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Posted by Anonymous on 09/19/2007
I work near this restaurant so I visit fairly often for lunch. At its best the food is indisputably excellent. I highly recommend going outside your comfort zone and trying such dishes as the tongue and tripe in hot oil, razor clams, and fish fillets with napa cabbage. Some of these can be quite spicy. You will need a reservation. However, there are a couple of issues. First, admittedly the restaurant is a little inconsistent. I never had a meal I didn't like, but there has been notable variations in the quality. It's not a decline, but some days aren't as good as others. Second, the service is a little inconsistent. They bring out dishes as they are ready, which is better for food quality, but sometimes there is a disruptive lag. Also, sometimes dishes are ordered and they don't arrive. Usually, a slight prompting to the waiter remedies the situation but it happens more than it should. That said, I heartily recommend this restaurant. If you love flavorful, spicy and exotic food this is a must try.
Posted by Tim on 06/13/2007
Been working in the area and dining here for six or seven years, and there's been no dropoff. The food is still both authentic and delicious. Highly recommended.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/29/2007
Wu Liang Ye's food has really gone downhill in the past few years. I took my mother here recently and we were both disappointed. Their food used to be amazing when I worked in the area in 2003--now it's merely mediocre. My mother kept complaining about how Americanized the food was. For example, we ordered an eggplant dish and the sauce was not very authentic. They also used American rather than Chinese eggplant. Also of note: the hand shredded chicken, which used to be one of their best dishes, is now merely edible. However, with all that said, if you're stuck in Midtown and want Chinese food, give them a try. They're still better than the truly horrendous Chinese takeout that's in the area.
Posted by anonymous on 05/13/2007
Went for Mother's Day dinner. The food satiated cravings I've been having for awhile for authentic Szechuan cuisine. It's especially been difficult to find a place in midtown. The service was great as well.
Posted by gao pang zi on 04/27/2007
wonderful twice cooked pork, good pickled veggies, and all in an authentic setting--complete with wuliangye liquor! our guests loved it.
Posted by T.Garcia on 01/18/2007
The food here is phenomenal if you're looking for flavorful, authentic Chinese cuisine. When they say spicy, they mean it, so be prepared. Atmosphere is usually crowded and noisy, and the service is so-so, but the food somehow makes you forget these annoyances. Yum - and well-worth the extra dollar.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/05/2006
I've had the best Szechuan food here at Wu Liang Ye. Dishes friends and I always order are: dumplings in chili oil (appetizer) Chinese okra whole fried fish razor clams Trust me, it's worth every penny (and it's not even an expensive restaurant).