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Szechuan Garden, Phoenix Garden or Tang Pavillion?

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We are meeting my parents after a Sunday matinee for obligatory "Sunday night Chinese." There will be seven of us and we're looking for best overall food quality (not concerned as much with ambiance). Which of these (or any other mid-town option) would you suggest?

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  1. We like Phoenix Garden. We have not tried the others. If I am not mistaken they only take cash and might be BYOB. Call ahead to confirm.
    Otherwise, there are two more excellent choices nearby on Lexington Ave & 40 ST:
    Mapo Tofu and Hunan Manor across the street.

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    Phoenix Garden
    242 E 40th St, New York, NY 10016

    Mapo Tofu
    338 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Hunan Manor
    339 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: Motosport

      +1 on Phoenix Garden. Cash only and byob.

    2. Unless you enjoy sweetness in every single dish, I don't recommend Tang Pavilion. Their shredded tofu sheets with soy beans is very good, but their general over-sugaring really bothers me. For me, I only go to Tang Pavilion for the shredded tofu sheet dish.

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      Tang Pavilion
      65 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        That's odd because we don't find their Shanghai specialties too sweet. May have spent too much time in Suzhou ;-)
        Love Tang P but we get the same dishes all the time -- can't comment on what their American Chinese food is like, if that's what's wanted.

      2. We used to go to Phoenix Garden 20 years ago, when it was in the small alley in Chinatown. It was excellent. Then it closed due to the construction fiasco next door, then it didn't open, then it finally opened uptown. Years ago we had gone a few times, yet after the first couple of meals we noticed a real drop off in quality. I hope it is back to where it was and we will try it. We like Cantonese and its near impossible to find north of Chinatown.

        Sichuan Garden will be very different. Haven't tried Tang Pavillion.

        Frankly, if may just be worthwhile to hop in a taxi and head to Chinatown.