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Grand Sichuan St. Marks
Posted by novicefoodie on 07/01/2008
I order from here all the time and am almost always pleased with what I get. The Dan Dan noodles, sliced pork with garlic sauce, Double Cooked Pork, Gui Zhou spicy chicken, sauteed baby lamb (this seriously rocks) and dried sauteed beans with chicken are just some of my favorite dishes. Surprise, surprise, they make Sichuan dishes the best, but most of their dishes are pretty decent. My only complaint is the service: the noise is so loud in the background that the woman on the phone can hardly hear your order and when she does hear you, she treats you very brusquely. But once you get the food, it's all worth it, especially the Dan Dan noodles!
Posted by sbm on 02/29/2008
first time i had it - great! second time, same dish. tasted funny - soggy, undercooked. guess i wont be going back to this place for lunch. wouldn't recommend anymore.
Posted by Jel212 on 02/07/2008
Tried this place out, and was super-pleasantly surprised. The dan dan noodles were amazing, as was the dried shredded tofu with pork and chinese celery. I forgot what else we had, but it was all great, and while we ordered too much, we did eat it all!
Posted by Pfepher on 01/31/2008
While the food is good, quite good, I can’t give this place any better than 2 stars. Why? The staff - especially the delivery. We ordered food at 8:00 PM. We called at 9:00 wondering what was up and were told he left a long time ago. Fast forward to 9:20: delivery guy shows up. We asked why it took so long. No answer. We gave him at $1.55 tip. He stood in the doorway of the apartment demanding more. That behavior is unacceptable and could be considered threatening. I called to complain about the delivery guy. I was met with arguments such as "Well, that’s a small tip." True, but the 1 hour 20 minute delivery time was unacceptable, especially considering we were told that our food had left a long time ago nearly half an hour before it showed. If they had simply listened and apologized, I wouldn’t be writing this review. Forget this place for delivery.
Posted by Disappointed on 01/29/2008
The food here is fairly average... definitely not the best Chinese restaurant I've been to in the city. I'd try Chinatown or Flushing for much better options. I doubt we will go back...
Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2007
This place offers good, spicy cuisine and my first visit there was very pleasant. However, there are some issues: first, the portions change from visit to visit. 1st time, I had a great vegetable soup, served in a large bowl (for $5.50). The 2nd visit, the same soup came in a very small bowl, the type you'd get for a side soup (while paying the same price). Another issue is the lack of non-meat options - aside from the straight-forward vegetable dishes, everything else contains meat. However, the worst thing about this place is how difficult they make it to order! The 2nd time I ordered delivery, they brought the wrong appetizer. It happens, and they were nice about crediting me - but the next time I ordered, the credited dish and additional food I ordered didn't meet the minimum for delivery, so I was told "I'm sorry". After insisting that I shouldn't have to buy extra food to cover a minimum because of a mistake THEY made, they complied. The next time, I ordered at the restaurant for takeout, and asked that a rice dish be prepared without meat. It was fine; but when when I ordered the same thing over the phone a week later, I was told that the dish can't be prepared that way!! Why so difficult?? They also have a very good mini-plate menu that they'll only serve in-house....again, making it difficult to choose what you want. The staff is pleasant enough (especially the deliverymen) but it's almost comical how I can never just get the order I want!
Posted by JukeBoxHero on 12/15/2007
This place is great for delivery. Food comes fast, hot. It's good too. The soup dumplings are the best.