Funny--my first two thoughts were Chengdu 23 and TS Ma as well, but I didn't think C23 would deliver, and while I def enjoy TS Ma, I don't think it's *interesting* Chinese food. Definitely better quality for the basics that you'll find in a 'generic' place, but this isn't Sichuan, whereas C23 very definitely IS!
I say try both, but if you need delivery, TS Ma is a good choice.
wblorch - We used to go to China Garden years ago, but, then they lost Chef Lu and over the years things were never the same. Sometimes the food was very good and sometimes very bad. Have you been there recently? I would like to try them again, but, the last time I spent a ton of money for take out and it was almost inedible.
Chengdu 23 is excellent, but, they do not deliver especially to Clifton.
I have found one that is as good or IMHO a little better than Chengdu 23 and they do deliver to Clifton. It is
199 Bellevue Ave.,
Upper Montclair, NJ
We have eaten there several times and had deliver to our friends house in Clifton a couple of times. They use everything fresh not processed and their food is really delicious. We were so happy to find them. My favorites are chicken with eggplant and chicken Lo Mein and especially love their veggie wonton soup.
You can even order online.