For those who like it hot, HUPO in Long Island City is keeping it real. The minimalist space with dangling lanterns with lotus blossoms and silk tassels, wooden screens and full bar is also known for its fiery Szechuan cuisine.
One of the hottest dishes is Chungking Roast Whole Fish which arrives in a soupy sea of Szechuan peppercorns and dried chilies with Chinese vegetables. Another is the build-your-own Ma-La Dry Hot Pot where diners can choose from five to 8 ingredients depending on the size of the group. The dish garners four “chili peppers” on the menu. Other offerings include Double Cooked Pork with thinly sliced pork belly sautéed with leek and miso sauce, Mapo Tofu with peppercorn, pork and tofu, and Crispy Fish Fillet sautéed with fried red chili and garnished with cilantro.
If you wish to escape the heat altogether there are dishes such as fried rice with shredded duck, tea smoked duck, shrimp dumplings and shumai, along with an entire category called “American-Chinese Food Classics,” where broccoli is the star ingredient. Cocktails get names like Pinky Blush made with watermelon-infused vodka, fresh lime juice and topped with Moscato D’Asti, and The Spring Scent with Four Roses Bourbon, Baek Seju rice wine, and clove-infused simple syrup. The drink is served hot.
HUPO is located 1007 50th Ave, Queens, NY
For more information, visit http://www.hupo.nyc/