Tasting Menu at Han Dynasty – East Village

When I went to Han Dynasty, we had a reservation for a large group, so were spared a long wait.  I don’t mess with long waits for Chinese food.  If I skipped Kau Kee for a thirty-minute line, you bet your ass I’d skip Han Dynasty, where on the night I visited, walk-ins for two were being told one hour.

Anyway, we ordered the relatively affordable tasting menu ($35 per person), which was just a set rotation of dishes from the menu.  For a lower per-person amount, Han would provide fewer dishes or fewer meat and seafood dishes.

As for the food itself, I agree in concept with Pete Wells’ write-up in the New York Times.  It’s not “authentic,” nor is it high-quality or notably well-made.  There’s a bunch of sugar and garlic (the garlic part isn’t all that foreign for Chinese food, but it’s also not used to that degree in Sichuan dishes I’d tasted in China), and a surprising lack of spice.  The spiciest entree was the dry pepper style chicken (an 8 on Han’s self-administered 10-point scale), and even that was middling at best.

That said, somehow, the meal was quite enjoyable, aided by a skillful front-of-house team.  The dishes were tasty and Sichuan in name, but in execution they certainly tended to veer more towards the land of General Tso.  For $35 per person though, that’s not altogether a bad thing.  As long as I don’t have to wait, I wouldn’t mind having Han Dynasty again.

Here’s a run-down of what we had.  The dan dan noodles: House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Dan Dan Noodles 2 House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Dan Dan NoodlesSichuan wontons:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Sichuan WontonsDumplings in chili oil:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Dumplings Chili OilSpicy crispy cucumbers:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City CucumbersPork belly in garlic sauce and fried Taiwanese sausage:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Chinese Sausage Mouthwatering Pork BellyScallion pancakes:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Scallion PancakesStir-fried pea leaves:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Snow Pea ShootsBlack bean-style beef:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Black Bean Style BeefEggplant with garlic sauce:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Fish-Fragrant EggplantThree-cup chicken:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Three Cups ChickenDry Pepper Style Fried Chicken:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Dry Pepper Style Fried ChickenDouble-Cooked Style Fried Fish:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Double-Cooked Style Fried FishCumin Style beef:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Cumin Style BeefSalt and pepper shrimp:House of Haos Han Dynasty New York City Salt Pepper Shrimp

Han Dynasty
90 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
(212) 390-8685
(Yelp)

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One thought on “Tasting Menu at Han Dynasty – East Village

  1. wow. im impressed they can get away with panda express stuff for $35/person! looks yummy but probs would pay like 60 kuai a person to share that at a local joint in shanghai. nothing looks terribly innovative for an hour wait!

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