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Posted by codyble on 08/18/2011
Came by for dinner. When you enter the small doorway the first thing you see is a huge photo of the chef taking up half the entrance. Usually I would avoid such a restaurant, kind of strange and egotistical of the chef. Who does that? Regardless my fiance is from China, we ordered off the New Sichuan menu as many reviews suggested. We have been to China, Macao and Hong Kong. Spicy, hot food we are used to. This food is way too hot to really enjoy. There is no subtleness in the heat and spice.....its just excessive heat. We only enjoyed the MaPo Tufu and even that was way too oily. Most of the dishes have too much sauce and oil. The service was scattered and blind. Never received our extra rice, water etc....all in a daze waitstaff and this was a Wednesday! So check it out, but not what I expected.
Posted by yasar on 05/19/2011
I am quite suprise when I came home and opened my salad and see that my so called "papaya salad with grilled chiken" is consist of only shreded papaya and grilled chicken without any sauce or any pieces of tomato or any other vegetables. They included a seperately packed mayonaise as a salad dressing. Now imagine just a shredded papaya with mayonaise. I just couldnt believe it! When I called them to ask if this was a kind of mistake, they said this is the way they make their papaya salad!! I dont know what sort of cuisine is this! ... Never ever again.
Posted by Christine on 04/28/2011
The place doesn't look like a typical chinese restaurant at all, actually, it's way better! The deco are very nice and artful. I am very impressed once stepped into it. For the food we started with Dan Dan Noodle, Garlic Pork Belly, which are just perfect. I ordered their Signature Chicken Brocolli special. Usually it's a boring American Chinese food but their version has a awesome sutlety to it. It is just... perfect, again... My friends ordered Sichuan Style Grilled Fish. It's tasty and beautiful. Next time, I want to get a little more "authentic" and dive into their extensive menu. It is THE best chinese join in NYC for me so far.
Posted by anonymous on 03/30/2011
Their lunch special is really good. I tried their Chives and Pork Dumplings today. Curiously it's not in either take-out or dinner menu, so this is the first time i tried it even I have been to this place several time. Long story short, this Chives and Port Dumpling is way much better than other dumplings they have. Actually it's so far the best chinese dumpling I had here. And it's not expensive, only $6.95 as lunch special. Highly recommended.
Posted by Hairy Hungry Geek on 02/15/2011
Went again last night (Valentine's Day) with another couple. Ordered different things - jellyfish cold dish, hot spicy fish Sichuan style, a non-spicy seafood soup (can't remember now which one), the spicy minced meat and cowpeas, and lamb with vegetables. I was the only westerner at the table, and the waitress didn't know that I speak Mandarin, and she told my friend not to order offal because "lao wai don't eat organ meats" LOL I probably eat more things than she does! I was disappointed at the spice level more than last time; some of the things should be MUCH spicier, and they are in other Sichuan restaurants in NY. The lamb was good, the cowpeas were good, the jellyfish was good. The soup and the spicy fish - not so much. I almost laughed out loud at a western woman at the next table complaining that her mouth was numb from "some little pepper corn in her fish" LOL Why do people eat in a Sichuan restaurant without knowing that Sichuan peppercorns are the very definition of Sichuan cuisine? I guess that the restaurant hears such complaints from some westerners, and changes their cuisine so as not to offend. So it is not as good, and if they continue this trend it will get worse as time goes on. Service was pretty quick - the food came quickly, but they did not rush us as we sat and talked for hours. Not crowded at all - which surprised me, since Valentine's Day is a big restaurant day. We may or may not be back, the food was a bit disappointing. $130 for dinner for 4, with beer.
Posted by Oy on 02/12/2011
Don't order unless you're prepared to wait at least an hour. It is now an hour and twenty minutes, and it's still on the way.
Posted by Hairy Hungry Geek on 02/11/2011
Ate here with my wife tonight, and we both thought the food was quite good. 2 for 1 drinks before 7:30 (Happy Hour)! Had the Pork Dumplings in spicy chili oil sauce and cold Sichuan noodles for appetizers, and fish with pickled vegetables Chengdu style and double-cooked pork Sichuan style for our mains. Portions were generous, spicing was very good, although less hot than in Chengdu (no surprise there, this is America). Food was delicious, service was very good, restaurant was quite busy. The noodles were exactly the way I like them, and I have gotten this dish in Sichuan restaurants all over the city; this was near the top of the list. Fish was excellent, the soup it was in was pretty much perfect. I personally prefer things a bit spicier, but you cannot get true Chengdu or Chongqing style anywhere in NYC I don't think. We will be back soon to try more things on the menu!