I know Chinese takeout isn’t really what folks read Chowhound for, but I’d like to give a quick shout-out to a new place on Western Avenue in Guilderland that is a step above the usual Chinese takeout.
Lilac Blossom (www.LilacBlossomNY.com) opened about 6 months ago in a little strip mall on Western between Crossgates and 155. Their food and service are very good. Food is freshly prepared with good ingredients. Vegetables retain their crispness. They use a better quality beef than most other takeout joints. Sauces are done well, not overly sweet or gloppy. Service is friendly and efficient. They have lunch specials, but no dinner combos. The lack of dinner or fried appetizer combos doesn’t bother me in the slightest, but on one visit another prospective patron who I think had come expecting the place that was there previously, was loudly complaining about the deficiency.
Thus far we’ve tried and enjoyed:
Ginger chicken with Green Beans – sauce included lots of fresh ginger.
Szechuan dumplings – thin skins and nicely spicy. They did seem to dry out a little on the ride home.
Beef with black bean sauce – decent quality beef, not overly salty as often happens with black bean sauce.
Beef in spicy tea sauce – again decent quality beef. Tea sauce was interesting. Didn’t really scream “tea” to me, but I enjoyed it nonetheless as a nice brown sauce.
Vegetable moo shoo – nicely stir fried, not soupy