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Grand Sichuan Eastern (E. 52nd) -- Downhill?

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Grand Sichuan Eastern (E. 52nd) -- Downhill?

Caitlin wheeler | Mar 10, 2005 12:13 PM

One of the things I was excited about when moving to my current apartment was living in the delivery radius of Grand Sichuan Eastern. I had been living near the one on Lexington in the 30's, which is decent, but I had heard great things about this one, and I was not disappointed.

HOWEVER -- the last few times we've ordered from them (this has only been in the last month) it's been seriously subpar. The Gui Zhou chicken, which is usually one of my favorite dishes, was flabby and hot, with no flavor. My husband usually orders "American" Chinese food (I know, I can't cure him), which, while not their specialty, has been done quite well in the past. But the last few times we've ordered it has been pretty awful.

I know that the true test of a restaurant isn't in their delivery menu, and things are better if you eat them there, but am I mistaken? Has it been a fluke? We've ordered on different nights of the week, so that's not all it is.

Has anyone else eaten there lately?

(Incidentally, since Grand Sichuan has been disappointing, I've been ordering from 6 Happiness on 2nd Avenue, which is very good, if not as exciting as Grand Sichuan could be. The chicken with eggplant in garlic sauce is phenomenal, and I really like their steamed pork dumplings).

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