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Dec 17, 2010 07:58 AM

Translated: Ranking of Sichuan Restaurant in Manhattan by People from Sichuan

A friend of mine forwarded me the link and asked me to translate it into English. The original post is:
You have to read chinese If you want to know more details. I really want to do a full translation when I have time. Maybe someone here can help out too.

1. Legend (88 7th Ave(between 15th&16th
)2. Grand Sichuan (2nd Ave & 55th, 56th St)
3. Szechuan Gourmet (21 W 39TH ST )
4. Ollie's 42nd (42nd st & 9th Ave)
5. Lan Sheng (60 WEST 39 STREET )
6. Grand Sichuan, St. Marks (19 ST MARKS PLACE )
7. Wu Liang Ye (48 St & 5th Ave)
8. Wa Jeal (1588 2 AVENUE)
9. Famous Sichuan (10 PELL STREET )
10. Pearl's (732 7 AVENUE)

Wu Liang Ye
36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Famous Sichuan
10 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

Szechuan Gourmet
244 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Wa Jeal
1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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

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  1. I have been to Sichuan Province more that 12 times and Grand Sichuan on 2nd is the real deal and delicious-although the service is hit or miss and they have raised the prices. I crave the burn!
    Perhaps I will have to give legend a try as I have never been there.

    1. Thanks. I chuckled at the comments for Wu Liang Ye. 狗眼看人低

      Wu Liang Ye
      36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: changy

        Care to translate or summarize some? Edit: Never mind; I read your summary below.

      2. It's nice to see Ollie's on this list, and at a respectable position too. Not to say that Ollie's is the bestest of the best, but I think it's underrated on Chowhound.

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        1. re: CatoUWS

          Agreed, and I've never even heard of Ollie's! I should try it soon.

          1. re: CatoUWS

            Since when is Ollie's a Sichuan restaurant?

            1. re: harrison

              Since '07, and only the 42nd St. location ...

              411 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

              1. re: squid kun

                Wow - never knew. Only sampled the UWS wonton/egg roll/general tso's branch

          2. How's the Google translation? Is it any good, even if clunky - as usual with 'mechanical' translation?

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            1. re: huiray

              Hmm not really. Here's a summary, note that I am not familiar with the name of the dishes in english, so some of them might be a little literal.

              1. Legend (88 7th Ave(between 15th&16th) - Extensive menu. Authentic food. Popular dishes are fish cooked in pickled cabbage and hot oil and spicy/pepper chicken. Variety of small bites. Serves hotpot. Must have head chef cook, sous chef tends to oversalt. 5 stars
              2. Grand Sichuan (2nd Ave & 55th, 56th St) - Pretty good with the spiciness and numbness. Popular dish: Fish cooked in hot oil. 4 stars
              3. Szechuan Gourmet (21 W 39TH ST) - A few good dishes. Ok food. 3 stars
              4. Ollie's 42nd (42nd st & 9th Ave) - Interesting decor, pretty authentic, declining quality. 3 stars
              5. Lan Sheng (60 WEST 39 STREET ) - Chef used to work at szechuan gourment, similar taste. 3 star
              6. Grand Sichuan, St. Marks (19 ST MARKS PLACE ) - The food is very inconsistent between stores. Good for take out at best. 2 stars
              7. Wu Liang Ye (48 St & 5th Ave) - Average taste. Targeted towards westerners. Nothing special. Dirty. Mostly negative comments from forum posters. 1 Star

              The rest are average, not very memorable.

              Wu Liang Ye
              36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

              Szechuan Gourmet
              244 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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

              1. re: changy

                Surprised Szechuan Chalet isn't on the list.

                Szechuan Chalet
                1395 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  +1 - I ate there last week and the ma po tofu and the dumplings were stand-outs. It's a better room than any of the others too. Not so grimy.

                  1. re: Scotty100

                    There's an extensive discussion on Szechuan food going on in this thread:

                  2. re: gutsofsteel

                    According to my sichuan friends, those ones on 2nd avenue, from 85th street to 23rd street, are almost all adapted more or less to american taste. The only exception probably is the Grand Sichuan on 55th street due to its large chinese client base. It doesn't mean those are not good. It is just if you are looking for "authentic" Sichuan food, you might not get what you would have got in Sichuan.

                    1. re: changy

                      Here is what I read in the Chinese report cited by the OP:

                      (Please note that I have switched the order, based on Biohazard’s apportioned quality stars. So Wa Jeal (two stars) is now #7 and Wu Liang Ye with (one star) drops to the eighth spot!)

                      1.) Legend: Five Stars. Great décor, good bar with a complete menu. Authentic Sichuan here with many Chengdu appetizers. Best dishes are their hotpot and fish cooked in pickled vegetables.

                      2.) Grand Sichuan (2nd & 55th) : Four Stars. Ma-la flavor not bad here. Has been open for many years. Their signature dish is Fish Cooked in Oil.

                      3.) Szechuan Gourmet: Three Stars. Several good dishes here done home-style. Good location, steady business but poor service.

                      4.) Ollie’s (42nd & 9th): Three Stars. Very orthodox. Used to be an old family favorite but high kitchen turnover has led to a decline in quality.

                      5.) Lan Sheng: Three Stars.

                      6.) Grand Sichuan, St. Mark’s: Two Stars.

                      7.) Wa Jeal: Two Stars. Don’t remember the location cause a friend drove me. Home-style flavor is not too bad. Not a good place to meet folks but better for take-out.

                      8.) Wu Liang Ye: One Star. Ordinary. This place’s flavor is for foreigners and is nothing special.

                      9.) Famous Sichuan: One Star. Too little time spent here but it is nothing special.

                      10.) Pearls: One Star. Twice cooked Pork is OK; their Ma Po Dofu is dreadful. Nothing really distinguishing here.

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