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Sep 5, 2003 09:29 AM

Grand Sichuan

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I have noticed alot of people talking about grand sichuan.. When i went to look up the restaurant i noticed that there are so many variations of this name listed... Can anyone provide me with the address and the places real name..

Thank you,.


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  1. Daniel, I'm not sure what you're asking. There are at least four "real" Grand Sichuan restaurants in Manhattan.

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    1. re: Peter Cuce

      I think he's refering to Grand Sichuan International - because I noted all the rec's and started ordering from the Chelsea branch - whoever recomended the spicy beef tendon and the red cooking pork was right on the money.
      and hey Daniel, did you ever get Rocco's, or are you too shell shocked to speak about it?

      1. re: hattie

        Haha.. Yeh i did go to roccos. and i am still trying to gather myself after the experience. i will post my review later today if i get the chance...

        I guess what i was asking was, which of the grand sichuans is the spiciest and the best of the lot..

        1. re: daniel

          The original, I believe, is the one on Canal to the left of the Manhattan Bridge if you're facing it. It gets a B- for ambience but an A for spiciness if that's what you're looking for: it's the least adapted to timid palates.

          That said, I have had quite excellent fare at 24th and 9th, as well as 53rd (51st?) and 9th.

          Try wontons in hot oil for an unbelievably delicious spicy start, and I agree that the beef tendon in ma la sauce is terrific...if you like beef tendon. Also, to cool the mouth, these restaurants serve loofah, also known as chinese okra, off the menu - it is sweet and soft and a great foil to the hotter items. The ma po tofu is also the best here that I've had anywhere.

          1. re: Moodyfoodie

            My favorite is the one on 2nd Ave in the east 50s.

              1. re: DANIEL

                The one on 56th St. & 2nd Ave. is great. A few of us were there last night, actually. Don't miss the "second sister's rabbit" appetizer. A mouth vibration festival if ever there was one. The service there is good - they're happy to explain things. BYO is welcome there too.

                1. re: Nina W.
                  Jonathan Saw

                  Isn't this the one that was just written up in the food section for serving a dish of chicken skin with hot peppers? Have you had this? It sounds absolutely fantastic!

                  I wonder what the possibilities are for making this at home. I'm assuming there isn't anywhere to get chicken skin without buying the whole chicken.

                  1. re: Jonathan Saw
                    suzanne camhi

                    other recs on 56th and 2nd - the sliced fish with bean curd ma po tofu except with sliced bonelss fish and crispy peanuts. Still feeling the afterburn from the second sister's rabbit.

                    1. re: suzanne camhi

                      Just ordered lunch in from the one on 9th Ave. Very disappointing. Jellyfish was completely flavorless, as opposed to the jellyfish on 2nd Ave. which, while not overly exciting, was good. This one today wasn't even worth eating. Same with cucumber appetizer. On 2nd Ave, it's oily and rich and full of chopped herbs - this one was just cucumbers with barely anything on them. Nothing we got was even remotely spicy. "Red cooking tofu" was completely bland.


                      1. re: suzanne camhi

                        Another vegetable rec for the 2nd ave. location - sliced pumpkin with ginger and chives (it's not a spicy dish, which is a nice respite for your tongue after dishes like the Chong Qing spicy and aromatic chicken)

                    2. re: Nina W.

                      I was there last night too! we had cold eggplant with "wondrous sauce" or something--fantastic, with a spicy, intense brown sauce, except that they brought it first and I ate too much of it because I was hungry--soup dumplings because the guy I was with wanted them, but I don't think they're really as good as Joe's Shanghai or New Green Bo--and, pi├Ęce de resistance, double-fried or whatever it's called pork, which comes with millions of hot red peppers and is like fantastically delicious spicy bacon--so GOOD! and a nice dish of peashoots with garlic because I love peashoots and wanted something green. Washed down with a couple of Tsingdaos. A really excellent dinner.

                      1. re: Nina W.
                        Dave Feldman

                        Which one on Ninth Ave.? There's one in Chelsea and one in Hell's Kitchen. Both are capable of sending out fiery and delicious dishes. I prefer the 50's branch, but have had mixed experiences with takeout there, for some reason, although nothing as drastic as you experienced.

                    3. re: Moodyfoodie

                      The Grand Sichuan off the Brooklyn Bridge has whole sub-menu of Mao-style dishes.

                      Can anyone tell me what defines a Mao-style dish? Or if the BB-Grand Sichuan does them well?

                      I like other stuff I've had there. Their hot and sour soup sucked, though.

              2. i have eaten at 33rd/lex, chinatown and then the one on 55th and 1st. the one at 55th and 1st rocks and is without a doubt better that the other ones ive eaten at. get the aromatic spicy fish if you like spicy....

                1. I vote for the one in Hell's Kitchen. Although at lunch its not as good. Maybe they tone it down for the lunch crowd. Food is OK but never blows your doors off at lunch.

                  1. I think Grand Sichuan is OK. I think you can find better Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. I tend to find that more non-asians and asian americans go there. Its not bad for a chinese restaurant.

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                    1. re: designerboy01

                      You're talking about the Hell's Kitchen location of Grand Sichuan? You think it's just OK? What Sichuan-style restaurants are better in Chinatown? I think you're comparing apples and oranges, but I'll still ask you what restaurants you think are better in Chinatown. Frankly, I can't think of any. I like Congee Village about equally, but it's almost entirely different, almost like comparing a French restaurant and a Greek restaurant.

                      1. re: designerboy01

                        "I think you can find better Chinese restaurants in Chinatown."

                        Then by all means please name them. Personally, the only place I like better than Grand Sichuan is Szechuan Gourmet, also in midtown.

                      2. I've been to the one in Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, and Lex and 33rd. The one in Hell's Kitchen serves the best Szechuan food I've ever tasted. I didn't like Chelsea -- too American and Hunan style, with glazes and sugar. Lex is mediocre. To get the best possible experience at Hell's Kitchen I recommend you go for dinner and not takeout (it's not as good). From the authentic Szechuan dishes portion of the menu, order the sliced pork. This is a towering platter of sliced fatty pork belly with the usual delicate and spicy flavors (peppercorn, fermented black bean, and hot peppers). From the fresh chicken portion of the menu, order the shredded chicken with green peppers (it's spicy, but not overly so). Order any sauteed green vegetable, such as Chinese broccoli, and brown rice. I've tried many other things on the menu, but none have been as good as these three dishes.