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Lao Cheng Du

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37-17 Prince St., Queens, NY 11354 40.760721 -73.832909
nr. 37th Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-886-5595 Send to Phone

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Hours

Daily, 11am-11:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at Flushing-Main St.

Prices

$6.50-$15

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What would an annual cheap-eats list be without a great new Flushing Sichuan joint to paralyze your lips and tongue and cause steam to blast out your ears? Happily, Lao Cheng Du, which opened recently down the block from the venerable Spicy & Tasty on Prince Street, a.k.a. the hot zone, is up to the task. All our old fiery friends are here, and they’re about as good as you could wish for: cold noodles in red chile sauce to start the meal off on the right piquant note, cucumbers in vinegar to cool things down, a spot-on double-cooked pork, some Chengdu spicy chicken to fan the flames, and our favorite, a bowl of spicy green peppers in a zingy sauce. Charred and kind of shriveled, these capsicums look innocent enough, but one bite and you realize that what you have on the table before you is pure dynamite.

Recommended Dishes

Cold noodles with red-chile sauce, $5; whole green hot peppers, $8; double-cooked pork with garlic shoots, $10.

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