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Szechuan Mountain House

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  • East Village
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  1. Szechuan Mountain House
    Photograph: Courtesy Karen Cen
  2. Szechuan Mountain House
    Photograph: Karen Cen
  3. Szechuan Mountain House
    Photograph: Karen Cen

Time Out Says

3 out of 5 stars

In Chinatown or Curry Hill or Flushing or Koreatown, it’s a simple task to find expats and first- or second-generation immigrants eating authentic dishes from home. But Szechuan Mountain House has accomplished this legitimacy on St. Marks Place, its first expansion outside of Queens. It helps to have above-and-beyond ambience and dishes this tasty. The chili, garlic, fermented vegetables and pork on the string beans is a hat trick of flavor—freshness, spice and umami—reminiscent of mapo greens. The jellyfish salad has a dazzling, surprisingly wet crunch and is a perfect refresher. The short ribs disappoint after pyrotechnic tableside razzle-dazzle, and the accompanying buns are too bland and doughy. But overall, if Manhattan won’t go to the Mountain, we’re lucky the Mountain has come to Manhattan.

Written by
Richard Morgan


23 St Marks Pl
New York
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