43 W. 65th St., nr. Columbus Ave.; 212-595-8895 and 155 E. 55th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-371-8844
Owner Michael Tong celebrates from February 17 to 25 with a special $69.95 six-course menu that includes Hunan bouillabaisse and “Amazing Braised Pork Ribs.”
100 Allen St., nr. Delancey St.; 212-941-1818
Try the house-special chicken showered with fried garlic, the “flounder in two tastes,” and giant sautéed crab with ginger and scallion. If you’ve brought your posse, commandeer an upper-deck table with a lazy Susan and chair backs carved into eagle heads.
39-07 Prince St., nr. 39th Ave., Flushing; 718-359-1601
The name says it all at this authentic Sichuan restaurant. From the first bite of “cold jelly Chengdu style,” gelatinous noodles infused with pungent heat, to classics like twice-cooked pork and “homestyle” bean curd, the complex layers of powerful flavors are a revelation.