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Hunan Bistro

96 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.732351 -73.988138
nr. 12th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-388-9855 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price Range: $$

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Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-11pm; Sun, noon-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Third Ave.; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.



Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Family Style
  • Online Ordering


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary



What would an annual cheap-eats list be without an excellent new Sichuan—wait, let’s make that the even hotter Hunan, Sichuan’s southern neighbor—joint to scorch your lips and set your tongue on fire? Hunan Bistro, which opened a few doors down from the equally blazing Han Dynasty, fulfills the requirement. Start your meal off on the right piquant note with a pile of Hunan pickled cabbage, which looks innocent enough but will cause jets of steam to shoot out your nostrils like an angry cartoon bull. Fan the flames with sautéed preserved pork with dried turnips. Move on to the main event, a steamed whole tilapia thoroughly covered in chopped scallions and red chiles. Then lower the thermostat with dessert­—a sticky rice ball with sweet rice wine for two.

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