Grand Sichuan -- Chinese New Year Menu?
I know the Grand Sichuans usually have a New Year menu, but wondering if anyone has seen it this year? Going to the Chelsea branch today for lunch and was hoping maybe someone had a New Year's dish to recommend. I know the standard menu pretty well.
The new year cod special at the Midtown branch was one of the greatest dishes I have ever had. Not sure if it is the same menu, but at the Midtown branch it was #1 on the New Year specials.
The GS on the East side (around 55thSt) has a 2007 New Year's Menu. Mostly seafood and a broiled pork chop dish. We had the cod dish mentioned above. It was good, but the cod (a giant cross section of the fish), which seemed to have been deep fried, was too greasy (in a bad way). Had it not been for that slip the dish is a winner. The fish sits atop a puddle of chile oil and is topped by a medly of vegetables (corn, chinese celery, etc.), peanuts and god knows what else. Very striking presentation. We also ordered broiled prawns, a dish advertised by a sign on the wall. Turned out to be the identical medly of vegetables (the waitress should have let us know that, especially since this was not our first choice, but a replacement for a dish they didn't have available). The ox tongue and tripe appetizer was fantastic. I wish I knew how to make that dish.
We enjoyed ourselves, but I must confess that I'm not liking the East Side branch as much as I used to. It used to be my absolute favorite restaurant in NYC. Their menu appears to have changed slightly and I suspect that there's been a change of chefs. The 'encyclopedia' of menu descriptions they used to have in the back of the menu is gone, and the presentations are different. Does anyone have any inside information about this place they'd like to share?
I just had dinner at the Grand Sichuan on St. Marks. We had the beef tendons (not spicy) as appetizer which was really delicious. It was sliced very thin and the flavor was excellent; I'm sure the ma-la spicy would have been good as well but we didn't feel like it tonight. We ordered the sweet and sour lotus root; stir-fried perfectly so there was still a nice crunch. The dry sauteeed string beans which I almost always order from here was good as usual --- IMO they make the best in the city. The disappointment was the fish with hot bean paste. We've had this many times before but tonight's version was not good. They used a different fish than usual and the sauce was lackluster - slightly spicy but with no depth of flavor. I think I have to go back to Spicy and Tasty in Flushing for the fish. Overall, still a great meal with leftovers for tomorrow.
At least last year, they kept the New Years dishes on the menu after the holiday. It's of course a zoo at the holiday, particularly since a lot of Chinese places close, and without firecrackers, it's not what it used to be.