Traveling is always better when you have friends to show you the places only the locals know. When making dinner plans with one good friend, he offered us three choices: fancy, real deal, or home cooking. We had fancy reservations for another night, so we opted for real deal, and were not disappointed.
Our friend took us to a small, unpretentious szechuan eatery in Chinatown—a favorite of his own family—and ordered a variety of dishes for the table, none of which I could name for you and all of which were delicious. Afterwards, we had drinks at the speakeasy-style Hop Sing Laundromat, where the cocktails are fantastic and photos are not allowed.