Wu Liang Ye...great midtown Szechuan
Once a year I go to NYC for theater and shopping and we always have dinner at Wu Liang Ye, on 48th Street. Maybe distance does make the heart grow fonder, (and the tastebuds), but each time we eat there, it seems better than the last. They prepare delicious Szechuan food in a casual, comfortable atmosohere. They are usually very busy and they know how to feed you and get you out of there without making you feel rushed or ripped off. Among the best are Dan Dan noodles and Szechuan dumplings. It is true and spicey and not for the faint of heart.
We just had dinner there on Friday night (during the big ice storm) and enjoyed it thoroughly. Steamed short ribs and fried rice from the specials menu (kind of like a stuffing, with lots of edamame in there as well) and crispy whole fish with miso chile sauce (actually the first whole fish I've ever really enjoyed - a surprisingly meaty tilapia.)
The menu doesn't seem as varied or exotic as Szechuan Gourmet or Grand Sichuan, but it's definitely another good option.