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West Lake Palace UWS

That would not surprise me. They were just not any good.

Aug 14, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

West Lake Palace UWS

Yeah, there is a new one there on the UWS, but it is no where near as good as the original!

Aug 13, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

West Lake Palace UWS

My favorite Szechuan places in Manhattan now are Szechuan Gourmet on 39th St. off 5th Ave (get the cumin lamb and pork belly with chili leeks!) and Grand Sichuan and 24th and 9th Ave. (get the mabo tofu, jellyfish and chicken with hot peppers!)

I lived in Kobe for years and lots of my family is still there.

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Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Grand Sichuan
229 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Aug 13, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

West Lake Palace UWS

I don't think so. I loved those too! I get mine at other Szechuan places in the city now.

Where in Japan are you from?

Aug 13, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

Authentic Japanese MIdtown West?

My wife and I just moved from UWS to Midtown West near Port Authority. We're looking for an authentic and reasonably priced Japanese place that delivers. Not so much sushi but more Japanese comfort foods, like karage, shogayaki, okyakodon, etc. (Bento Delight was our go to joint on UWS.) We've tried Ajisai and Azuki so far with no luck; the food is not the real deal, their recipes more fusion-ized. Love Go Go Curry, but can only do curry so often. Saw Washoku changed to Ronin but they don't deliver yet. Hagi doesn't deliver. Any help out there getting a taste of home in the heart of NYC?

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Go Go Curry
273 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

Hagi
152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

Ronin Bar & Grill
9 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016

Azuki
520 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Ajisai
615 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Jun 05, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

UWS rejoice! Grand Sichuan coming to Amsterdam

Seeing activity on this thread made me hungry so we ordered in from Grand Sichuan last night for the first time in a few months. Came quickly, nice and hot, tasted great! My only complaint is that their Gui Zhou Spicy Chicken was no where near spicy enough. Even compared to past orders if memory serves. Ended up adding extra heat on my own. But still the best Chinese joint in this area, IMO.

Apr 24, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

Waterfront Alehouse before Paddy Reilly's or somewhere else?

If you do end up at Waterfront, which I recommend, don't leave without a bottle of their homemade hot sauce!

Jan 15, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

BEST CHEAP EATS ON UPPER WESTSIDE?

I second the recos for Fatty Crab (amazing sliders!), Kefi, Luke's Lobster (but maybe not the best for a sit down), B. Cafe, and Pio Pio (where everything is good, but with high noise levels at times.) If you do feel like sushi, I recommend Momoya over Haru. Enjoy!

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Pio Pio Salon
702 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Momoya
427 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Kefi
505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Fatty Crab
643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Luke's Lobster
93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Jan 15, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

UWS rejoice! Grand Sichuan coming to Amsterdam

We've eaten here twice now and I'm happy to report both experiences, with different items ordered each time, were rather positive. Both the Chong Qing Spicy Chicken and Gui Zhou Spicy Chicken were excellent; spicy and flavorful but not overly hot and overpowering. Although my wife felt they skimped on the size of the pieces and included a little too much skin the time we had the Gui Zhou. The cellophane noodles with minced pork were cooked perfectly and the dan dan noodles were quite tasty as well. Their scallion pancake was simple and standard, nothing to write home about but perfectly acceptable. The only disappointments at each meal were the dumplings; first the Sichuan wontons in hot oil, and then the pan-fried pork dumplings. Both were gummy and chewy, luke-warm and lacking any real flavor, unfortunately. But all in all, I was happy with the quality of the food and service and will keep going back.

Jan 15, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

Chef Yasuda is leaving Sushi Yasuda

Tried Tori Shin. Wasn't that impressed. Personally prefer Totto. But I guess that's a discussion for another board. As is our argument about where the best ramen in Japan is. :)

Jan 03, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

West Lake Palace UWS

Yeah, I kind of suspected that, but I'm always a sucker for "Szechuan" pork belly. Thanks for the head's up! I'll keep it in mind if I ever order again.

Jan 03, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

West Lake Palace UWS

Anyone else here tried the new place yet?

I was a big Silk Road Palace fan and sad to see Frank and co. go, especially in that manner. So I was thrilled to see a new Chinese joint open in its place with a similar menu, with some Szechuan additions, and some familiar faces. (But no Frank.) Thrilled until we tried the food, that is...

We were so disappointed. The egg roll was dry and bland. Their dumplings are now gyoza style, which I don't mind, except these were soggy and tasteless. The pork belly with chili leeks was a far cry from what I get a Szechuan Gourmet, undercooked pork drowned in black bean sauce (??) with an overabundance of greens in an almost inedible mish-mash. The only decent thing we had was their mixed ingredient rice noodles, but even they needed to be enhanced a bit with a dash of salt, which I always hate doing.

I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt as it was their first week and suck it up and go back and try some old standby dishes in the next few weeks and keep you posted. But West Lake is not off to a good start, IMO.

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Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

West Lake Palace
447 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Jan 03, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

Chef Yasuda is leaving Sushi Yasuda

I'll agree with you here about Yasuda and Ippudo, but not Totto. Some of the yakitori I have had there has been better than a lot of yakitori I've eaten in Japan over the last 20 years. The liver and bonchiri especially. The quality of their chicken, preparation and grilling is equal on many levels to what you get across the Pacific.

I am sorry to see Yasuda-san go though. He was definitely one of the best in NYC and he will be missed. I went to see him right before Christmas for one final meal and he made us a sushi feast we will not soon forget, pulling out all the stops with local and seasonal specialties even we had never seen. Looking forward to seeing what he does in Tokyo next!

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Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Jan 03, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

UWS rejoice! Grand Sichuan coming to Amsterdam

Just back from the holidays and am thrilled to hear this news! Szechuan on the UWS?! A happy new year already. My wife and I are planning on checking it out tonight. Thanks for heads up and all the early reviews!

Jan 03, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan

UWS rejoice! Grand Sichuan coming to Amsterdam

Which Fairfield County, CT place, if you don't mind my asking? (Is this the proper forum to ask?) Grew up there and go back a few times a month, but have only ever found one or two places to get decent Chinese, one joint in Bethel and the other in Shelton. Always curious. Thanks!

Jan 03, 2011
CBCebulski in Manhattan