So a lot of people have been writing about Han Dynasty, the beloved Philadelphia Chinese food empire that has made its way here to NYC. I stopped by for lunch on a recent weekday, to see if it was worth all the hype. I ordered two of my favorite dishes: spicy crispy cucumbers and ma po tofu (minus the pork). They were both excellent, and wonderfully spicy. The cucumbers were crisp as advertised, and drenched in a garlicky spicy oil. The spice of the cucumbers was different from, and complimentary to, the spiciness of the ma po tofu. In addition to chili oil was a ton of mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. It was not quite as flavorful as my current favorite ma po tofu, but it was still quite good. I think Han Dynasty is a great addition to the East Village scene, and I’m looking forward to going back.