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Grand Sichuan Eastern
Posted by spicytom on 06/20/2011
Simply one of the best Chinese restaurants in New York. At the moment, the chef is particularly good (2011). I wish I knew other places this good, even in Chinatown. To rate my dishes: the sliced conch with wild pepper sauce is heavenly. (better than the same w hot oil.) cured pork w garlic shoots is dry-sauteed dish to beat all others, barely any sauce, as it should be, but fatty off course bc its bacon. sauteed bitter melon is a personal favorite, and hard to find, but ask for very dry/ little sauce. for a very fresh vegetable option, add sauteed pea shoots with fresh garlic . The service is brusk here and atmosphere nonexistent, but for authentic Sichuan food, there is no better choice.
Posted by U.N. Owen on 04/23/2011
I noticed several reviewers complained about the 'rudeness,' etc. This restaurant - voted one of the best - food-wise, is a grat 'hole-in-the-wall' type, located on midtown Manhattan's east side. If you want great Chinese food - either order at the counter up-front, or call. But, this place has no frills. It's a place to eat. Lunch-time (about 12n) is when Grand Sichuan fills up - and fast. the clientele is made up of in-the-know office workers from the area, and Chinese-chinese. The staff is not that of a typical 'family-friendly' restaurant. They're there to take your orders - quickly. At a restaurant like this, it's best to know in advance what you want, dawdling over the menu here is not the way to go. This place's menu is quite extensive - and there's much to explore, BUT, as I said; try to be prepared. There's no bar - beers only, so if you're looking for a mixed-drink 'liquid lunch,' forget it. Keeping that in mind, you will have a great meal.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/23/2011
My online order did not go through, so I opted to call the restaurant for delivery. 1) Rude woman answered and abruptly took my order. Rushed me through and hung up quickly before giving me the total. I still had up the screen of the total (with tip) from my failed internet order, so that was the amount I prepared. 2)Rude delivery guy. He was upset with the tip amount and was loud about it. Echoed through the entire building. I almost had to SNATCH the food from his hand! I closed the door in his face. What the other reviewer said about the vegetable fried rice being lame, it is true. It was white rice with just a FEW vegetables mixed in and no flavor whatsoever. I will never order from them again.
Posted by Hairy Hungry Geek on 03/05/2011
My wife and I went here last night (Friday) and ordered the spicy chicken cold dish appetizer, the shredded duck with ginger and the steamed fish with minced spicy pepper. The dishes came spiced just the way I like them: almost as spicy as when we are in China. Came to $64 incl tip and one beer, which is typical for decent Sichuan food. Chicken had lots of minced peanuts and was a good balance of flavors. Fish was very good blend of sour and hot as hoped for. Duck was slightly over done and dry, however. Food came when it was ready (as expected) which was not all at once (chinese style, which I actually prefer, not American style). Service was attentive and efficient (but that may be because we speak to them in chinese) and the restaurant was not at all crowded. Surprising, because I considered the food to be quite good. We will go again, and try other things on the menu.
Posted by Midtown East Luncher on 01/12/2011
Craving chinese food for lunch today, I ordered take out from Grand Sichuan. The good: it was ready in less than 10 minutes, now that's fast! The beef with broccoli was tasty and crisp. The bad: the service was bland at best, the fried rice was white rice with a few veggies thrown in and absolutely no flavor. The wonton soup, if you could call it that, was bright-yellow broth and two miniature, tasteless wontons. The prices may be low, but why bother with food as average as this?
Posted by anonymous on 12/01/2010
It took over an hour to get my food, the service is poor.
Posted by hotsauceman on 07/21/2010
Grand Sichuan used to be one of my go to places for Chinese food in midtown during my lunch hour, it's actually a bit out of the way for me at work so I can only go when time allows for it. Yesterday, I decided to make the trek and was very excited to sit down for a nice lunch. Upon entering, I noticed the place was pretty full and only one table was open in the house, a four top table. I was greeted and had the impression the hostess was reluctant to seat me there as I was just one customer but alas she took me to the table anyway even though I didn't request to be seated there. I had briefly opened the menu when the hostess came back around to take my order and I told her I'd just opened the menu and just need 2 minutes. She said to me loudly, "I just sat you at this big table you need to order fast!" This completely ruined the experience for me. I told her she could have the table for someone else then and I just got up and left I understand it's NYC and people want to have a turnover and make the most money but this isn't a way to treat a paying customer in your restaurant. The whole experience was just plain rude and I'm sad to say I won't be going back to Grand Sichuan.