thanks much to the hounds that helped out with my request yesterday for dish ideas. thought I'd follow-up with a report on our dinner last night at Grand Sichuan Int'l Midtown (9th Ave & 50th St)
this is GREAT place to bring kids and family. staff is super friendly. lots of room and good lighting. very lively. lots of interesting and fun stuff to try. our waitress kept teasing my 2 nephews (ages 8 & 9) about their love for hot food "i see fire coming out of your heads" "do you want me to bring ice for your faces" it was lovely. and it's a short walk from Times Square, Rock Center, Lincoln center and most of the midtown Theaters.
food we tried:
- beef tendon with chili oil
- asparagus with scallion sauce
- fried pork dumplings
- fried chicken dumplings
- dan dan noodles
- pickled cabbage
- crispy eel
- kung pao chicken
- prawns in citrus sauce
- beef in brown sauce
- salt pepper shrimp
- sour string beans and pork
- and 3 orders of their scallion pancakes (the kids scarfed them up!)
almost everything was GREAT. the dumplings are thicker than i like, but the filling is yummy and they are well browned. the chicken ones are especially nice, mild and tender. crispy eel was excellent! a table fave (the kids loved it and are all about adding new stuff to their repertoire). salt and pepper prawns scrumptious! (they put scallion bits right in the batter and will make them with or without the shell on.) LOVED the asparagus - tender bright green chunks with a light sesame flavor, perfect. scallion pancakes are wonderful! the one disappointment was the beef in brown sauce - it was very very oily. and we weren't blown away by the beef tendon (kind of gelatinous and not much flavor other than the hot oil) and but it was an interesting dish to try.
tasty free hot tea is brought throughout the meal and at the end they bring out a massive plate piled with orange slices and fortune cookies!
and the price blew us away - 7 people, tons and tons of food that went on for hours and the bill came to $140 INCLUDING tax and a generous tip!!!
an all around great place for a meal with friends, family and KIDS if you're looking for something in midtown.