New York NY 10001
Chinese cooking in New York City was better and more diverse 25 years ago than it is today (many of the great older chefs who emigrated to America during the Cold War have retired, and the demand is too high in China itself today to encourage anyone to leave). That said, chef/restaurateur Xiaotu "John" Zhang's Grand Sichuan restaurants — of which the 9th Avenue branch is considered the best — are a bright spot on the local food scene. The cooking holds true to ancient roots but embraces the evolution of modern cuisine, redefining the familiar "take-out" that New Yorkers have come to love (and depend on) while suggesting a more vibrant future for Chinese food in America. — Jess Kapadia, 2/19/11
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the soup dumplings (and rest of menu) here are better than joe shanghai's. just sayin'.
The pork soup dumplings are amazing and way tastier than Joe's. Get it.
Rude staff, amazing crab and pork soup dumplings!
Amazing pork soup dumplings and awesome fortune cookie fortunes.
Get the Aui Zhou Spicy Chicken spicy and crispy from the "fresh chicken" menu (C6). Best thing I've eaten at a Chinese restaurant in years, if not ever. Pork scallion dumplings are a great choice too.
Get away from the gallery crowd at this unpretentious Chinese restaurant known for their soup dumplings and extensive menu of both authentic Sichuan and Americanized chinese dishes.
It's decent American Chinese food, but go to Chinatown for the real thing
As usual, great food, good prices, with service that veers between surly and uninterested.
Unassuming Sichuan restaurant that is an awesome place for groups to share family style eating – and they serve some of the BEST soup dumplings in the city.
Stomach destroying hot oil bathed scechuan goodness. -Seth Caro, Top Chef Just Desserts
Pork soup dumplings are to die for
Soup dumplings and dumplings in red oil are a must! Get one order per person for the dumplings in red oil because you won't want to share.
Get the cold sichuan noodles (order it spicy, even though it's not that spicy) and get tea smoked duck (awesome)
Order the soup dumplings and Sichuan dan dan noodles for starters.
Soup dumplings. Drive from BOS some days just to get them. Best ever. Red braised pork with chestnut good too, as is duck w/ bitter melon.
fresh chicken au Zhou chicken is the most incredible dish
Pork. Soup. Dumplings.
Order off-menu item: "Green Pea Shoots"
expect a wait until about 10pm, but if you wait, definitely get the soup dumplings
get the soup dumplings!