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.
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.
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
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.
60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
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