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NY Magazine's "Sichuan Belt" in midtown Manhattan

OK it was just a superlative way of saying that a great majority of them do, especially large restaurants. It would be interesting to see actual statistics though. DOH lists 2487 Chinese restaurants in NYC.

Jun 05, 2013
queensj in Manhattan

NY Magazine's "Sichuan Belt" in midtown Manhattan

Another Sichuan place on the "Belt" that I don't see talked about is Heavenly Bamboo on 10 E 39th St. betwen 5th and Mad. Now this place has kind of a bizarre jungle theme decor and a sushi bar in the front which I avoid like the plague, but it actually has a really solid Sichuan menu. I've been there a few times for lunch and dinner, and everything has been pretty on the spot. I've worked in the area for years and never noticed the place (because of the sushi bar in front). The owner said the menu used to be more Shanghai styled but it's now Sichuan with a new chef. I've had a water boiled fish-esqu dish (it had a diff. name which I don't remember but similar style), stir fried pork kidneys with vegetables, smoked porkbelly with leek, and picked mustard & fish soup. The owner is a pretty nice guy too.

Jun 04, 2013
queensj in Manhattan

NY Magazine's "Sichuan Belt" in midtown Manhattan

This is true, 99% of Chinese restaurants, even the best ones have an "American Chinese" menu section. It's unfortunate, but you really can't judge the quality of a restaurant by those dishes. Cafe China is an exception though that they make a valiant effort to curate their menu. Whether they succeed or not is subjective, but of the many time I've been there, I've mostly had successful dishes and I'm really glad they're here. And I wish more restaurants would be brave and follow their lead. Most restaurants are afraid to lose business if they take those dishes off their menu but Cafe China seems to be doing quite well.

Jun 04, 2013
queensj in Manhattan

Country ham in New York City

Most large asian grocery stores (in Flushing for example) carry whole or sections of Smithfield hams because it's used in lieu of Chinese cured ham by many people for soup.

May 17, 2013
queensj in Outer Boroughs

Cuy - guinea pig?

Urubamba, a Peruvian place in Jackson Heights has it as a special sometimes. I would call them to find out.

May 01, 2013
queensj in Outer Boroughs

Advice Ordering at Imperial Palace in Queens

The crab is charged by weight. The last time I went there a few weeks ago, the waiter told me that the live Alaskan king crab (not snow crab) for the crab 3 ways is $55/lb. Each crab being 5-6 lb.

Apr 16, 2013
queensj in Outer Boroughs