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Midtown South / Chelsea >
Chelsea Chinese (aka Grand Sichuan International)
Posted by DanB on 03/22/2009
The title pretty much says it all. I am a little surprised that one of my favorite, if not my favorite, Chinese restaurants turned out to be in Chelsea. Yea, there is often a wait but that's because it's pretty popular...because it's so good.
Posted by deaghaidh on 02/17/2009
I've eaten here many times, and have taken my friends here who visit from out of town. I will have to agree that usually there is a wait, but it is not because of bad service, just TONS of people there. It is always busy. The waitstaff varies from helpful to indifferent, but I've not experienced out right rude. They try very hard to accommodate groups, which is hard to find in the city. The food is presented as "authentic", but I am not an expert to say it is. They do have "American" food too which included General Tso and the like. I recommend of that the General Tso's Tofu. My favorite on the menu are the Sichuan wontons in red hot oil. I highly recommend the place.
Posted by chelsea eater on 02/14/2009
This is not the friendliest restaurant in town. And if you're ordering chicken and broccoli or general tso's chicken, you will probably be disappointed. (Probably anything off the "American-style" section of the menu.) but if you're looking for authentic, spicy sichuan food it's an excellent choice. the chopped sour long beans with minced pork, chicken with chinese broccoli (with liberal sichuan peppercorns), dan dan noodles, ai zhou chicken, all wonderful. Aim for the "mao's home cooking" section of the menu, or any of the regional or specialty sections and it's hard to go wrong. also, to the reviewer who wrote that the chicken was "mushy" -- it's fresh. that's why the texture is different.
Posted by anonymous on 02/12/2009
Grand Sichuan is no place for someone who wants General Tso's chicken or their egos massaged. We've been going for years, and find the servers accomplished and friendly enough. They have the best Chinese food in the city, and the more that unenlightened people stay away means more soup dumplings for us!
Posted by MR on 01/30/2009
I passed by this place and thought it had potential so I ordered delivery one night...the delivery guy was mean, the chicken brocoli has a VERY gingery sauce and the consistency of the chicken was off...like a soft mush. General Tso tasted like tabasco sauce was involved. Pork fried rice had onions that were way too big and ruined most bites.
Posted by PeterP. on 01/15/2009
Really good food, poor service, though. I would noy recommend this place on a first date, but after that, you should go there.
Posted by Long-time local resident (24th St) on 01/04/2009
Yes, people stand outside waiting to be seated. Yes, people rave about the place. Sure, the food is pretty good to sometimes-very-good (the pork soup dumplings are delicious). But, the service is beyond unacceptable. Whether you dine in, order for take out, or have it delivered, the experience you have with the staff in person or on the phone will put you on a hunger strike. After four years and more orders that I can count, we have finally given up the Grand Sichuan and will dine elsewhere.