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Grand Sichuan Times Square

holldoll Dec 6, 2011 12:03 PM

We are going with a large group to the theater and were wondering if this is a good place to eat?
We want Chinese and it would be more convenient than trucking to C-Town.
Has anyone been here recently and if the experience was good, what was ordered?

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    kathryn RE: holldoll Dec 6, 2011 12:30 PM

    If in the area, I would personally choose Szechuan Gourmet, but I assume the W46th St Grand Sichuan is closer to your theater.

    Overall I find that GS is pretty good, assuming you plan to order from the non-Americanized sections of the menu.

    Based upon my experiences with the GS's elsewhere (Jersey City, West Village, Chelsea, and East Village), I recommend the cucumbers in scallion sauce, dan dan noodles, gui zhou spicy chicken, cumin beef, mapo tofu, and tea smoked duck.

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

    Grand Sichuan
    368 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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      simon838 RE: holldoll Dec 6, 2011 03:50 PM

      I work in the area and find that Grand Sichuan is actually one of the better food options here. The lamb with cumin is awesome, the cured pork (essentially Chinese country ham) sautéed with chives and red chilies is also fantastic. The braised pork belly with chestnuts (called "red cooking pork" on the menu) is unctuous and rich. Dandan noodles are awesome, your mouth will be numb and tingly from the sichuan peppercorns. I can't imagine their American Chinese would be bad (general tso's, etc.) because overall they do quality work. They have a dish that I haven't tried yet that sounds insane: "Old Mom's Rabbit Head at Chengdu Airport." Whatever that is, I'm sure it's interesting to say the least...

      Grand Sichuan
      368 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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        UWSHomeCook RE: simon838 Apr 18, 2012 07:37 AM

        Simon - I felt the need to respond to your post. I ate at Grand Sichuan (W46th) last night and I was somewhat disappointed. Mainly in the "awesome" DanDan noodles. I found them incredibly mediocre. Spaghetti with some chili oil and a little bit of pork. The other two dishes I ordered were better. The Ma Po Tofu was good. Silky tofu in a nice, spicy sauce. And ChongQing Spicy Chicken. Tasty but not particularly memorable. I guess I expected better.

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          Maddash RE: simon838 May 5, 2012 11:39 AM

          After eyeing "Old Mom's Rabbit Head at Chengdu Airport," for a while, we ordered it last night with our delivery. 4 bucks, why not? Didn't realize it would actually BE a rabbit's head, cleaved in two and glazed with sauce. Ah. I'm ashamed to say none of us got up the guts to dig in. In a different setting, I think I'd be braver, but a rabbit's head in a take out container just doesn't call out to me. I know, cowardly. What can you do.

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            pslpsl RE: Maddash May 8, 2012 01:11 PM

            What airline did the rabbit's head arrive on? Did it get frequent flyer myles?

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              Maddash RE: pslpsl May 8, 2012 01:20 PM

              Don't you mean, 'hareline'? Boom.

        2. Miss Needle RE: holldoll Apr 18, 2012 08:29 AM

          If GS Times Square or Szechuan Gourmet doesn't work out, there's Ollie's on 42nd and 9th Ave that has a pretty good Szechuan menu. Note that this is different from all of the other Ollie's branches around the city.

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            UWSHomeCook RE: Miss Needle Apr 18, 2012 11:29 AM

            Unless Ollie's has vastly improved in the last 5 years, I'm not a fan. I'll stick with Chinatown. I loved the Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods (East Broadway location).

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              Miss Needle RE: UWSHomeCook Apr 18, 2012 12:29 PM

              I've only been to that Ollie's once and it was in the past 6 months. I thought it was perfectly fine -- not as good as Szechuan Gourmet, but the food was good. I haven't been to GS Midtown -- didn't even know that there was a location there until I saw this post.

              When was the last time you've been to Xi'an Famous Foods? Every since they have expanded, I've been consistently disappointed in the execution of the food. Cumin lamb noodles used to be one of my favorites. But the last time I was there the hand pulled noodles were made in advance versus to order. Spicing has been definitely toned down. Other peole I know also have reported similar incidents. Besides, the OP's got a large group and Xi'an Famous Foods (especially the E. Broadway location) will not be ideal.

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            knucklesandwich RE: holldoll Apr 18, 2012 12:39 PM

            In this neighborhood, SG>GSTS>Ollies.

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              JHunter RE: holldoll Apr 18, 2012 01:40 PM

              I enjoy Grand Sichuan, and have been to this location several times over that past couple of years. Meals have been OK, but I much prefer their other locations such as the one in St. Marks; the menu also seems limited in comparison. Dan Dan noodles are always good, though the cumin beef seemed one-dimensional compared to St. Marks'. The shredded potatoes were surprisingly good, and we had a chicken/vegetable dish (don't remember the name) that was quite tasty.

              Still, the last time I was there, the vibe just seemed to be very "down", with the staff just going through the motions (including a "B" from the health department). Perhaps it was just being there late in the evening on a weekday night in February, but I made a mental bet with myself that this location wouldn't be open in another year. Hope I'm wrong, as it's a decent post-theater choice in the TImes Square area.

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                sashae RE: holldoll May 5, 2012 05:33 PM

                I'd go for either Wu Liang Ye on 48th between 5th and 6th for Szechuan, or Tang Pavilion on 55th between 5th and 6th (ask for the special menu -- their regular Chinese menu is very meh.) Tang Pavilion's tofu skin with pea greens is fantastic.

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