Seventh Heaven: Dining Along the 7 Train
by Julie Besonen, 02/26/2013
Photo: Alexander Thompson
7 Train Stop: Flushing/Main St.
Spicy & Tasty
39-07 Prince St., 718-359-1601, Flushing, Queens
Along the jam-packed, lively streets of Flushing's Chinatown are an overwhelming number of restaurants representing different regions and styles—from Anthony Bourdain–approved eats to fancy banquet halls to dim-sum specialists. Where to begin? Spicy & Tasty is a virtuoso introduction, featuring Szechuan delights in a spick-and-span dining room that's sophisticated without being dressy. Frank Bruni awarded it two stars in his New York Times review in 2006, and its high standards for vividly flavored dishes are still apparent. Dan dan noodles with minced pork, cold sesame noodles, double-cooked spicy pork and shrimp with green hot peppers in black bean sauce are all enthralling enough to cause a chopstick war at the table. If you're seeking more exotic culinary thrills, you'll also find beef tendon in red chili sauce, duck feet with wasabi and frog in fresh hot pepper.