From $13 to $24
Mapo Tofu
338 Lexington Ave., New York 10016 Driving directions
MICHELIN Guide 2017
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MICHELIN Guide

"How many?" That's the greeting at this temple of "ma la," where enticing aromas are sure to lure you in. Find yourself among executives and locals slurping up a host of chili oil specialties (don't wear white!). This is the kind of place where dragons go to recharge their breath. Some may peruse the menu-rife with typos-for daily specials, but most blaze their tongues with Sichuan pickles or chilled noodles tossed in an intense sesame vinaigrette. The place is named after a humble dish, but many items surprise with bold flavors like silky fish fillets swimming in a spicy broth with Napa cabbage, or camphor tea-smoked duck. Peppercorns in stir-fried chicken unite subtle sweetness with intense heat, while sponge squash offers a cooling, textural finale. - MICHELIN guide inspectors
  • Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking: ≤ £28 / 40 € (IRE) ‘Bibs’ are awarded for simple yet skilful cooking for under £28 or €40.
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