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Midtown South / Chelsea >
Chelsea Chinese (aka Grand Sichuan International)
Posted by Chuck on 02/04/2006
are exactly right. The food is great, but the service is, did someone say surly? They are never happy to serve you. If you're in a good mood and don't mind abruptness,Grand sizhuan is highly recommended. Start out with the dumplings. Very good.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2006
Food is outstanding...unfortunately the service at the restaurant is not nearly as good as the food.
Posted by jolk on 12/28/2005
I've been to this place ~10 times and had a great experience every time - ok, maybe not always great service, but unfailingly fantastic food. They're best at the sichuanese stuff, but almost all is good. Get the garlic or auzhuo fresh chicken, the eggplant with garlic sauce, the sour string beans with minced pork, the steamed whole fish. The soup dumplings, while not sichuanese, are really good here, too. Can't really go wrong!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/22/2005
We live in the neighborhood and have ordered takeout a few times. I've always found the food to be average but thought it might be better if we sat down there. Tonight we did and the service was very poor. We were there easily 45 minutes before closing but when I asked for another minute to look at the menu I was scolded because "the kitchen is closing" -- yet they continued to seat other parties. The waitress was rude, had to be asked to clear away starter items when the main course arrived, and we were rushed out the door as quickly as possible.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/10/2005
The food is terrific, and the extensive menu even includes a group of dishes served with truly fresh chicken (i.e.: it was alive that morning). One does not dine there for the atmosphere, and the staff can be rather gruff, but your water glass will never go unfilled, and for delivery you can't beat it.
Posted by Icequeen on 10/21/2005
Be ready to line up to get seated if you don't make a reservation.
Posted by chelsea578 on 08/02/2005
Am I the only one that does not think the food here is that great? I've only ordered from here twice but both times it has been mediocre. This soup dumplings are only ok and do not compare to Joe's Shanghai in Chinatown. The other dishes I've tried have not tasted authentic.