My friend Kyle who lived in Beijing and speaks Mandarin told me about this place in my neighborhood that I had to go to….I’m always up for an adventure so one night a few of us went over to Spicy Village on Forsyth just north of Hester, here on the Lower East Side, for dinner. The place has drop ceilings. plastic garbage encased wall fans, lights bright enough to do an autopsy by and more styrofoam then should be legally allowed under one roof. Not surprisingly taking up the majority of the 12 seats in the place was a table of 8 hipsters, probably in from Williamsburg slumming it on the Lower East Side. All of this to say this place rocks. The signature dish is a rare and unique Hainan delicacy: Big Tray of Chicken. Don’t be deceived by the name this is more than a tray and chicken! It is however very large, and incredibly delicious. Falling off the bone chicken (mostly thigh meat) in an unctuous peppery sauce, fiery and delicious. Steamed Soup dumplings for $6? And don’t forget the peanuts to start with. This is the kind of place you would walk by and not even notice, more of a take out place for folks in the neighborhood, it’s actually kind of fun to eat here but if you live close by you can order in and make a feast of it in probably nicer surroundings, but the food is only beaten by the amazing price! Go Here!
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