Han Dynasty

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The original downtown branch of this popular Philly import serves some of the finest dan dan (and also cold-sesame) noodles in town.

90 Third Ave., New York, NY, 10003

212-390-8685

http://handynasty.net/

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Lunchtime is our preferred hour to visit this popular Third Avenue restaurant where, instead of the usual confused cavalcade of pork, chicken, and seafood categories, the entrées are divided into broadly regional styles. You can have your lamb served in a hot pot bubbling with black mushrooms and Sichuan peppercorns, or bombed with scallions, or rolled, like they do in China’s Muslim regions, in clouds of cumin. If you get just one pork entrée, make it the double-cooked pork belly, which the cooks toss with chunks of fresh leeks, among other greenery, and don’t leave without a taste of those old Sichuan specials, mapo tofu, dan dan noodles, and dumplings, and a forkful or two of the tangy, garlic-infused sesame noodles. The $25-per-person tasting menu is one of the better, more economical tasting options in the city.

Adam Platt

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