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Midtown South / Chelsea >
Chelsea Chinese (aka Grand Sichuan International)
Posted by MNS in Chelsea on 05/03/2007
Don't expect fabulous eggrolls or fried rice. Go here for the truly great spicy, unusual dishes, since Sichaun is their specialty. Double sauteed spicy pork, ma po dofu, shredded chicken with jalapenos, au zhiou chicken, etc. The soup dumplings are OK; but this isn't a Shanghainese restaurant, so they're not authentic. The shredded duck with green beans is good even though it's not spicy, has nice ginger/ pepper flavors. Many other good dishes which I can't remember right now. The service in the restaurant is OK, not gracious, not rude. I must tell you I've been here many, many times. They have even been sweet to my kid and other kids. However, I hate to call and place a delivery order because they are awful on the phone. About to hang up on you before you add another dish or your phone #. But the food is so good, I order anyway... or try to get my husband to do it :)
Posted by Anonymous on 04/16/2007
I ordered the sesame chicken and it was chewy and had bones in it. Totally poor. Would not order from here again!
Posted by mcl on 01/26/2007
1:25 minutes later. No warning. Forgot the soda. But the food is good! Love their special spicy chicken. Don't have delivery if you're hungry!
Posted by Stephanie on 01/21/2007
It's tough to find Chinese food that isn't greasy, but this place succeeds! They are rude (the 3 times I've been there and twice had it delivered) and the atmosphere is, um...strange, complete with an entertainment system fit for a living room in the restaurant. Feels more like a big living room than an actual restaurant. Regardless the food is very good, so have it delivered if you can deal with the person on the phone taking your order.
Posted by felee on 11/04/2006
We've been going here for a while and the food is consistently excellent. The waits can be long and the service a little cold but the spice will warm you right up. Try the au zhou spicy chicken but beware of the peppercorns. My husband loves the hot and sour soup and I always get the dan dan noodles. Not as inexpensive as some of the other chinese places but definitely superior quality.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/25/2006
I have to disagree with everyone who has said that the food is worth the poor service. It’s not that the food is bad; it ok. But has anyone heard of customer service? First I get yelled at for calling to order 5 minutes before they open. If you are not taking orders, don’t pick up. Then once my order arrives, they forget one of the items ordered. When I called to let them know, I get the third degree and then get placed on hold for 2 minutes. I hung up and called again. Once again I get the third degree. I eventually said either send the missed item or I will call the credit card company and tell them not to pay the charge. Needless to say I will not be ordering from them again.
Posted by KBH on 09/12/2006
The food at Grand Sichuan is fantastic, and quite authentic. I have spent some time in China, and I think that this food is as good as you can get in or outside Chinatown NYC -- and Chinatown NYC is the best you can get outside China! I'm a particular fan of the Pork Soup Dumplings and the Twice Cooked Pork in Sweet Bean Sauce (Americans tend to prefer the lean mean, Chinese like the Fatty.) If you order a dish with chicken, be sure to ask for 'FRESH' chicken! I can recommend the Azhou Spicy Chicken. Many of the previous reviews have mentioned service, so I have to say that I have never found the service at Grand Sichuan lacking in any way. In addition, as an American who has travelled extensively, I find that Americans have unusually high expectations when it comes to service, and therefore the reviewers at MenuPages do Grand Sichuan an injustice. On the other hand, Americans will put up with horrific food if it is served with a smile! At Grand Sichuan, there are always plenty of servers around -- not necessarily your own personal server -- and they are all competent and quick. None are rude or unfriendly, and I think it is important to note that many Chinese consider it impolite to show teeth when they smile -- therefore, a very friendly Chinese server may not come across as such in the US. I can't recommend Grand Sichuan enough, it is authentic, excellent, and very well priced. If you have the option, I think that the 24th St. location is better than 50th St. (both on 9th Ave.) although 24th St. is usually more crowded. - KBH