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Good fried chicken restaurant in Koreatown

Yes and the soju there is crazy.

Nov 08, 2013
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Stone bowl dishes in Legend 72

Ordered stone bowl dishes in Legend 72 several days ago. Good and unusual. I remember I saw similar dishes in Korean town a lot but first time in a szechuan restaurant. The flavors are completely different from Korean food for sure but hot and spicy and nice in this cold weather. Can anyone comment on it? Is it really authentic szechuan or they are just being experimental because this is in New York?

Nov 08, 2013
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Tea flavored short rib

I had tea smoked duck in Szechuan restaurant before. Do they have other tea-flavored items?

Sep 10, 2012
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Where can I buy canned monk fish liver paste?

I will give it a try first. But will keep the warning in mind. Preparing it from scratch seems way beyond my capability.

Sep 05, 2012
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Where can I buy canned monk fish liver paste?

Great. Thanks for the pointer!

Sep 05, 2012
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Where can I buy canned monk fish liver paste?

I had monk fish liver both in Tokyo and Manhattan restaurant. It's delicious. I want to use it in place of duck liver mousse in my home recipe. Can anyone kindly point me the right place? A search on internet turned out nothing.

Sep 02, 2012
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Valentines for two students

Trying to come up with some idea for myself. This is very useful information. Thanks!

Jan 31, 2011
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Best Pan Fried Bun (Sheng Jian Bao ) and other Shanghai dish

I tried both. Not quite impressed.

Jan 06, 2011
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Best Pan Fried Bun (Sheng Jian Bao ) and other Shanghai dish

Tried Prosperity yesterday for lunch. The experience was mediocre at the best. The worst part was that even in Chinatown standard you can't help think they should do something about hygienic conditions.

Jan 06, 2011
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Where to find great umami taste?

Crispo is close to where I live. Do you know what ingredients make their Spaghetti carbonara special?

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Crispo
240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Jan 06, 2011
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Where to find great umami taste?

Had sushi in Restaurant Nippon before and was not particularly impressed. Will try Soba as suggested. Thanks.

Jan 06, 2011
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Where to find great umami taste?

I tried shittake mushroom in several Japanese places but unsatisfied. Can someone please recommend some places to taste? Don't want to have anything to do with MSG but just blissful umami taste from nature. Any style anywhere in Manhattan is fine. Thanks!

Jan 06, 2011
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Seeking Peking Duck with soft bun

The soft dun was actually innovated by Cantonese partly because they don't enjoy the scallion and sweet sauce as much as northern Chinese do. It has nothing to do with how juicy or plump the duck is, at least in terms of its origination.

Jan 04, 2011
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Best Pan Fried Bun (Sheng Jian Bao ) and other Shanghai dish

Looks very nice. Never heard my friend mentioned it. Will try it out. Thanks!

Dec 30, 2010
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Best Pan Fried Bun (Sheng Jian Bao ) and other Shanghai dish

Thanks for the suggestion. Definitely will try Old Sichuan one day.

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Old Sichuan
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

Dec 30, 2010
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Best Pan Fried Bun (Sheng Jian Bao ) and other Shanghai dish

Looks very interesting. Thanks!

Dec 28, 2010
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Best Pan Fried Bun (Sheng Jian Bao ) and other Shanghai dish

I recommend Nice Green Bo Restaurant . Don't know if anyone here ever tried it. I remember my Shanghai friends took me there years ago, then I just kept going back there until I left for China last year.

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Nice Green Bo
66 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

Dec 28, 2010
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Translated: Ranking of Sichuan Restaurant in Manhattan by People from Sichuan

This post included 21 replies from readers on its earlier version. And there are more replies on its newer versions. I don't want to say the number proves its accuracy. We all know this is just a personal preference thing. Just since we are discussing one type of ethnic food, it should be relevent to be aware of basic ethnic difference, even the sample pool is very small. For example, I believe most of my sichuan friends couldn't care less about how Sheng Jian Bao is in a restaurant, some of them don't even know what it is. But shanghai friends would think it's a critical factor to judge a restaurant.

Dec 20, 2010
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Translated: Ranking of Sichuan Restaurant in Manhattan by People from Sichuan

If Sichuan restaurant can gain popularity in Chinatown, it would mark a major change in neighborhood taste. Looking at what has happened in Beijing and Hong Kong, one would think this is only a matter of time. But can Chinatown change as fast as China? :)

Dec 19, 2010
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Translated: Ranking of Sichuan Restaurant in Manhattan by People from Sichuan

From what i read so far, this list underwent several versions by different people to include reader's replies literally. It is interesting to compare the reaction to the list between here and on the chinese site. It generated many replies on both. On Chinese website the readers were posting their own opinions, which were included in later versions. There are no serious disputes on the ranking at all. They seemed either largely agree with it or not care about it.
According to my Sichuan friends, Ollies, Grand Sichuan and Famous Sichuan are all acceptable places for authentic Sichuan food. The only problem with Famous Sichuan is actually its location. Chinatown is dominated by Cantonese and Fujianese, who generally dislike spicy food. It looks like Sichuan people don't associate Chinatown with authentic Sichuan food so they just rarely go down there as the post mentioned. The newly-opened Old Sichuan may face the same problem.

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Famous Sichuan
10 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

Old Sichuan
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

Dec 18, 2010
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Translated: Ranking of Sichuan Restaurant in Manhattan by People from Sichuan

Thanks for the summary

Dec 17, 2010
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Translated: Ranking of Sichuan Restaurant in Manhattan by People from Sichuan

According to my sichuan friends, those ones on 2nd avenue, from 85th street to 23rd street, are almost all adapted more or less to american taste. The only exception probably is the Grand Sichuan on 55th street due to its large chinese client base. It doesn't mean those are not good. It is just if you are looking for "authentic" Sichuan food, you might not get what you would have got in Sichuan.

Dec 17, 2010
ny2beijing in Manhattan

Translated: Ranking of Sichuan Restaurant in Manhattan by People from Sichuan

A friend of mine forwarded me the link and asked me to translate it into English. The original post is:
http://www.mitbbs.com/article_t/NewYo...
You have to read chinese If you want to know more details. I really want to do a full translation when I have time. Maybe someone here can help out too.

Ranking:
1. Legend (88 7th Ave(between 15th&16th
)2. Grand Sichuan (2nd Ave & 55th, 56th St)
3. Szechuan Gourmet (21 W 39TH ST )
4. Ollie's 42nd (42nd st & 9th Ave)
5. Lan Sheng (60 WEST 39 STREET )
6. Grand Sichuan, St. Marks (19 ST MARKS PLACE )
7. Wu Liang Ye (48 St & 5th Ave)
8. Wa Jeal (1588 2 AVENUE)
9. Famous Sichuan (10 PELL STREET )
10. Pearl's (732 7 AVENUE)

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Wu Liang Ye
36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Famous Sichuan
10 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

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

Wa Jeal
1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Lan Sheng
60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Dec 17, 2010
ny2beijing in Manhattan