Wu Liang Ye Becomes “Mapo Tofu”


Here’s an interesting development… it’s been months since the Wu Liang Ye on Lex btw. 39+40th closed, amidst a legal battle in which they were accused of being owned by the Chinese govt. and mistreating their employees. Well, the restaurant has reopened as “Mapo Tofu” and claim to have completely different owners and better food (natch) than the original.  The lunch menu actually looks amazing, and kind of supports their claim.  It’s filled with far more authentic Sichuan specialties than the Wu Liang Ye menu, and is already receiving good reviews on Yelp.

Check out the lunch menu after the jump…

All dishes are $7.45 and come with free szechuan pickled vegetable, rice, and soup.

L1. Shredded Pork * with spicy garlic sauce
L2. Sliced Beef Filets with broccoli
L3. Baby Shrimps * with szechuan chili sauce
L4. Baby Shrimps * with roasted chili-peanut (kung pao)
L5. General Tso’s Chicken *
L6. Tangerine Chicken *
L7. Sesame Chicken *
L8. Sliced Chicken with broccoli
L9. Sauteed Chicken** with spring onion
L10. Sliced Chicken with spring onion
L11. Double Cooked Sliced Pork Belly ** with chili leeks
L12. Stir Fried Fresh Pork Belly ** with chili leeks
L13. Braised Fish Filets*** with chili miso
L14. Stir Fried Fish Filets with mixed veggie
L15. Fish Filets with pinenut in sweet vinegar sauce
L16. Stir Fried Prawns ** with chili minced pork & veggie
L17. Stir Fried Prawns ** with spicy garlic sauce
L18. Braised Prawns with fermented rice tomato sauce
L19. Stir Fried Sea Scallops ** with roasted chili peanuts
L20. Braised Crispy Tofu ** with chili sliced pork
L21. Braised Ma Paul Tofu *** with chili minced pork
L22. Shredded Pork with spiced tofu & asian celery
L23. Shredded Pork with sweet miso sauce
L24. Sliced Pork with baby eggplant
L25. Stir Fried Chicken with string beans
L26. Stir Fried Chicken Breast with mixed veggie
L27. Sliced Chicken with baby eggplant
L28. Shredded Chicken ** with spicy garlic sauce
L29. Sliced Chicken Breast with baby bok choy
L30. Crispy Chicken ** with spicy garlic sauce
L31. Sweet & Sour Chicken
L32. Stir Fried Chicken *** with roasted chili & green chili
L33. Chicken with black bean sauce
L34. Braised Silky Tofu with baby shrimps
L35. Scramble Egg with baby shrimps
L36. Shredded Beef * with asian spicy green chili
L37. Stir Fried String Beans with yibin veggie buds
L38. Baby Eggplant ** with spicy garlic sauce
L39. Stir Fried Spinach
L40. Beef Chow Fun
L41. Singapore Chow Mei
L42. Chicken with cashew nuts
L43. Hunan Chicken *
L44. Pepper Steak with onions
L45. Sliced Beef with shiitake & bamboo shoots
L46. Hunan Beef *
L47. Baby Shrimp with green peas
L48. Baby Shrimp with cashew nuts

Mapo Tofu, 338 Lexington Ave. (btw. 39+40th), 212-867-8118


  • The new menu looks pretty good, lots of spicy dishes. I had a very delicious lunch the other day there, it was double cooked pork belly with chili leeks. Highly recommended.

  • question – how come the restaurant is MAPO tofu, but on the lunch menu, it’s spelled “ma paul tofu”?

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    This is almost identical to Szechuan Gourmet’s lunch menu, L 2-5 are the exact same as L 3-6 at SG.

  • I was going to say that lunch menu reads awfully alot like Szechuan Gourment.

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    this place is soo good! nice and spicy.

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    I actually got Mapo Tofu to deliver to me on 47th bet 5th and Madison. Szechuan Gourmet wouldn’t. These places are definitely run by the same people. It’s practically the same exact menu. Only difference is Mapo’s sliced pork belly w/ chili leeks was much better. Not salty at all. SG’s was way too salty. Also, hot & sour soup was awesome.

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