Spicy Village

IMG_1642 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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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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