles at Legend — a Sichuan-saturated staple in Chelsea’s culinary landscape — fit this exact bill, however.
A seamless balance of oiliness and spiciness characterizes this sizable $5.50 pick. Chunks of rich marinated pork abound, giving a sort of ma po tofu-meets-rice noodle vibe.