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Grand Sichuan St. Marks
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/28/2005
You have to be weary of any so-called sichuan that opens on St. Marks. The food's no different than your typical off-the-truck street corner Chinese cuisine. In my opinion, it's not worth the time or money if you can get the same food for your buck at any Chinese corner-shop.
Posted by GloryToHypnoToad on 01/14/2005
The food here really is quite good, and the selection is just huge. Try the crystal shrimp dumplings and the sweet & sour lotus roots. Their main dishes are also quite good, the meats are tender and the flavors wonderful. They even give you large portions. Service is also quite good. The decor inside is nice, with little touches like pictures of Mao on the wall. My only complaint is the tvs--there's one by the bar which I have no problem with, but there's also a plasma screen in the actual restaurant area. When we went to eat there, some random movie was playing rather loudly on the screen, which was a bit distracting/annoying. Otherwise, it was a lovely meal.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/07/2005
The food Itself was excellent, but as others have said the dumplings were bland, completely lacked flavor, both the meat and the vegetable. I could compare the experience with eating a dough like Styrofoam. Dumplings aside... The Sesame Chicken was potentially the best I've had in a while (Only topped by Oriental Plaza of Staten Island), perfect chicken to sauce ratio, and get this...It's Real Chicken! I recommend the Scallion Pancakes as an appetizer. But be careful they're addictive.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/20/2004
I've gone twice so far. The first time, the sichuan food was excellent. Tasty, fresh, spicy, near perfect. Riding off such an experience, I went again and was totally disappointed. The food lacked flavor and spice. I guess it depends on the chef? Who knows. When it's good though, it's definitely good and worth a try. When not good, it's not like it's bad but it's definitely not on par w/ the the grand sichuan in chinatown.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/16/2004
Somehow, the dishes has become inconsistent lately. Many Americanized dishes are bad and some Sichuan and Hunan dishes are too salty, which might be one of the reasons that some meat and vagetables tasted un-fresh.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/29/2004
Grand Sichuan has a long (like 40 page) explanatory menu to go with the more traditional list-style menu. They were very eager to share what they considered authentic cuisine and to make sure I got what I wanted. The waitress was incredibly nice. It has comfortable, if not particularly romantic or special decor.