Mr. Wang Qiang (王強) has now opened He Nan Flavor at 68B Forsyth Street, across the street from the Sara Roosevelt Park. This site was once home to one of the former “Best Fuzhou” Restaurants and a Fujianese fast food spot. The He Nan menu (in English) is the same as his Flushing outpost except here they do serve rice.
The interior (with 20-22 covers) is an improvement on the previous tenants in the rectangular shaped room. He Nan Flavor serves up about 20 famous Henan snacks, appetizers and dishes that might be found in the night markets of Henan’s capital Zhengzhou, Mr. Wang’s hometown.
On the north-facing wall is a large full color menu board. Some of the items listed have different English language usage than what is in their printed menu. For example, all of the noodles are hand-made, but on the menu board they are listed as Lo Mein dishes.
I sampled the Pancake with Pork ($2.00) and a small bowl of Black Bean Sauce Lo Mein. Here a small slab of minced pork and cilantro is spread on the interior of a sliced pancake and then placed in a Panini press, giving the exterior a crunchy texture.
Black Bean Sauce Lo Mein ($4.00) is the Henan version of Zha Jiang Mian（炸酱面). Wide wheat noodles are topped with the ground pork and soya bean paste mixture, shredded cucumbers, baby bok choy and cilantro. Served with a bowl of broth.
There are about a dozen handmade noodle dishes on the menu, Big Pan Chicken (named Spicy Big Tray of Chicken here) and a couple of Lamb Dishes. They also offer "soup dumplings" (eight for $7.00) but if they are like the Flushing ones, they are not the Shanghainese style XLB.
He Nan Flavor is distributing small cards (in Chinese) to all patrons that offer a 10% discount on future dine-in orders over $10 and $15 take-out orders. The offer is valid for one month and they write the date of your visit on the card.
For more on Henan and the flagship restaurant:
He Nan Flavor
68B Forsyth Street (between Hester and Grand)
New York, NY 10002
Open everyday from 10 am to 11 pm.
He Nan Flavor
68 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002
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