Delicious, lip-scorching and hearty Hunan food makes its way to the East Village and everyone’s just a little bit happier for it. Nestled into a narrow space with dark wood paneling, industrial lighting and large planters, Hunan Bistro offers swift, but helpful service—and an all-together welcoming dining space for exploring this intriguing cuisine.
Dinner might kick off with such typical specialties as sour string beans sautéed with minced pork, chilies and toothsome konjac noodles. Next up: pork belly braised in their signature soy- rice wine- and star anise-broth, best eaten with greens and some soft, white rice. Finally, fish fillets dusted with cumin and set in a warm oil infused with toasted sesame hints at the raw firepower that is Hunan heat.- MICHELIN guide inspectors