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Szechuan Gourmet

Had dinner at Szechuan Gourmet last night and thought I would start a new thread, as when I was searching yesterday I couldn't find any threads specifically about this restaurant.

Overall, we enjoyed the meal. Our waiter was great. If I needed a good meal in the neighborhood, I would def come back.

We had:

spicy cucumbers--these were great, would order them again
smoked tofu with asian celery--this wasn't bad, but doesn't hold a candle to the version served at spicy and tasty, which is one of my fave dishes of all time
dan dan noodles--i order these for the kids and they were fine, but not spectacular in any way
szechuan pork dumplings with roasted chili soy--these were excellent, the best rendition i've had. very garlicky. i would come back for these alone.
braised fish filets with napa and roasted chili--hands down the best dish of the night. unbelievably delicious, and much better than the version at S & P.
crispy lamb with cumin--good, but i prefer the version at grand sichuan in bay ridge and even the version at the st. mark's place.
stir-fried string beans--okay, but better other places
sauteed pea leaves--these were very good. at other places they are often either overcooked or greasy. here they were perfectly cooked and fresh-tasting
braised assorted mushrooms casserole--good dish if you like mushrooms, which i do
10 ingredient lo mein--not a bad rendition. i enjoyed it. this was ordered by a member of our party who ordered a lot of cantonese dishes. the pork spare ribs were awful, the wonton soup mediocre and the general tso's chicken okay, but these things aren't what i go to a szechuan restaurant for. i would order the lo mein again, tho, partly for the kids and partly as a complementary dish for all the spicy szechuan stuff, b/c it did taste good here.

haven't tried the other szechuan place across the st, so can't compare, but on the whole i would say better than the st mark's or 23rd st place, but not as good as S &P or grand sichuan in bay ridge. Still haven't made it to little pepper, so can't speak to how it stacks up there.

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Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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  1. Give Lan Sheng a try. It's on the same block at Szechuan Gourmet.

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    Szechuan Gourmet
    21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    Lan Sheng
    60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      LS is just not not as good as SG and has a much more limited menu.

      1. re: gutsofsteel

        Yes, I think SG has gone way down hill. Probably a victim of it's success after the Bruni review. I much prefer Lan Sheng these days, though like all Chinese restuarants in Manhattan there are some land mines on the menu. Beef dish with napa cabbage was a positive stand out. Also really enjoyed some of their rabbit dishes.

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        Lan Sheng
        60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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          1. re: kathryn

            thanks. but how do you pull those up when the search is limited to the last year?

            1. re: missmasala

              If you type Szechuan Gourmet into "search this board" you can cull from 10+ pages of various reviews, not all about SG though. But enough.

              1. re: scoopG

                I did that, but none of them had "Szechuan Gourmet" in the heading.

              2. re: missmasala

                I sorted by relevance and changed the date to "past 5 years."

                1. re: kathryn

                  hmm, didn't know you could do that. not that techno-savvy. but thanks for the tip!

            2. SG obviates the need to have to head to Flushing for good Sichuan chow. That said, IMO Little Pepper is better than Spicy and Tasty.

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              1. re: scoopG

                i will make it to little pepper one of these days. lately my sichuan meals have all been with a big crowd, and for some reason i assume little pepper is too small to accomodate us.

                1. re: missmasala

                  little pepper is better than spicy and tasty (to me) and would def be fine for a large group as i have done that often. they move to a new and bigger space sometime this summer fyi. but SG is a great manhattan substitute as is lan sheng!

                  1. re: djk

                    I would agree that Little Pepper is better than Spicy and Tasty. Lan Sheng comes up a bit short for me for inconsistent use of Sichuan peppercorns; some dishes lack true ma-la authenticity. Also their menu has far less items than SG.

                  2. re: missmasala

                    It's small but they have 3 big tables - was there with a group of 16 last weekend at lunchtime and there was no problem in accommodating us at 2 of the tables.

                2. oh, and i forgot we ordered the tea-smoked duck, which was not very good. a big disappointment.

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                  1. re: missmasala

                    And the tea smoked duck was a disappointment because...?