Located in the East Village, Hunan Slurp is a contemporary Chinese eatery that beautifully combines art and cuisine. Owner and Chef Chao Wang, who was an oil painter for 25 years, has added food and cooking to his artistic palette and is creating authentic culinary masterpieces inspired by his hometown Hengyang, in the Hunan Province of China. The traditional and comforting flavors that Chef Wang creates are inspired by his grandmother’s cooking, easing his homesickness, as well as transporting diners to his hometown in China.
Hunan Slurp has a simple, modern and clean-cut design. Its walls, embossed with pale wood slats spanning from the floor to the ceiling, are meant to resemble noodles and the dining room, which contains communal tables, creates an inviting atmosphere that draws patrons in to sample cuisine that reflects the everyday flavors and humble cuisine of Hunan Province. Hunan Slurp does not adapt its food to Western interpretations of Chinese food; it serves only the authentic flavors of Hunan Province, whether it is a rice noodle dish or one of their hot plates, such as Whole Fish with Homemade Chopped Chili Sauce or Ribs in Black Bean Sauce. Heavy sauces are unheard of here. Hunan Slurp uses only fresh ingredients that complement each other and plates its dishes in a way that allows diners to mix the ingredients in any combination, amount and order that they please. Chef Wang “aims to present Chinese grassroots’ everyday meals in an artistic way, while keeping the flavors true to the region’s humblest dishes.”
Despite what the name, Hunan Slurp, may suggest, this Chinese restaurant is not just a noodle shop; it also serves flavorful cold and hot plates, such as Hunan Salad, made with Grilled Pepper and Eggplant, preserved Duck Egg, Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil Dressing or the Fish Fillet, which is simmered with Chinese Sauerkraut, Enoki Mushrooms and Glass Noodles. Such dishes play an integral part on the menu. Its artful dishes will take diners’, taste buds on a culinary journey that starts with aroma and is followed by layers of intense flavors that slowly build, making you yearn for another bite.
This East Village gem, located at 112 1st Avenue, has opening hours from 12 PM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM Tuesday through Sunday, serving both lunch and dinner. Customers can either walk in or make a reservation; in addition to its regular hours, Hunan Slurp offers a takeout option as well.
112 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10009