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Mar 27, 2010 05:04 PM

Help! Why isn't there a single good chinese delivery restaurant in the East Village?

Am I wrong? Please lead me to the glory if I am.

I've ordered from everywhere (at least I think) and believe it or not it seems the best we can do is to have Suzie's on Bleeker Street bring us our grub all the way to Ave. B (yes, they will!)

And they are marginal at best.

Plump dumpling is "ok" but not the answer. They mess up the orders all the time and the ingredients are suspect. Grand Sichuan is vastly overrated imho.

Please help.

Thank you.

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    1. Dude, I feel your pain. My Chinese delivery experiences have ranged from 'passable' to 'oh God, I feel sorry for the toilet'. I really don't understand why the EV is such a Black Hole for delivery. Honestly, I really don't mind Grand Sichuan on St. Marks. They can be a bit fickle about delivering to Avenue C. Anyone else have any better luck?

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      1. re: EV_Eats

        Totally agree about the Chinese in the EV -- embarrassingly bad -- except Grand Sichuan. I got them to deliver to me once (I'm on 4th btw C and D), and only once, years ago, but they have refused every other time I've tried.

        Would love to know about an alternative if there is one.

      2. Well a possible answer to your question that won't help you in your quest is that East Village is a little too close to Chinatown. I've noticed both in New York and other cities that whenever there is a concentration of good Chinese food, that is often accompanied by an outer geographic ring where there is no good Chinese food at all. Not sure what the dynamics are--perhaps it's that for serious eaters Chinatown is close enough, leaving the territory to less discriminating diners. Whatever the reason, it is a recurring phenomenon.

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        1. re: Chandavkl

          Yes but in a city as dense in NYC? You would think one ingenious person/family/organization would see the opportunity here.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            Chandavkl, i think you are onto something there...if Chowhound had a Phd thesis program, this is exactly what would be a good topic...(note: i am not joking, The Demographics of Authentic Food Availibility is a topic near&dear to me)...

            note to the OP: i am right now eating some St.Marks Gr.Sichuan and it's pretty great...

            1. re: Simon

              I think Grand Sichuan St Marks is good but I only ever order Sichuan dishes there (smoked tea duck, dan dan noodles, wontons in red oil, gui zhou spicy chicken, cumin beef with mantao) or selected other items like cucumbers in scallion sauce or the pork soup dumplings.

              Sounds like the OP wants Americanized Chinese food a la orange beef and broccoli, cashew chicken, beef broccoli, sweet and sour pork?

              1. re: kathryn

                if the OP wants Sweet&Sour Pork, etc, i'm sure any place is as good as the next?...he can order from somewhere like Cafetasia (which is vaguely Thai but can prob do the Ch-Am dishes ok?)...

                At GS/St.M, i order the same as you do, but i'd guess the Ch-Amer dishes are at least as good/bad as they are any other place in Manhattan?...

                38 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003

          2. We are not all the way east (Astor Place) but feel the same way. We have now resorted to ordering from Chinatown Brasserie on occasion (not cheap, but consistently quite good) and Spice (not really what we want when we want Chinese takeout, but will do). When we lived in Soho, we ordered from Suzie's but we finally gave up, it was so mediocre we decided it wasn't worth eating the food.

            Chinatown Brasserie
            380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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            1. re: susan robin

              have you tried tina on 13th & 3rd? they seemt o deliver EVERYWHERE...
              definitely not great but i used to order from them quite a bit and never had anything that made me feel sick... what a sad endorsement...

              1. re: El Tigre

                Yeah Tina and Yummy House are what we resort to as well -- only in desperate times. Really not very good. We usually opt for Thai or (until recently) Burmese instead.

                I guess at least it does make me less lazy. If I want good Chinese I have to actually leave the house and go get it.

                Yummy House
                76 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                1. re: El Tigre

                  I swore they closed YEARS ago and just forwarded their number to a Murray Hill Chinese that fills their orders. No?

                  1. re: filmbomb

                    I think that's true. I wanna say the last time I ordered, it actually came from Red House (on 14th), which was around the corner from where it used to be, but the food tasted EXACTLY the same, so no big. Probably the same folks.

                    Red House
                    203 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

              2. Yummy House
                76 3rd Avenue
                New York, NY 10003

                Yummy House
                76 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003