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Grand Sichuan East
Posted by Local food lover on 05/01/2015
Gui Zhou Spicy Chicken This 8th Ave location did a very nice Gui Zhou Spicy Chicken using fresh, tender young bamboo shoots. They went a little overboard on the dried chillies and went light on the Sichuan peppercorns for my taste. Quite good overall though! Xiao Long Bao. The soup dumplings were a disappointment. To be fair they acknowledged that they were made elsewhere. What I don't understand is why? It's one of their signature dishes and there's a large picture of the dumplings in the front window! It's great that more Sichuan restaurants like this have been opening up in Chelsea and this place has some nice selections along with a few dishes to avoid.
Posted by don uselmann on 10/11/2014
I do carry-out once or twice per month and find the food very good. As to service, they left 2 spring rolls out of an order recently- I called, and on my next visit, a month later, they remembered and made it right without me asking. You can decide for yourself about the food (I've lived in 8 cities in the last 40 years and this is my go to place in Chelsea), but as to service I believe they are excellent, very customer centric. While the customer is always the customer, the customer is not always right.
Posted by chelsea212 on 02/20/2014
I thought this restaurant would be as good as the Grand Sichuan on 24th and 9th which this owner parted ways with. Ordered beef with string beans and garlic chicken but not before the owner asked me if I wanted beer, wine or sake with my order at least 4 times. The beef was gummy, tasteless and gloppy. The string beans were overcooked and dry. Not much better with the chicken which was dry and tasteless. Even the rice in the side bowl was one solid shape of crusty roundness. I was looking forward to some good Chinese food in the neighborhood - this isn't it. And the owner came back and demanded a better tip. The place is desperate - too bad the owner doesn't understand that good service and good food will produce a better tip.
Posted by Mark on 01/04/2014
Thought I'd get around to some Chinese at some point during my week long stay in NY. This place came recommended by a friend and I would definitely mention this place to others. The food was great. Try the Sichuan eggplant and the camphor tea duck with ginger. :)
Posted by anonymous on 09/26/2013
I decided to try this restaurant and ordered the broccoli with garlic sauce. One of the worst I've ever had. Broccoli was limp and over cooled, not crisp. The sauce was horrible. Tasteless, no complexity and worse, gluey,probably from too much cornstarch. It was also too sweet and I could taste no garlic. I hope their other dishes are better. I won't be going back.
Posted by Chelsee on 12/18/2012
Ate here twice and that's enough. Food is forgettable, kind of bland or not hitting the right note and it's greasy. Even the fried rice was unimpressive. If this is the only Chinese in the hood, I'll live without Chinese. Mediocre at best.
Posted by CuisineCrazy on 08/20/2012
I once had lunch here, one of those prix- fixe Chinese lunches that are offered all over town. I wasn't very impressed. BUT I came back a few months ago for dinner and was really blown away. I have since returned for dinner about three or four times. The prices are higher than its Ninth Avenue distant relative, but well worth it. Creative cuisine, excellent, fresh ingredients, a welcoming and attentive staff- I don't know why it's been under the radar- Check it out- It's the best Chinese in Chelsea!