This hot pot place is great, 112 Eldridge NYC. The owner is not from Hunan or Sichuan, but does the best in presenting ma la hot pot. This is not Sichuan mala, but a Taiwan mala 台灣的麻辣.
Soups for one (6 and up) or one can go all out with hot pot.
An interesting selection reads 麻辣臭臭鍋 (malachoucguo) in chinese or Crispy Smelly tofu in English.
A medley of items float within this hot soup, and includes kelp, rice cake, tofu (海帶;炸豆腐;年糕), and accompanying all selections is a choice of noodles such as soft white noodles, mifen, or the instant ramen (米粉;泡麵快或速麵;粉干)
Organ meat lovers as well as standard meat lovers will find this place wonderful.
All soups are delightfully hot, and those who are not satified with majority of Hunan or Sichuan venues, will find the 大辣 Spicy Hot selection very accomodating.
青島啤酒就三塊五毛塊 QingDao Draft sytle in a bottle is only 3.50.
I had the selection of 麻辣臭臭鍋 Crispy Smelly Tofu with fish. Ample portions of a nice white fish, along with soft white noodles, and beef stomach with ramen 牛肚 is stomach and tripe is 牛百葉 on the menu.
Hou Yi is the hottest place in Chinatown!