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MáLà Project

122 First Ave., New York, NY 10009 40.727104 -73.985363
nr. E. 7th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-353-8880 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Sun-Wed, noon-4pm and 5pm-11pm; Thu-Sat, noon-4pm and 5pm-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.; L at First Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Family Style
  • Delivery after 10pm
  • Online Reservation


  • Beer and Wine Only




Fiery, peppercorn-flecked dishes are the game at MáLà Project, a cheerful, brightly lit Sichuan restaurant in the East Village. A scattering of sprightly potted plants and bare hanging bulbs enliven the otherwise cavernous, brick-walled interior; friendly service and whimsical flute music set a welcome, calming tone. The menu’s main attraction is dry pot, a variation on Sichuan-style hot pot, with a selection of more than 60 ingredients and four spice intensities. Pair fish fillet, sliced lotus root, bok choy, and bits of wood ear to experience a delightful range of textures, or go for a succulent combination of beef tenderloin, taro root, Chinese cabbage, and boiled quail eggs. Save a cold appetizer, like flaky scallion pancakes or seaweed salad doused in sesame sauce, to offset the sui generis sensations of tongue-tingling and mouth-numbing inspired by Sichuan spices.

Recommended Dishes

Fish fillet, lotus root, wood ear, and bok choy, $14; sesame salad with chili sesame paste, $8; gold and silver manto, $6