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Midtown South / Chelsea >
Chelsea Chinese (aka Grand Sichuan International)
Posted by benbenny on 09/21/2010
This is one of those over-hyped New York restaurants in a Magnolia Bakery sort of way. People wait on line to get in and after you've eaten there you leave puzzled as to what all the fuss is about. It's just typical, down-market chinese food, you can tell by the super thick noodles on the wontons and the grease on the chicken and brocolli. I live next door and have tried it on several occasions and it's entirely forgettable.
Posted by Steve on 09/11/2010
This had been my favorite Chinese place in the city after I discovered it 4 or 5 years ago. I often took out-of-towners to Grand Sichuan and recommended it to other city-dwellers. After three disappointing dinners in a row, each one worse than the last, this place is dead to me. They have changed the menu and apparently changed chefs as well, because the food is just not the same. The last time I ordered Kung Pao Chicken, which was my favorite dish, it was littered with so many peppercorns that is was practically inedible. My favorite appetizer, Szechuan Cold Noodle, was a small bowl of high quality pasta with an amazing spicy peanut sauce. Now it's a big bowl of crappy lo mein noodles with a sauce that tastes like cheap mustard with no peanut flavor. The vegetables have been reduced to garnish - extremely low quality and chopped in to huge ugly pieces. These are just some examples of how the quality has gone way downhill. I was always dismayed (but selfishly happy) that this place often got overlooked due to the low reviews for the other "Grand Szechuans" in NYC, but I am sad to report that this location seems to have sunk to their level.
Posted by Pete on 06/15/2010
Everyone needs a great go to Chinese place for an easy/cheap dinner. Grand Sichuan is definitely the place to go in Chelsea, one of our favorite neighborhood spots we've tried since moving here. I agree with the previous reviews that the service is a little slow/poor but I don't really have high expectations when going out for cheap chinese. We've ordered delivery, not as good, but its got a nice nostalgic chinese restaurant atmosphere, so we enjoy going anyway. Try Dan Dan Noodles, Sichaun Wontons (On par with Spicy and Tasty in Flushing), Pork Soup Dumplings, and although fans of authentic Chinese food will shudder- General Tso's chicken, they have a really great version here. Even my finicky girlfriend who usually just picks at food when I drag her out to Sripraphai for Thai and Flushing for Chinese loves the food here.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/28/2010
Great food in a laid back restaurant. Always busy so expect to wait. Worst part is the service. They could care less and if you left they would not care.
Posted by Mr. Chew on 02/18/2010
The food here is GREAT! Quite authentic especially the spicy dishes considering I've had Sichuan food in China before. Its slightly on the oily side, but its Chinese so love it or hate it. The only drawback its the service. They are not attentive, I've to fight for my attention to get rice or water all the time. But considering it is cheap for the quality of food. I will always go back because you you can't find this quality of food in Chinatown.
Posted by MikeBrooklyn NavyYard on 01/07/2010
They are very busy. Never expect a table just walking in during dinner hrs and they have a reservation number limit - I think five and above. Order take out from someplace else if you want stupid faux Chinese food. Eat food there that has odd names on the menu and you will be in heaven - the complainers get what they deserve - shrimp and Broc from here is a waste of time - go to another place and practice yelling "give'me shrimp(s) and white rice , and no vegetables Chino. And make it fast. I'll be back."
Posted by Julian on 12/28/2009
This is basically Chinatown in Chelsea, so forget about the service...that's just part of the deal. I find it almost amusing, even liberating, at how bad it is. The food, however, is excellent and authentic...if you know how to order. Ordering General Tso's Chicken and Sesame Shrimp here is kind of like ordering a Tex-Mex burrito and Chimichanga at a Mexican-Oaxacan place that's famous for it's Pozole and Moles. So...suck it up, don't be so sensitive, and order like a person who travels, but never goes on "vacation." Enjoy.