Birds of a Feather is a new(ish) Sichuan specialist in Brooklyn, from the same team that have the Michelin-starred Cafe China in Midtown. Inside, it’s all minimal Asian-style design, with a long wooden table running down the middle and booths tucked up against the walls. It’s a popular spot with locals and perfect for bigger groups.
Being a Sichuan restaurant, lots of the dishes are covered in the eponymous mouth-numbing pepper – even the crunchy pickled vegetables have the unmistakable heat running through them. Spicy cumin lamb and thiny-sliced double-cooked pork with miso are the the picks of the mains, and, yep, they both bring plenty of heat. There’s also a decent dim sum menu, not strictly a Sichuan speciality, but there’s some good options here, including the poached wontons in chilli sauce and the steamed chicken dumplings with curry and spring onion. The xia long bao, however, have skins that are far too thick, but if you’re a sucker for a soup dumpling (like us) they still do a good job.