TGI Fry-Day: Sweet Potato Cakes at Legend

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

There are many loud and bold reasons to visit Legend, the Sichuan restaurant in Chelsea we've come to love. Mapo tofu is quite good here; the tears in eyes, in their own way, are even better. With all the well-executed fiery, tangy, and meaty dishes on the menu, it might take you a couple of visits to notice the demure Sweet Potato Cakes ($3.21 for two). Consider them for your next trip, and if you haven't made it to Legend yet, take this as warning and order them right away.

Think of them as delicately fried mochi, coated in sesame seeds and stuffed with a sweet potato filling that's custard-soft with a bit of chew. The jolt of warm sweet potato flavor is enough to shock you out of the ma la monotony that can sometimes accompany even great Sichuan meals, and the textural contrast of piping hot crust and chewy filling is among the best of the city's dim sum offerings.

Note: you won't find this dish on the online menu, but we've confirmed that it's still available.

Legend Bar & Restaurant

88 7th Avenue, New York NY 10011 (map) 212-929-1778