Our family made its third visit to Metro Café in Sunset Park last night (8th Avenue and 61st, I think).
Certainly it's the best Szechuan we’ve had in Brooklyn, but even more, I think it ranks with Grand Sichuan and even Spicy & Tasty.
The place is unassuming, brightly lit, and small (with the Food Channel on a widescreen TV – clever subliminal encouragement to over-order). Standouts include chong qing chicken – on the menu here as Dried Sauteed Chicken with Three Peppers, tremendous. The mesmerizing waves of spice are perfectly done, without the sour aftertaste this dish sometimes gives. Also we’ve had several orders of homemade Shanghai noodles, nicely done sautéed string beans and Chinese broccoli, and chopped pork with corn, a very soothing stew. Last night we tried Kung Pao shrimp, which was subtle and very spicy (and better than the same dish with chicken).
The owners and staff are very nice, too.