Spicy Village

Spicy Village

Chinese Restaurant and Noodle Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    "Pork pancakes, big pan chicken, noodles, noodles, noodles!! BYOB."(25 Tips)
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    "Get the spicy chicken hui mei .... amazing!"(9 Tips)
    "... stamp sized, low-fi, BYOB, cash-only restaurant punches far above its..."(15 Tips)
    Ross M.
    "Big tray chicken is great, get it with the hand pulled noodles"(15 Tips)
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  • pancakes
  • spicy food
  • hui mei
  • chicken
  • BYOB
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  • Evan S.heart icon on user image
    Evan StaffJanuary 8, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Having studied abroad in Henan province, this place tastes like a return to Kaifeng. The big tray chicken (大盤雞), beef/lamb noodle soup, and dumplings are all to die for. Drink the 王老吉 from the fridge!
  • Jeff W.heart icon on user image
    Jeff WeinsteinDecember 27, 2016
    Dumplings, chicken parts, stews, hand pulled noodles. byob from a round the corner. Don't wear something you don't want sauce on. Wear something you do want sauce on.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 17, 2017
    This postage stamp sized, low-fi, BYOB, cash-only restaurant punches far above its weight class offering some of the city’s best noodles. Don’t overlook the big tray chicken or the pork pancakes. Read more
  • Caroline
    CarolineJanuary 28, 2020
    big tray spicy chicken (dà pán jī). China’s Uighur-majority Xinjiang province, dousing thick, hand-pulled noodles in a stew of chicken, garlic, potatoes, cumin, chiles star anise. feed two, $16. BYOB.
  • Dane B.heart icon on user image
    Dane BDecember 28, 2019
    Definitely have to come back for the Big Tray Chicken, but I can say that the pork pancake is fantastic. Better than the pork burger at Xi'an. Crank it up to 11 with some of the chili oil on the side.
  • Eric V.heart icon on user image
    Eric VanderSchaafMarch 22, 2019
    For soup dumplings, make a little side sauce by requesting an extra plate. Then mix vinegar & soy sauce 3:1 ratio, & add a good amount of spicy oil. Then let your dumplings sit in that mixture & eat!!
  • Mehan J.heart icon on user image
    Mehan JayasuriyaSeptember 1, 2014
    The big tray of chicken with hand-pulled noodles is the obvious choice here but the lamb hui mei is worth trying as well--it's probably the best this side of Flushing.
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 23, 2014
    The perfect spot to grab a bowl of noodles if you’re in China Town. We love how the menu is simple, but the attention to detail is extravagant. The flavors are great! We loved the tray of chicken.
  • Greg T.heart icon on user image
    Greg TanFebruary 22, 2019
    Look, there's lots of good things. The dry noodles with brisket is great, for example. But you CANNOT GO PAST the chicken tray, which is good for up to two people. Add potato noodles, trust me.
  • Radames p.heart icon on user image
    Radames perezMarch 5, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    They're obviously known for that amazing big bowl w/chicken sichuan style, but I always get the beef brisket and spicy dumplings. I can eat there every day.
  • Gilbert W.heart icon on user image
    Gilbert WongMay 25, 2019
    The OxTail & Beef Brisket were amazing. If you love Chicken; try their Spicy Big Tray, so much flavor you’ve never had anywhere else! But be warned, it’s not a big place & they don’t serve alcohol!
  • Shaliga S.heart icon on user image
    Shaliga SuksomsongJanuary 4, 2017
    You must try the scallion beef pancake bun, All dried hand-pulled noodles, and love the cucumbers in the spicy Szechuan peppercorns.Everyone has been talking about the chicken pot, it's worth the try.
  • Gregory F.heart icon on user image
    Gregory FisherOctober 7, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Big Tray Spicy Chicken with one order of hand pulled noodles is THE dish to get. Pork dumplings and all the pancakes are good too.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Chinatown is already swimming in cheap, tasty meat—veggies are usually an afterthought. However, the $5 vegetable hui mei is delicious, satisfying, & expertly paired with a crisp bottle of suds (BYOB) Read more
  • Pauline L.
    Pauline LiAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Props for the big tray of chicken (大盘鸡) and pancake with pork (肉夹馍)Seriously the MOST authentic Chinese hole-in-the-wall gem. The dishes are similar to Xi'an, but only more spicy and well-flavored.
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    For such an unassuming place, the noodles here are phenomenal and amazingly cheap. They specialize in "huimian" which is a style of braised noodle from Henan Province. Order the lamb huimian.
  • Teresaheart icon on user image
    TeresaSeptember 18, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Kind of obsessed with this place. My faves: pork pancake, spicy beef brisket hui mei, big tray of chicken (with noodles), baby bok choy & cold cucumbers. The owner is really nice & allows for BYOB!
  • Jonas L.heart icon on user image
    Jonas LafortezzaAugust 24, 2017
    Black bean lo mein is the best. Pork pancake and chicken with peppers. Don't fuck around and get the sour dumpling soup
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyJuly 20, 2014
    Why you go: the da pan ji, or “spicy big tray chicken,” a manhole-size skillet loaded with chunks of bone-on bird in a sea of oily red sauce spiked with chiles, star anise, and Sichuan peppercorns.
  • Elisaheart icon on user image
    ElisaSeptember 10, 2022
    Show up a bit before closing and you won’t have to wait long. Pork Pancake is nice and crispy. Noodles are good and lighter than xi’an, but you can’t really compare the two - they are different.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 30, 2014
    Excellent hand-pulled noodles which you should order on the Big Tray of Chicken, a massive stew of spicy chicken and potatoes that serves three.
