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Mapo Tofu

338 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016 40.749829 -73.977538
nr. 39th St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-867-8118 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

mapotofunyc.com

Hours

Daily, 11:30am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.

Prices

$11-$20

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery

Profile

The main thing this less-than-impressive Sichuan restaurant has going for it is geography: it fills a need in an area largely devoid of Chinese food. Yet while the lunchtime General Tso’s chicken might please the office crowds, connoisseurs of mouth-searing Sichuan cuisine will find themselves largely disappointed. Even the namesake mapo tofu fall short – medium-firm, rather than silken, bean curd is coated in a not-spicy-enough sauce, with stinting assistance from tongue-tingling Sichuan peppercorn. A seafood chowder proves unforgivably bland, even after a dollop of specially requested chili oil, and beef with napa cabbage in hot oil uses a low-grade cut of meat. A deliciously chewy plate of cool conch slices slicked with orange fiery oil fails to redeem the rest of the meal; this had to be specially requested and turned out to be on the menu under its Chinese name. That may be a lesson to order the things here you’re less familiar with and possibly be rewarded. Or you could just head a few avenues over: Szechuan Gourmet, easily Manhattan’s best representation of this cuisine, is on 39th Street less than half a mile away.

Recommended Dishes

Conch in chile oil, $13.05

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