Just wondering why there hasn't been more talk about the Metro Cafe on this board. (Is it due, perhaps, to its unaccountably non-Sichuan name?) I had lunch there today for the first time with two companions, all of us reasonably serious Sichuan-appreciating trenchermen, and we all found the food, without exception, to be quite good. Of special note was the beef tendon in hot sauce, which was different from other versions of the dish I've had in the past -- the texture more supple and less firm, with a smoky, almost bacony quality, and the sauce pleasingly firey but also ever so slightly sweet. Also notable was the Chingqong chicken, showered in three types of peppers: dried red chilies, Szechuan peppercorns, and charred grilled fresh green chilies. Really delicious, perhaps even comparable (though hard for me to say definitely, as I've only been there the one time) to the Grand Sichuan House of Bay Ridge. As one of the only, if not the only, Sichuan restaurants on Eighth Avenue, it seems to me that Metro Cafe is worthy of note; it's certainly a place I'll be going back to in the future.
Grand Sichuan House
8701 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
4924 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220