PLAN DATE: THURS / MAY 9
Stepping into big shoes, Paper Daisy is the newly appointed resident of what was formerly Cafe Orlin, and we think they’ve done a pretty good job. The huge space has been converted to include a main dining/drinking area, plus a smaller cafe space, and thankfully, they kept the big ol’ porch seating too. The main room features tall communal tables and a turquoise, wrap-around, suede banquette. Cocktails flow here with some pretty awesome dinner hits on the food menu.
If you like it hot and are looking for a spicy kick to end the evening, Szechuan Mountain House is your spot. The restaurant atmosphere has been self-diagnosed as “zen quietude”, with a koi pond, Chinese calligraphy, zen brush, and an iron teapot with ceramics served to you in bamboo clad booths that “all tell you the zen culture of China”. The menu, speaks far beyond Zen, with eclectic takes on traditional Szechuan cooking. Their signature dishes include sliced pork belly with chili garlic sauce, stewed fish fillet with pickled cabbage and chili, Chinese yam with sweet and hot sauce, and stir-fried chicken with dry red chili.
41 St. Marks Place, Manhattan
idk tip: What’s in the name? Paper Daisy is an allusion to the poem Pull My Daisy by Beat Generation hall-of-famers Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady, who wrote it together when they were all in NYC in 1949, which hangs in the space. Impressive date knowledge.
Szechuan Mountain House
23 St. Marks Place, Manhattan
idk tip: Part of the hype of Mountain House is the dramatic platings—order the iconic sliced pork belly with chili garlic sauce. Expect thin slices of meat and zucchini draped over a rail like Chinese food laundry on your table.