Though sometimes compared with Sichuan cooking, the cuisine of Hunan province tends to make do without mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns; extra chillies often take their place. Sour flavors have their say, too. Here, both spicy and sour pervade well-chopped string beans, paired with slippery yam cakes ($8.95 lunch special; $7 to go). See also this slideshow from sister restaurant Hunan House, in Flushing; many if not all the pictured dishes are available at Hunan Manor, too.
339 Lexington Ave. (39th-40th Sts.), Manhattan
Sister restaurant: Hunan House
137-40 Northern Blvd. (Main-Union Sts.), Flushing, Queens