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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!
Posted by K3llz on 01/06/2011
I decided to give this hot-spot a try on NYE,since I have been hearing about it from a lot of my friends.I absolutely LOVE the "Cheng Du" Hot & Spicy Fish Filet. It is highly recommended. My boyfriend loves the "mapo-tofu". ...the menu, theres too many selections to choose from. And they have a lower level where people can sing and throw parties. I must say, im already planning a party there for next month. =) What can I say? let me just make it short and simple...I will defintely keep coming back and bring more friends and will TRY EVERYTHING on the menu! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. The decor and the atmoshphere is absolutely gorgegous may I add. ... My loving boyfriend has been bugging me to go there to eat their 'mapo-tofu" ever since NYE.. haha....Surprise, surprise, tonight we will re-visit!
Posted by Phil P. on 12/07/2010
We were looking for a place to eat very late last night near my apartment. Most of other restaurants were closed except for diners. But my wife really wanted some asian food. So we walked into Legend when they were closing. The staff were so nice that they set up the table and served us a great hot meal.
Posted by David Zhang on 12/01/2010
This is the best szechuan food I found in Manhattan! The chef is from my hometown Szechuan. And luckily , he did not change the flavor like most Chinese restaurant do. The taste is really authentic and spicy.Everything I had tonight is good and wonderful. However, if u never tried Szechuan food before, you should start with some cold dish like Red Rabbit or Beef. Then you can try some spicy fish. Forget about General Tso's Chicken and Sesame chicken !!! They are not Chinese food at all. Anyway, I think you'd better ask them for some recommendation if you are not a Szechuanese. Ask them what is the real Szechuan food. Do not forget to get the house special drink. You wont regret!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/30/2010
I live several blocks away and noticed this place has changed their menu. Decided to give it a try. As it turned out they have excellent food and very nice setting for reasonable price (I am a student so I am cost-concious.). Also a big letter "A" is posted on the door so you are assured that they have better hygiene condition than most of other chinese restaurant. They have a large menu for one to explore. I am glad to have one more nice restaurant in the neighborhood.