  • Jarel H.heart icon on user image
    Jarel HillJanuary 14, 2018
    Pretty good dumplings. The big spicy tray chicken was amazing. Should get with two noodles. Pancake w beef was on point as well. BYOB but the servers will try to rush u out.
  • Ray L.heart icon on user image
    Ray LinApril 23, 2015
    The grungier cousin to Xi'ans, they offer similar hand-pulled noodles. Try the beef brisket noodle soup and start off with the soup dumplings. Limited seating, so come early.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 10, 2013
    Excellent hand-pulled noodles, which you should order on the Big Tray of Chicken, a massive stew of spicy chicken and potatoes that serves three.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMarch 1, 2013
    Spicy Village tells it like it is with their Spicy Big Tray Chicken: an enormous platter of chicken with mouth numbing Sichuan peppercorns (share it if you want to spare some taste buds).
  • Peggyheart icon on user image
    PeggyMarch 21, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy big tray chicken is great for sharing (or if you’re very hungry). The hui mei is also really good.
  • Keith W.heart icon on user image
    Keith WoodDecember 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I don't know what my life would be like if I had never been introduced to this disguised haven. If I can eat here once a week I am a happy man! Must get the Big Tray of Chicken & Pancake with pork!
  • Chris C.heart icon on user image
    Chris CooksonJuly 16, 2015
    Don't be fooled by the name, this place is not "spicy" however you'll get deliciously spiced, wonderfully priced authentic Chinese food here. Different than the typical American Chinese spot.
  • Jianing Q.heart icon on user image
    Jianing QiFebruary 21, 2017
    Best big tray chicken. Pork pan cake and Hui Mei are must try.
  • Ben G.heart icon on user image
    Ben GMay 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't bother with the paper menu. There are fifteen items on the wall and each is a solid, can't-miss specialty. Big Tray Chicken is a must if you brought friends.
  • Marc
    MarcJuly 10, 2014
    TT 10 Cheap Eats: "hole-in-the-wall" "'big tray chicken' is famous; smaller meal - Huimei w/scrambled egg, tomato, crisp bok choy & slivered cucumbers is light and satisfying"
  • Alex H.heart icon on user image
    Alex HunterJuly 30, 2022
    Favorite vegetable dumplings in the city, gotta go with the spicy scallion sauce. Usually a wait but they turn tables quickly.
  • Anissaheart icon on user image
    AnissaApril 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    BYOB! Also, be warned: the big tray of chicken will leave your mouth numb from the peppercorns! But it's worth it!
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RobertsonOctober 1, 2017
    amazing big tray of spicy chicken with noodles easily feeds two
  • Lizzy S.heart icon on user image
    Lizzy SaxeNovember 30, 2016
    It's impossible to go wrong here. The atmosphere isn't great and the service is brusque, but none of that matters since the food is just fabulous. Pictured is dumpling soup with sour broth.
  • Ryan L.heart icon on user image
    Ryan LeggettAugust 22, 2018
    Don’t miss the hand pulled noodles, but everything’s delicious. And it’s BYOB if you order at least $12 per person!
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy ChenJune 17, 2015
    I got the beef brisket hand pulled noodle soup. So yummy. Get the small size because the proportions are insane.
  • Beth B.heart icon on user image
    Beth BatesApril 4, 2013
    Spicy big tray chicken with hand pulled noodles added and plenty of pancakes on the side (I liked the beef pancakes the best) for dipping into the delicious spicy stew.
  • Yin L.heart icon on user image
    Yin LiFebruary 21, 2014
    I feel 'meh' towards the rest of the menu, but the big tray chicken + plain noodles (hui mian) = to die for. Take your leftovers to go and eat it with rice that's been soaked in the sauce.
  • CaliGirl S.heart icon on user image
    CaliGirl SavaDecember 8, 2014
    Next to our apartment. Very popular, not fancy but the food, the food is just delicious!!! Homemade dishes and you can bring your own drinks!!!
  • Tiffanyheart icon on user image
    TiffanyAugust 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    There might be a short wait since the restaurant is fairly small but get the big tray chicken and that comes with both the spicy chicken and noodles!
  • Jimmy L.heart icon on user image
    Jimmy LuOctober 24, 2018
    The noodles are awesome! Add some black vinegar and some hot oil to make it even better.
  • PureWow
    PureWowFebruary 23, 2016
    The hand-pulled noodles with big tray of chicken is just the most satisfying winter dish you’ve ever eaten. No biggie. Read more
  • Ryan Z.heart icon on user image
    Ryan Zhang 🤪September 22, 2018
    The spicy pork pancake above everything. The crispiness makes it way better than Xi'an
  • Théo B.heart icon on user image
    Théo BlochetDecember 31, 2015
    Cash only. Walk-in, no reservation. Great chinese food, not necessarily spicy. There is quite a lot of choice. The dumplings are great.
  • jon f.heart icon on user image
    jon ferrerJuly 7, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious and unique (to Manhattan Chinatown) food. Lamb hue mei, beef pancake, big tray chicken are my go-to dishes
  • Harry R.heart icon on user image
    Harry RaymondFebruary 10, 2016
    Might be my favorite spot in Chinatown. Cheap, good food. Get anything on the menu.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsJune 17, 2012
    Try the pork pancake, which holds "a decent helping of minced pork that is doused liberally with hoisin sauce and topped with cilantro." Don't forget to add chili oil! Read more
  • Quan N.
    Quan NguyenAugust 26, 2016
    Fresh to death dumplings. Pepper chicken wasn't as spicy as expected, but had a nice hint of sweetness. Amazingly cheap. BYOB.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 26, 2013
    Grab a couple of friends and head here to split the pork pancakes and the big tray of chicken. It's the perfect combination!
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