Sure, you and a friend could eat at Spicy Moon, a vegetarian Szechuan spot in the East Village, on a Wednesday night before your mid-week home improvement show marathon. But, it could also be a good starting point for the kind of night where you’ll inevitably leave something in an Uber you shouldn’t have called in the first place. The red darkroom lighting here makes feasting on dan dan noodles and dry pot with tofu feel like an intimate dinner party. And whatever happens afterwards is up to you.
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99 Favor Taste
99 Favor Taste is a hot pot/Korean barbecue chain, and this location on St. Mark’s is open late every night. Stop by for a fun group dinner.
A fun, reasonable little spot for sake and small plates Japanese. So what if it's not the best restaurant in town?
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Milu is a fast-casual restaurant in Gramercy, but the Chinese food here is much better than what’s normally served at bowl-and-grain-plate spots.
Szechuan House is a Szechuan restaurant in Flushing that’s been around since the 1980s.
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This Chinese restaurant on St. Marks in the East Village is home to some of the best soup dumplings in Manhattan.
Hwa Yuan Szechuan
A reboot of a Chinatown spot that closed decades ago, Hwa Yuan serves great Peking duck, sesame noodles, and more in a massive space on East Broadway.
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