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Wu Liang Ye
Posted by anonymous on 08/22/2010
Food is authentic chinese, rare in midtown manhattan. I ordered the Tangerine Beef which was good but serving was kinda small considering the price. I also ordered the eggplant with garlic sauce which whose serving size is pretty big. The service on the other hand is a disappointment considering a server (he may also be a manager) was arguing in mandarin with another customer in front of the surrounding guests. That is unacceptable in western restaurants. Likewise, I asked the same server for our complementary orange desert (which everyone is suppose to have) and was responded to in a sarcastic condescending manner. The server unexpectedly just blurted out that he was busy with various tasks hence the delay, when asked nicely about the complimentary desert. So whoever decides to eat here, do not expect decent customer service. I expected more since the food was pricey for chinese food.
Posted by BB on 07/12/2010
The restaurant advertises on their menu that they have a $7.95 lunch special M-F. When we entered and sat at the restaurant, we enquired about it, and the waiter sneered and said " only for take-out". As we left the restaurant, we noticed that their menu did not at all say, "only for take-out". The food is so-so, service horrible, ambiance noisy and bait and switch tactics will not have us returning, despite the lack of Chinese restaurants in midtown-West.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 05/05/2010
I am still dreaming of last night's camphor smoked duck at Wu Liang Ye. And amazed at the number of poor reviews the restaurant has gotten. (Of course, if you order moo shu pork in a Szechuan restaurant, you are headed for disappointment!) The huge menu is a fascinating stroll through Szechuan province, with dishes you probably will find no place else (lots of frog preparations, duck tongues, rooster, etc.) And the seasonings in each dish are delicously unusual: the scallion pesto on our razor clams was wonderful. But even the faint-hearted will easily find something to please them. Although prices are high, the portions are huge. Highest recommendations.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/30/2009
Stopped by for lunch - had the Moo shu pork and Singapore noodles - both dishes were so underseasoned, flavorless; also had the fried pork dumplings which were decent but overall subpar food and for the prices they charge not worth it .
Posted by mikeS on 12/06/2009
A decade ago my family used to frequent Wu Liang Ye whenever we were in the city. Now that I work in NYC I'm pretty sure this place has turned into the Serendipidy of Szechuan restaurants; eye gauging prices floating on a sea of media hype. There are maybe 5 items (the szechuan specialties)that are still regularly good, and the rest is just paint by the numbers Chinese that would barely pass muster at a C-town dive joint. Don't be fooled just because the place is always packed by asians. I've had plenty of relatives visiting from mainland China who come here because of the Wu Liang Ye legacy and leave utterly disappointed.
Posted by Denise on 12/04/2009
I will not give my patronage for a restaurant that treats any of their clients nastily, regardless of the food quality.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/30/2009
I have never before encountered a more rude staff. In the past I ignored the fact that the chicken and the scallops were inedible because they tasted old or re-cooked at times because the other menu items were good. Putting up with the hit-or-miss quality is one thing, but putting up with their rudeness is another. When a pick-up order wasn't complete though paid in full, they acknowledged the mistake but refused to offer a partial refund. Even worse, they publicly berated (to the point of yelling at) the customer for asking for a good faith gesture of a measly $4 refund from a $25 bill. The extreme rudeness spoiled my meal.