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Jul 9, 2007 06:25 PM

Grand Sichuan Midtown

Has anyone eaten here and what should i order? I hear its good.

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  1. the hell's kitchen branch closed...only lex is open, never eaten there, but it gets mixed reviews

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    1. re: Lau

      There's one at 2nd and 55th, too.

      1. re: BackyardChef

        And at 24th and 9th and St. Marks between 2nd and 3rd.

    2. It's GREAT. And has been packed everytime I've been.

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      1. re: abud

        It WAS great, but that branch (I presume the one at 9th Av. north of 50th St. was being referred to) is closed permanently.

        1. re: Pan

          Nope I meant the one on second ave. YUMMMMY.

      2. had Grand Sichuan for the first time last night (though it was take-out from the St. Mark's branch). The soup dumplings were very good, though not the best I have had. The cumuber and scallion was nice, almost too flavorful, like it needed something to cut the richness of the sauce (mint? some kind of creme?). The minced chicken was good, not great. interestingly I found it a bit bland, could have used a bit more spice and even salt.

        All in all however I though the meal was good. The food tadted fresh and was not as heavy as run of the mill chinese, the flavors were more interesting. I will go back and try different things.

        Now if I could only get that scallion smell off my breathe today.

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        1. re: maxine

          Which minced chicken dish did you have?

          Soup dumplings (xiaolong bao) are Shanghainese. Try the Sichuan Dumplings.

          And as Kayo posted below, do a search of recommendations of what to order. I know I've posted long lists of recommendations.

          1. re: Pan

            I carefully studied the boards before I ordered. I picked the cucumbers from that. But my choices were limited at the time because I did not have the take out menu and had to rely on the shorter menu. Also I was a bit intimidated by the super spicy stuff.

            The minced chicken was with peppers and veggies, again it was good but bland I had to add soy sauce to it.

            1. re: maxine

              Wow, having to add soy sauce. That doesn't sound right. I don't recognize the description of the dish. Which part of the menu was it from?

              If you want a moderately spicy chicken dish, their Kung Bao Chicken is excellent. I make it spicier by eating the hot peppers, but it's easy to avoid them.

              By the way, I do like and recommend the cold cucumber dish. Chacun a son gout. :-)

          2. re: maxine

            The takeout menu does not have all the dishes of the in-restaurant menu. Try to go in person next time. In any case, next time you get any chicken dish make sure you get it with the "freshly killed" chicken. It makes a huge difference. I'm going on Sunday!

            1. re: achevres

              I don't think you can get fresh-killed chicken at the St. Marks location. I'm not sure about the other locations.

          3. Working in Midtown hell, Grand Sichuan is pretty much the only thing to eat that's halfway decent. I'm a huge fan of ma la flavors in general, so I love how they make Ox tongue and tripe. I usually order the appetizer for a cheap (but very filling) lunch. Ma Po Tofu is better than most but very greasy, though I shouldn't be surprised since most of their food seems to be garnished like the Exxon-Valdez.

            1. There are countless threads on the boards about what menu items to order - in great detail. (all the restaurants have basically the same menu). You might want to do a quick search.