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Dec 14, 2010 10:41 AM

Famous Sichuan is the Real Deal

Famous Sichuan on Pell Street in Chinatown is a Sichuan restaurant to be respected. After sampling a poor mapo tofu at the new place at 75th and Amsterdam yesterday I was hungry for the real thing. Famous Sichuan's mapo tofu, which they call Bean Curd Sichuan style is very good. As a lunch special for $5.50 it is fantastic. I've also had their their double sauteed pork "chengdu style" and it was great.

Famous Sichuan
10 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. I've had the Chedgdu Style double sauteed pork from Famous Sichuan during lunch a number of times. It is up there with my very favorite dishes to eat in NYC.

    Famous Sichuan
    10 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

    1. Finally managed to stop into Famous Sichuan and made all the better for it on a cold winter evening. While their bench is certainly nowhere as deep as Szechuan Gourmet they are doing some dishes right and the menu is worth exploring further. Seems my table was the only one not having Sichuan Hot Pot. The only regrettable item ordered was Dan Dan Noodles. Although not drenched in red-hot chili oil like many other versions around town, this was a very limp offering that was tasteless. Having much more meat sauce would be a good start to improving their version. The hits were:

      Ox Tongue Tripe with Chili Sauce – could really taste the ma-la here.

      Sliced Conch with Chili Sauce – When our waiter, Mr. Liu (刘) was pressed with “Isn’t this going to be like the Ox Tongue and Tripe?” he assured us it wasn’t and he was right. No Sichuan peppercorns here.

      Chengdu Double Sautéed Pork (Twice-Cooked Pork) was divine. Lovely taste of sour pickle in this dish and days later I can still taste it and smile.

      Sautéed Snow Pea Shoots – delcious and seasoned just right.

      Frog Legs with Peppers – lightly deep-fried, on the bone and on the mark.

      Sautéed Bitter Melon – with a few smashed salted black beans. Provided a great contrast to the other dishes.

      Braised Whole Fish with Sichuan Chili Miso Sauce – Here the fish was Crucian Carp (鰂魚 – Zhe2 Yu2). The Sichuan Chili Miso Sauce was addicting with hints of saltiness, sweetness and spice.



      Famous Sichuan
      10 Pell Street
      New York, NY 10013
      Tel: 212-233-3888
      Fax: 212-233-3588

      Open everyday:
      Sun. to Thurs: 11 am to 10:30 pm
      Fri & Sat: 11 am to 11 pm

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      1. re: scoopG

        Well done scoopG. Excellent round-up and including pictures of the dishes is a great help.

        1. re: scoopG

          I went for dinner tonight. I got the Spicy Chengdu Noodles and the Braised Fish and Napa Cabbage in Chili Sauce, or at least I think those were the names they gave to the dishes. Neither was unbelievably great, but both were good. The noodles were essentially in a chili oil vinaigrette and, while nowhere near as good as the somewhat different Noodles with Chili Sauce that Spicy & Tasty makes, they were fine. I've had that braised fish dish in other places. I think Grand Sichuan St Marks' version might be a bit better, or at least on par. But their menu is interesting, they served it at a good "normal Sichuan-style" spiciness level for me (as I asked for it to be), and I plan on coming back to try other dishes.

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          1. We were here on Sunday night. We came with a Chinese friend (not from Sichuan) who ordered for us. The upside was that he had been to the restaurant before and knew what and how to order. The downside was that he didn't order us any appetizers. (We were a large party, so we basically let him go to it.) We had the lamb with cumin sauce, a couple of beef dishes, the kung pao chicken and a few vegetable dishes. I don't know enough about Sichuan cuisine to know if this was the "real deal," but the meal was spicy, satisfying and affordable. We all left very full and happy at $17 per person.

            Famous Sichuan
            10 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

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            1. re: foodmonk

              Did you notice if they are still serving hot pot?

              1. re: mookleknuck

                Several tables of diners had ordered the hot pot.

            2. Is their "dinner" menu available at lunch time? I'd prefer to order from that than from their lunch specials as there is clearly more variety. But I worry given that they specifically call it the "Dinner" menu on their website.

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                1. re: adorno

                  Pick a fish out of their tank and have the chef prepare it with sichuan chili miso sauce. delectable

                  1. re: adorno

                    No reason to worry about that. I actually can't think of a Chinese restaurant that serves only lunch specials at lunch; maybe some Chinese-American takeout places do that, but not a serious Sichuan-style restaurant.