When Grand Sichuan St Marks first opened, it was just as good as the 9th Ave locations. But for the past several months I've been disappointed. At first the food was inconsistent, now it's consistenly bad.
For example, they refuse to make the double-cooked pork with the fatty Chinese pork, even if I ask for it special. Instead of fresh water chestnuts in the double-cooked pork and fresh bamboo shoots in the gui zhou chicken, they substitute an unpleasant potato-like vegetable. Tonight the gui zhou wasn't even spicy - they really skimped on the sichuan peppercorns.
What's the deal? Has anyone else noticed this? Do I somehow need to prove my Grand Sichuan bona fides in order to be served the good food?