Popular Philly-based Sichuan chain Han Dynasty has finally opened its new Downtown Brooklyn outpost. The restaurant, which has a constantly busy location in East Village, has started serving dan dan noodles and spicy cumin-spiced meats at its location in the DeKalb Market Hall.
Although many of the vendors in the hall only have stands, the new location at 1 Dekalb Avenue is a full-service operation with table service and a bar. It seats more than 100 people, and a take-out window at the corner is available for people looking for food to-go. An employee says that the menu is essentially similar to other locations.
The market itself opened in June after six years of build up, but Han Dynasty — located directly to the left when entering down the escalators — remained papered up until a couple weeks ago.
Owner Han Chiang first opened his Sichuan chain in New York in 2013. The East Village location quickly became a destination for peppercorn and spice chasers, impressing local critics for its nuanced take on classic Sichuan fare. It still draws crowds and long waits. In 2015, the chain opened on the Upper West Side, too.
This is the first Brooklyn location. Han Dynasty Brooklyn is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and a grand opening party will take place in November.