CBS: 5 Great Sichuan Restaurants In Manhattan

At Hot Kitchen, the hot pot comes pre-prepared, removingyour ability to dunk your own ingredients. To some, then, the malatang(pictured) at this East Village restaurant mightnot be as authentic as purists would like. Such critics might also scoff at theAmerican Chinese section of the menu, with its orange beef and chicken withbroccoli. Yet, no matter who mixes this mess, what arrives tableside is acomplicated stew of greens and mushrooms, competing to see who can soak up themost chili oil favor. We’ll call it a draw as soon as our lips stop tingling.