The Upper East Side's Sichuan Renaissance
How did it happen that some of the city's best -- and most authentic -- Sichuan restaurants have come to be located on the Upper East Side? Maybe for the same reason so many young bohos are moving into the neighborhood: significantly lower rents than in some other parts of town.
As befits what was once the city's most effete and desirable neighborhood, many of these spaces are elegant, too, so that one dines on Sichuan cuisine in surroundings significantly more comfortable than those of downtown, Flushing, and maritime Brooklyn places (where most of the more accurate approximations of Sichuan food have previously been located).
This week, Counter Culture tears into one such place, eyes watering, nose running, and lips burning: Land of Plenty, occupying the former Mia Dona space just east of Bloomingdale's.
Here are pictures from it and a couple of other UES Sichuan faves.