1st Av & 7th. This place is already difficult to get into. Went by myself tonight and there were no tables open - only space was at the (four seat) bar, right in front of the door. Good thing it wasn't too cold tonight.
So what is dry pot? You order a bunch of stuff off the menu and they throw it all together in a wok (or whatever) and cook it. Brilliant. They recommend eight to ten items for one person. Most stuff is around $3-$5. I also ordered the scallion pancake and Chinese pickles.
The scallion pancake is worth ordering. It's light and flaky, and comes with a hoisin-based sauce on the side. Very tasty. The Chinese pickles were a little bowl of pickled vedge - mostly cabbage and carrots. They were ok.
The dry pot comes out in a big wooden bowl. You get to choose the spice level. I chose the highest, "super spicy". I have a pretty good tolerance for spice. I thought this was just right. It was assertively spicy, but bearable. Sichuan peppercorns were definitely a presence, but not enough to numb your mouth like novocaine. Similar to the photos we've seen of "authentic" Sichuan cuisine, there was a big oil slick at the bottom of the bowl. The bowl was tasty, but expectedly became monotonous about halfway in.
$56 before tip. No alcohol yet. You probably need a reservation to get in during peak hours, unless you can grab a seat at the bar.