After reading so much great stuff about the 9th Ave GSI, I went there tonight with a friend, and sampled many of the Chowhound-recommended dishes. We got:
Shredded Chicken w/ Spicy Sauce
Bean Curd w/ Spicy Sauce
Kung Bao Chicken
Hunan Peppers w/ Black Beans
Dry Sauteed String Beans
With the exception of the Shredded Chicken (which was actually pretty good), the Dry Sauteed String Beans (which were DELICIOUS) and the Loofah (which was innocuously bland, and actually tasted a lot like zucchini), I found everything else to be so completely drenched in oil, peppers and, yes-- as remarked upon here many times before-- SALT, it was as if they were using all that stuff to try to cover up the "mundaneness" of what lay underneath. In short, I was highly disappointed. Is my experience unique, or is that Sichuan cooking "in general" (and hence yet another reason for me to head back to NY Noodletown)?