So we went to Wu Liang Ye, on East 86 St. last night, after a suggestion on an earlier thread.
The Stoli martinis were acceptable, (albeit a little vermouthy); probably because Id specified the brand. My friends brandy manhattan though, was, he noticed, rough as a cob; he checked the bar and found the brandy used was, as he put it, definitely not name, which may be why.
The Hacked chicken in sesame vinaigrette was very good; however the Sliced beef tendon looked to me more like sliced conch (although maybe thats what tendon is like); the texture was nice and crunchy, but the flavor was apparently exclusively Mr. Chows Chili Oil. Pleasantly hot, but otherwise pretty so-what.
The Shredded camphor-smoked duck was fine; nice and greasy. However, the Beef and sizzling rice reminded me of la Choy (yes, years ago when I was young and open to experiment I ate a can of La Choy) and was luke warm to boot, (although how they managaed that, I dont know).
Wed ordered the Crispy fish filets in pesto (sic) from the Special Szechuan Menu; the waiter returned from the kitchen with the news that it was out of stock. I asked if there was some other crispy fish; his face became wrinkled with incomprehension; he murmurred no, no so we quickly ordered Rice noodles, Shanghai style; these were coolly undistinguished when they arrived.
When the bill came it didnt look quite right; it turned out to be incorrectly added up. (Only three numbers, the food cost, the drinks cost, and the tax...but even so it was ten bucks off). I pointed this out to the waiter, who scratched his head and puzzled over it for a few minutes, then went to consult higher authority. He returned shortly, all smiles, to tell me that, yes, I was right; it was ten dollars over. But, he chuckled, he wasnt, after all, an accountant, and was glad that we were.
Net net, mediocre food, overpriced. Maybe I ordered wrong, but even so....