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Grand Sichuan 74
Posted by NYC Foodgal on 02/24/2011
Have been here multiple times in the past month - Hands down authentic, and just incredible Sichuan food. Have tried 15 -20 different menu items at least. The food is not oily or bland - those comments made me laugh myself silly- it is perfection, and a welcome relief on the Upper West Side in this vast wasteland of what passes for edible Chinese food. The Sichuan pepper dances on your tongue. The flavors are bright, savory, sweet, salty, smoky, just as they should be. Everything is fresh, and made to order. Did some dishes outshine others? Absolutely, and of course personal preference comes into play. Very nice portions - service is fine - do yourself a favor and pay a visit. You'll be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2011
Great interesting menu. Food is fresh and comes hot. Portions are very good. The food is quite tasty especially the hot and sour soup which is wonderful. The service is slow and unattentive. The seating is awkward. The food is a bit too oily.
Posted by JMW on 02/10/2011
I finally tried this new restuarant with a friend last night--take out. The food is not oily, which is great, but VERY bland. The hot and sour soup was nether spicy or sour--just bland. I had to spice it up myself. I've had much better chicken and borcolli too. My friends dish was equally as bland. Delivery was fast and the man very nice. I will not be ordering here again.
Posted by Chinese UWSider on 02/03/2011
I was ecstatic to see that GS was opening on the UWS! I used to pay special delivery charge to get my food from GS in Hell's Kitchen and was so upset when they closed their doors. This GS does seem to be ironing out the kinks. I have already had two meals there. One in house for dinner- excellent, once delivery for lunch- problems with delivery. However I will keep eating here and ordering in because we need more authentic places here on the UWS. If you are the kind of diner who is looking for the cheapest Moo Shu Pork or General Tzo's chicken or whatever- this is not the place for you. This is Sichuanese food! Not some generic chinese restaurant that serves americanized chinese. Let's keep GS alive!
Posted by r on 02/02/2011
I was so excited that GS opened in the neighborhood, and so disappointed when I ate there. The signature Gui Zhou spicy chicken was utterly one-dimensional, and nothing like the version served at other locations. Other dishes were chewy, soggy and boring. I've had much better orange flavor chicken in shopping malls. Will not waste my money here again.
Posted by Tmae on 02/01/2011
Not your average Chinese carryout/delivery. the prices are high and the food is nothing spectacular. It will be interesting to see if they survive.
Posted by anonymous on 01/29/2011
to have Grand Sichuan on the UWS. So much mediocrity in our Chinese food selections, and finally we were getting a branch of the city's best Chinese in our neighborhood. Then we called. The woman taking our order got three of the five items wrong when she read them back to us. They called back after we hung up to say that our address was just above their cutoff--apparently they only deliver in a 15-block radius--and it'd be an extra $5 to get to our building. Every dish costs a couple bucks more than the other Chinese joints in the neighborhood. The delivery was nice and fast. But the food was startlingly blah. Lots of kick in my wonton soup, but completely ordinary wontons. Mushy dumplings. Chewy main dishes. The woman who almost mistook our entire order did neglect my white-meat chicken request. They didn't even send fortune cookies. Our leftovers are in the fridge but I suspect we won't even eat them.