- Han Dynasty
90 Third Ave., nr. 12th St.; 212-390-8685
At this East Village outpost of the popular Philly Sichuan chain, the chile oil that goes into this fiercely addictive dish is made from scratch. The noodles are plump and soft (not stringy and gooey), and the heat of the chiles is balanced with soy for sweetness and sesame for mouthfeel. Have one bite, and we guarantee you’ll have another. Finish the entire bowl, and you’ll be lining up outside for your fix with the rest of the dan dan addicts within a week.
Best Dan Dan Noodles
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).