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Wu Liang Ye
Posted by Broadway Diner on 05/22/2008
We'd just been for lunch today, arriving at 11:30 am. When we entered, the staff were milling about but no one bothered to talk to us or give us a table. A 2nd customer came in and was ignored as well, which made her mad. I said not to worry as they were ignoring us too. Then some Chinese regulars came in and were immediately shown a table, causing the 2nd customer to storm out angrily. However we opted to continue on and ordered 2 bowls of noodles and a beer. The food is good enough for Chinese in this part of the world but it certainly isn't as good as in China or HK. I found it flat and depth-less all hot spices but no real delightful flavors. Real Szechuan cooking is a complicated mix of tastes and not just a single fiery shot. Also, the noodles were overcooked, which is a crucial point. Because of the service we got from them, I left just under $2 on a bill of $20 for food and $5.50 for the beer. The manager came back to me demanding 15[%] and I said I was fine with what I had left, being ignored and then having 2 bowls of noodles plopped in front of us. This wasn't exactly a serviced meal, in my opinion. As I walked out, he said aloud, "No need for you to come back again." Well, we certainly won't.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/24/2007
This place has good sichuan. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is the same as the food is in sichuan, but it's almost on par with sichuan food you'd get in other parts of china - a little more sweet and a little less spicey than the real stuff. and egg drop soup is made with chicken broth - wouldn't this automatically make it not vegitarian? vegitarians/kosher people shouldn't bother with chinese food at all b/c what you're getting is so far from the real stuff it's not even worth it. unless it's buddhist vegitarian chinese food which isn't good in america anyway.
Posted by Lara on 10/24/2007
Egg drop soup isn't supposed to have chicken.
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.