Hes been celebrated in song, spoofed on Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and featured on The Layover while stinking drunk with Anthony Bourdain, and now it looks like Han Chiang, the incendiary emperor behind Philadelphias popular chain of Han Dynasty restaurants, is bringing his firebrand Sichuan to New York. Surprisingly, he isnt landing in midtowns Sichuan Belt, but rather the East Village in the former home of Montien Thai at 90 Third Avenue, according to Eater. And he expects to be melting New Yorkers faces off as early as July of this year.
With a burst of red-hot chile oil and skull-tingling Sichuan peppercorns, Chiangs trajectory began heading toward the stratosphere back in 2009 when he opened a location of his under-the-radar, suburban restaurant in Phillys Old City neighborhood. With the promise of delivering authenticity and a spiciness that is in no way dialed back for western palettes, Handy Nasty as its become known, because of its unfortunate handynasty.net url and matching Twitter handle fast became a favorite among critics, the food blogerati, and mere mortals. Since opening there, hes rapidly spun off four more, each of which have become just as popular for area heat-seekers. To get a sense of his demented sense of humor, check out what happens when Vetri vet Brad Spence catches up with him in an episode of Vices Munchies.
Han Dynasty Moving Into Reserve Steakhouse; Expanding to NYC's East Village [Eater Philadelphia]
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