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Lychee House

Modern Chinese Cuisine
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  • Chinese, Dim Sum
  • 141 E 55th St, New York NY10022 40.759555 -73.969509
  • (Btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave)
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  • (212) 753-3900
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User Ratings (Based on 31 reviews)

4.025
Food 4.2 Value 3.8
Service 4.3 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 753-3900
voice
(212) 753-3414
Fax:
fax
(212) 688-8526
Website:
www.lycheehouse.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11:30am-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Group Dining, Prix Fixe, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Lychee House

    Posted by Midtown Eater on 12/09/2007

    Overall great place

    There are some excellent regional chinese restaurants in the city (sichuan, cantonese, Shanghainese, etc), and I have seen people complain in the reviews that they didn't like (insert random Chinese-American dish here). It says more about the person than the restaurant if the sesame chicken or the dumplings at a Sichuan place are lacking, or if the chicken with garlic sauce at a Cantonese joint isn't any good. But for these uneducated souls, I present to you Our Place. Our place has a Shanghainese bent, and you can get some very good Shanghainese stuff here. However, there are no better places in the city (I think the food is on par with Shun Lee) to get absolutely superb renderings of the kinds of things that normally appear on basic Chinese take-out restaurants. It's a great business model: do the regional stuff well, but also be superlative at the dishes that most of the customers (it's in midtown) are going to be familiar with. So get your chicken with garlic sauce. Revel in hunan-style anything. Go for the grand marnier shrimp. Bring on the deep fried. The meat quality is superlative, and the sauces frequently are bold, robust and slightly sweet -- perfect for the Americanized taste. Nice bonuses: the service is really good and the place is clean and attractive inside. Chinese people might grouse that it's not authentic enough and too high-priced than what they're used to, but that's not really the point, in my opinion. The point is that here is a place where you can order something you know well, and can count on getting a great version of it. And if you want to experiment with something more exotic, they've got that too.

  • Lychee House

    Posted by FilipinoGuy on 09/25/2007

    Cheap Lunch, Expensive Dinner

    I always avoided this place because of all the $$ signs thinking it'd be too expensive for lunch. Lo and behold, they have a lunch special and it is by far the most generous special in the neighborhood. You get a giant portion of your entree with 2 dumplings and a small serving of rice along with fried wonton skins and a selection of dipping sauces. The food is light years better than the competition (I've been to every Chinese restaurant in the E 50s except Shun Lee). It's not greasy, very well seasoned and cooked to order. Now if I want my extra-spicy, sugar-free, reduced sodium garlic pork, I know exactly where to go!

  • Lychee House

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/16/2007

    Great food, relaxed atmosphere!

    The service was excellent, very attentive. The food is definitely not like your usual take-out. They have authentic regional Shanghai dishes along with your more mainstream Chinese dishes. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed - not stuffy at all which is surprising for its east side location.

  • Lychee House

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/06/2007

    Delivery service much better than eat in

    Food is excellent and well prepared. Sauces are light, but tasty. For some reason, food eaten in was less flavorful. Preferences could not be accompanied in the restuarant as they can over the phone. Regardless, food is still some of the best.

  • Lychee House

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/04/2007

    Great food

    My office has ordered food from here at least 2 times a week for the past 2 years. I have tried pretty much everything on the menu and have to say there was never anything that was 'just okay'. I have eaten in the restaurant once and found it to be pleasant as well.

  • Lychee House

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/06/2006

    Fantastic!

    Great Chinese food... the best I've had in a long while. Service is excellent as well! Prices are a little high, but totally worth it!

  • Lychee House

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/31/2006

    Best Chinese Food

    I have been here on several occasions and I always found the service to be very good. And the food to be not only authentic but delicious. In addition, I have always received chopsticks with my meal and found the entire experience to be great!

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