Okay, so I realize this is not an original discussion.
The thing is I have been out of NY for a year and I'm bringing my good friend for a visit in a couple weeks and I've promised him an outstanding/authentic Sichuan meal. I ate at both restaurants at least a couple times a month when I lived in the city and I think they both have their pros and cons (the quality of SG seemed to decline a bit towards the end of my stay while GS isn't nearly as adventurous).
So has anyone had meals at either of them recently? Which would you recommend most highly as of the last couple of months?
Also, if you had to list your favorite three dishes at both (keeping in mind we are very adventurous eaters and have a very high tolerance for heat) what would you choose? I always had the same dishes when I visited (Chong Qing Spicy Chicken at GS, double cooked pork belly at SG) and wouldn't mind branching out a little this time.
Again, I realize there are many previous posts concerning this topic but since the quality of these restaurants does seem to fluctuate quite a bit I'd like a more recent consensus.
Thanks for your help!