Szechuan Garden, Phoenix Garden or Tang Pavillion?
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?
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.
242 E 40th St, New York, NY 10016
338 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
339 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
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.
65 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
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.