OK...honey moon over..ha, ha
Ordered a Chicken in Garlic sauce...and it was worse than Suzi/Sammy
Literally thought it was a soup order; rubbery chicken strips; discolored vegs; oil pool on top...
Inconsistency is really what Chinese food needs to address to outgrow take-out roots
Tried the Gran Sichuan St. Marks
........And it was EPIC!
Ordered their General Tso and it litrally was the best I ever had after 20yrs in NYC!
Crisp, perfect chicken chunks (white meat, didnt have to ask), very good sauce (no oil) and fluffy rice; enjoyed every single piece and ran out of rice! Usually, with chinese...you have ur fill and leave some & rice 1/4 left.
This was amazing!!!!!
Now I am going to slit my wrists for having the best Chinese 7 blocks away and not knowing it for last 6 yrs !
Thanks Chow Hound
Classic NYC in Tribeca
...yes, you can walk in off st without reservation & get seat here and his others spots: Pastis., Balthazar, etc
So......I tried Gran Sichuan on 7th
Ordered the General Tso chicken (white meat requested); they said extra $2 for delivery to my area, $11.80 all in for a Small
They forgot the white rice (is that extra?!)
Anyway, it was good. BIG Chunks of chicken breast (like 10+); sauce was rich and had 15 red peppers in it. No oil; and nice broccoli. General Tso is supposed to have a crisp texture; this was more of a baked/saucy.
The chicken was good enough to stand alone; even without rice; and small portion was perfect.
Wouldnt say this is best General Tso on the planet; but clearlly better than Suzi/ Sammys, as ingredients were better, and sauce was excellent.
Will try St. Mark too...
Best Persian List: I have been in NYC since 1990 & been to below at least 100x each
Persepolis (oldest & Best)
Some Afghan places have Persian too (ie, Bamiyan, Afghan Kebab House, Ariana, Kabul Kebab)
So whats a good chicken or beef dish....as long as its quality beef and chicken I will eat it
-Spicy Empress Chicken
Im not a cookie cutter / wonder bread !
No, I assumed St. Marks spots are just nyu dive / tourist traps...
Is it good?
Actually a fair amount are saying it has best General Tso ever...on Yelp (for what thats worth)
But I hear you, ;-)
I am at Lafayette / Houston....
People rave about this Grand Sichuan on 7th....I will try it.
Is Charlie Mom good?
What is the absolute best Chinese takeout in NoHo / E. Village / LES / SoHo?
I no longer trust, Yelp, Menupages, or other shilled sites
I am not a snob...
-just want standard Chinese that actually looks good when it arrives
If you can do an order of big dumplings, Sweet & Sour chicken, General Tso, or Sesamee Chicken that doesnt look like frozen TV dinner!
I find Suzi , Sammy, and the other St. Marks traps to be utterly gross. Unfortunately, good Chinatown places dont seem interested in delivery.
Suzis delivered a slimy / raw chicken hunan, that made me gag last night. They are truly hit & miss with Mon-Wed...unedible and late Fri/Sat OK.
Sorry for rant...but UES / UWS Chinese takeout is truly amazing compared to this downtown slop.