After a long day yesterday my husband and I checked out a Chinese Sichuan food place on Church street. We'be had our eye on it for some time and after a mind numbing day yesterday we were looking for something spicy and hot!!
We loved the food....hot, spicy, fresh, flavorful and satisfying. We would definitely go back several times.
We paid $37 for a hearty meal for two, including a 20% tip. The service is warm, friendly and they are very happy to talk to you about Sichuan, what items on the menu are authentic and which have beem americanised. By the time we left, we had chatted with the chef and the whole staff, about 4 people strong. They are a young, energetic bunch and eager to please. The chef himself is from Sichuan. Maybe some chowhounds could recommend some Sichuan dishes and we could special order them. They are very open to customising orders.
For appetisers we had Xi'an sliced potato with green pepper Mu Shu (with 4 pancakes).
The pancakes are not made in house and had a machine made feel to them. But combined with the spicy filling you didnt mind them too much. The chef came out, wrapped us each a pancake and offered to make another order of the filling if we found this one too spicy. We enjoyed it just the way it was. It really burns your lips(g).
For the main meal we had Hot pepper pork. We really enjoyed this dish. Made with colourful jullienne of green and red bell peppers, whole dry red chillies and some jalapeno, we found the dish very flavorful. Our waitress even pointed out the adjustments they've had to make in the dish because the exact same kind of chilli peppers are not available here. I really appreciated that. The pork was cut thin and long, well cook and a little crispy.
The other main dish was Szechuan string beans.
We love the green beans and order them almost everytime we order chinese. We've usually had them before made in garlic and soy sauce. This one was made with a pickled condiment from Sichuan. Our waitress however couldnt tell us what exactly the pickle was made of...just that it was a vegetable. There were transluscent flakes with the beans...no soy sauce. Not soupy, but crisp and moist. Really really good.
Will definitely go again.
1689 Church street. Almost at the end where church ends into 30th street.