If you have been to the restaurant in SF, do not try to compare or look for the same experience. New York has its very own marvelous flair and tastes. For example, the fresh rice cakes are made locally, of course they are going to be different. Three of us, three different entrees, all were so different, true to the ingredients, and delicious. You can ask to have certain dishes prepared vegetarian or vegan. The steamed eggplant in chili
bean sauce were a bit over cooked, and we could no longer taste the eggplants. Mapo tofu was on the greasy side but excellent. Thrice cooked bacon was truly "baconed" scrumptious. Kung Pao pastrami was also very good. The hostess and waiter were absolutely delightful. It is a very small place; RESERVE or be PATIENT! As far as spicy, the three of us did not find it overly hot- and definitively less than SF. On a down note, separate charge for rice, and the drinks are overpriced for what is served.