|Hot & Sour Soup|
163 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Visit Uncle Ted’s after our Heart of the Village tour!
For very good Chinese in a no-frills setting: Grand Sichuan
Do a google search of Grand Sichuan in NYC. Humor me, just go ahead and do it. You will find a ridiculous number of places called Grand Sichuan. Sifting through reviews to figure out which one to try proved to be one of the more difficult things about this reader’s question. I wanted to make sure I delivered and did not end up at a sub-par Grand Sichuan. Fortunately, I chose wisely and ended up at the Grand Sichuan on 7th Ave.
No-frills interior but the wait-staff was delightfully attentive and the lunch special was on point (coming in at under $10!). It came with a spring roll, which was fresh and light.
The sesame chicken itself came with crisp, bright broccoli. It was a great dish overall. Good sauce, more chicken than breading.
An all-around solid choice if lost in a sea of Grand Sichuans while glazing over staring at Yelp.
|Egg Roll & Tea|
Details: Grand Sichuan
15 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
Visit Grand Sichuan after our Original Greenwich Village tour!
For inventive food in a spectacular setting: Buddakhan
So the closest I came to finding a very fancy setting for Chinese was Buddakhan, next to Chelsea Market. It is dark and sexy with truly breathtaking décor. The requirement that this restaurant didn’t meet was the traditional Chinese fare that Mr. K’s has. However, what Buddakhan does offer is AMAZING food, Asian with a wonderfully inventive flair.
You forget that you’re not having traditional dishes because what they’re offering is beyond what your tastebuds could’ve dreamt up. Because they don’t have traditional Chinese dishes, I went with the General Tso’s dumplings. I have NEVER had a more informative waiter than what I experienced at Buddakhan. He even mentioned that I should poke a hole in the dumpling with my chopstick before eating, or else the hot juice would squirt out. He was right, that absolutely did happen. I made sure to poke the hole in my next dumpling. These dumplings were delicious, spicy and literally bursting with flavor.
I cannot wait to go back and taste what else Buddakhan has up their sleeve.
|Private Dining Room|
|General Tso Dumplings|
75 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 10011
Visit Buddakhan after our Chelsea Market tour!