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Midtown South / Chelsea >
Chelsea Chinese (fka Grand Sichuan International)
Posted by pk on 03/18/2008
I'd agree that the service at Grand Sichuan isn't great but the food more than makes up for it. The soup dumplings and "fresh chicken" dishes are phenomenal.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/03/2008
The food is amazing here, and the service is at fine. Brusque yes, but I've never had a problem with an order, I've gotten good recommendations when I couldn't choose, and service has been quick and responsible. Things you must try Smoked Tea Duck (amazing), soup dumplings. Other parts of the menu I've enjoyed are the cellophane noodles with pork, and eggplant with pork. My fave chinese outside of flushing.
Posted by Diana on 02/11/2008
I used to live on the same block as Grand Sichuan in Chelsea and ate there so often that when I made phone orders they knew it was me. Food highlights include: Organic free range chicken dishes, braised fish soup, cold spinach appetizer, veggie wontons, baby bok choy, pork stew, soft shell crab, and lobster. Mmmm... The service has always been excellent in my experience. The food was always prepared quickly and served promptly. The thing that may bug some folks is that the staff can be a little impersonal, and the ladies at the front yell a lot. To me that just adds to the character of the place. The chelsea location is small (not tiny, but not big) so get there early because it gets crowded!
Posted by dhruv on 01/31/2008
I love the food here, and unfortunately have cravings for it very often. I say unfortunately, because the service is poor, to the extent that I would call them ill-mannered. Their delivery is not very prompt.
Posted by chelsea regular on 01/30/2008
fantastic real authentic szechuan. fiery hot. auchou chicken or beef. soup dumplings (not szechuan, but very good), loofa, beef fillets in chili paste, etc. but don't order american style dishes like beef and brocolli, egg rolls, etc. they are horrible here. if you want real authentic szechuan food you can get it here - as evidenced by the large numbers of chinese diners. very unusual in an uptown restaurant. and the service is really not good. go at lunch - its much less bad.
Posted by dee on 01/06/2008
I thought that the food was absolutely delicious at Grand Sichuan! I am not sure if the other reviewers were at the same restaurant I was at. The food was bustling with flavor. If you like bland food, then don't eat here. The service was standard, but who cares, it's NYC. If you need someone to stroke your ego, then go to Cipriani's...
Posted by Anonymous on 01/04/2008
This place has the best Szechuan Food I've found in Manhattan and some of the rudest service I've encountered any where in the city. For years I've continued to order from them and I've finally given up in frustration. If you phone for delivery, you're likely to be put on hold for 15-30 minutes. The staff can't hear or understand your order and address because there's so much background noise. If your food arrives, it might be cold b/c the address was written down incorrectly, or it might be the wrong food b/c the person on the phone didn't hear you.