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Grand Sichuan St. Marks
Posted by face^2 on 11/28/2005
I get a craving for this place at least once a weak. I get hunger pangs just thinking about the gui zhou spicy chicken, braised sliced beef w/brown sauce, dry and sauteed string beans w/beef, or hunan beef. Those are definitely must haves. The servers are friendly and eager to please, and you can't beat the value. As mentioned before, don't go here if you're looking for american-chinese food. I'm sure those dishes are good, but why have regular old general tso's when you can have some phenomenal authentic sichuan and hunan dishes? Only con - it has ruined me for all other chinese takeout. I simply can't go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/08/2005
Definitely the most authentic and spicy chinese food in the city. Great small chain overall, and this one looks better than the others in Manhattan. Anywhere that specifically differentiates a side of the menu called "American Chinese Food" has just got to be good! Ha!
Posted by Richie B on 07/13/2005
The GS chain is phenomenal, and this one may be the best of the lot. If you keep to the "authentic" sections of the menu, you will have the best Szechuan food available in New York. No other restaurant comes close.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/11/2005
Stick to authentic sichuan and hunan sections.
Posted by Lips Abuzzin' on 06/07/2005
After eating at the Chelsea GS for a few years, we just recently discovered this locale & are devout converts! The food, service & atmosphere are all superior. the dining room full of Mandarin speakers attest to its authenticity. Things to get: cucumber salad, five-spice beef, dry-fried string beans, red-cooked fish, beef w/ dry bean curd, guizhou chicken, loofah, stir fried potatoes, water-boiled beef. Enjoy!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/25/2005
Ok, so I order take out from this place about once a week. It is addictive. The food is so good and authentic. Take it from one Asian, do NOT eat at any Asian cusine restaurant if there are NOT real Asians eating there. It is a HUGE sign. Maybe you think I am being funny, but it is a cultural thing and rings true every time. Happy ordering.
Posted by Old School East Villager on 03/07/2005
If you have no sense of adventure and plan on ordering general tsao's or chicken lo mein, then the guy below is right. But if you're a real New Yorker and have some sense of adventure or are looking for interesting dishes like ox tongue and tripe or bad smell bean curd (never had that one myself), then Grand Sichuan is great. Try it, enjoy.