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artgirl Feb 2, 2011 08:30 AM

recommendations for decent Chinese, takeout or not, on the upper Westside, 90th - 96th streets, bet B'way and CPW.?

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  1. LNG212 RE: artgirl Feb 2, 2011 10:00 AM

    I can't think of anything in that small area. You might try Pearls on 98th & Amsterdam. We've had good food ordering in from them (we've never eaten there). (Note: it's pretty standard, but good, Chinese American and not anything spectacular.)

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    Pearls
    796 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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      fatty_mouthfeel RE: LNG212 Jan 24, 2013 02:12 PM

      Can you (or anyone) elaborate on what's worth eating from Pearls? The consensus seems to be that they are not great but they have their moments. I'm in a bit of a delivery desert and will take the best I can get. What I've read is above-average so far: dumplings and other dim sum, Shanghainese dishes, duckling with ginger.

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        fatty_mouthfeel RE: fatty_mouthfeel Jan 25, 2013 09:39 AM

        Never mind, figured out that even though Pearls' website says "Free delivery within a 3 mile radius", they won't deliver to me...even though I'm 2.4 miles away. Get it together, Pearls.

        Hopefully the new UWS Legends will deliver here, but I'm not holding my breath.

    2. hambone RE: artgirl Feb 2, 2011 10:03 AM

      I'll get grief for saying it but I like Ollies.

      * The fried rice with basil is good (can be a little greasy so I ask for light oil.)
      * Beef chow fun in black bean sauce
      * Several good dumplings

      <woops>
      just saw geographical part.

      Never mind

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        artgirl RE: hambone Feb 2, 2011 10:27 AM

        Ollies to Go could work @89th and Bway. Thanks

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        Pan RE: artgirl Feb 4, 2011 08:27 PM

        In short, no, and I doubt there is any decent Chinese food in that area (caveat: I admittedly haven't tried Pearls, which LNG212 recommends). However, we order from the new Grand Sichuan on 75th and Amsterdam and pay a $5 supplement on delivery. Their Sichuan food so far has been perfectly good, but I wouldn't order any American-Chinese food from any of the Grand Sichuan restaurants.

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          amstrgy RE: Pan Feb 5, 2011 06:07 AM

          I like Grand Sichuan's Sichuan food also, though so far have only tried the lunch specials. In particular, the sliced chicken with chinese broccoli combined a light delicacy in the main saucing with a build up of ma la (the peppercorn mouth numbing) that got increasing pronounced, in a pleasant way, as I continued through the meal.

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            Pan RE: amstrgy Feb 5, 2011 07:47 AM

            I'm glad to hear you've liked the lunch specials. I tend to avoid lunch specials at Sichuan restaurants because, although some of the main dishes can be real, the extras they throw in tend not to be. I haven't tried any from this location.

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              Miss Needle RE: Pan Jan 25, 2013 09:04 AM

              Their lunch specials are not good (but I also don't like their regular menu stuff as well). It's the best (and I think only) Sichuan restaurant in the vicinity that will deliver to me which is why I order from them. Not sure where you're located to pay the $5 supplement. If you're south of the restaurant, I'd see if Szechuan Gourmet on 56th will deliver to you. If you're north, you're probably eligible for delivery at the new location of Legends (which sadly I'm not).

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                Pan RE: Miss Needle Feb 4, 2013 03:46 AM

                In 2011, I was living at 97th St. and West End. I no longer live there.

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            plf515 RE: Pan Jan 26, 2013 06:49 AM

            Their hot and sour soup is pretty good.

            I like the eel with garlic sauce and the spicy sour cellophane noodle soup.

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            arepo RE: artgirl Jan 24, 2013 02:46 PM

            Sorry, not much to choose from. The most upscale and popular (but why I cannot figure out) is Shun Lee in the Lincoln Center area.

            1. Steve R RE: artgirl Jan 24, 2013 06:51 PM

              A little north (W.110th, just a door east from Bdway) is the new branch of Legends.

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                uwsgrazer RE: Steve R Jan 25, 2013 07:15 AM

                Interesting, you mean the Legend that's on 7th Ave now has another location on W 110th? They haven't even updated their website yet, as far as I can tell. How is it? Comparable to the 7th Ave location which I still have to get to

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                  kathryn RE: uwsgrazer Jan 25, 2013 07:26 AM

                  Yes, the opening was all over the food blogs a few months ago. Some reviews here:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/883019

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                    Steve R RE: kathryn Jan 25, 2013 07:37 AM

                    Thanks kathryn. I was about to summarize my meal at the new place until I noticed that the thread you linked to has my post.

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                      uwsgrazer RE: Steve R Jan 25, 2013 08:01 AM

                      Thanks kathryn, and Steve R for your review. I guess I'll check it out some time when I'm in the area anyway.

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                        Skippy1414 RE: uwsgrazer Jan 25, 2013 11:21 PM

                        No big deal, but I believe it's on W 109th, isn't it?

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                          Alan Henderson RE: Skippy1414 Jan 26, 2013 07:03 AM

                          It is indeed on W 109 in the location that formerly housed Rack and Soul. I have not been too impressed with the few things that I've tried there, the double cooked pork, Chongqing Chicken, and another chicken dish that I'm not finding on the takeout menu I picked up. The vegetables have been good, string beans, sichuan cucumbers and mung bean jello (tears in eyes). Certainly a welcome addition to the neighborhood, but does not seem quite up to the level of some places, including their own 7th ave location, further downtown.

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                            fatty_mouthfeel RE: Alan Henderson Jan 26, 2013 02:23 PM

                            Just tried it last night. Tend to agree that it's not spectacular. Agree that the string beans were good. Pork dumplings in chili oil were pretty good and cumin lamb was a bit of a disappointment. Oddly, basic white rice was dried out and cold. I would eat here if I were nearby but wouldn't seek it out.

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                plf515 RE: artgirl Jan 26, 2013 06:47 AM

                Not exactly that neighborhood but Canteen on Columbus and 83 isn't bad for some things (their juicy buns are nice, the pork with soy/ginger isn't bad but is way too much food for one person, the big bowl duck soup is OK).

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