Want to SAVE, EMAIL, and PRINT your picks? Sign up for a Purple Passport account to get started.
21 W. 39th St., nr. Fifth Ave. (Garment District)
New York, NY
(1) 212-921-0233 | www.szechuangourmetnyc.com
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 11:30am-10:00pm; Sat.-Sun.: 12:00pm-10:00pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
RESERVATIONSOnly accepted for parties of three or more
BARYes - beer and wine only
PRICE (APPETIZERS; MAINS)USD 2.95; USD 12.95; USD 8.95-20.95
FAMOUS PLATESDan-dan noodles with chili minced pork; Szechuan pork dumplings with roasted chili soy; ma-po tofu; half camphor tea smoked duck; braised fish filets with napa and roasted chili
DRINKS AND WINESoft drinks; wine; beer; sake
# OF SEATS50-75
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAY42nd St.-Bryant Park (B, D, F, M, 7); Times Square-42nd St. (N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3, 7); Grand Central-42nd St. (4, 5, 6, 7, S)
This Garment District classic doles out authentic Szechuan dishes to both tame and adventurous eaters. Choices like pork dumpling and honey-glazed spare ribs contrast with wild, tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorn and chili laden dishes like ma-po tofu and dan-dan noodles. Perhaps to balance out the fiery cuisine, the décor of the roomy interior amounts to little more than red paper lanterns.
Chinese expats, Sichuan food lovers, culinary daredevils, and the occasional casual date.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Go smart casual in a dark colored top (those chili and soy sauce stains can be devilishly hard to get out), jeans, and comfortable flats.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; foodies; significant other; date
WHY WE LIKE IT
This restaurant scores on quantity: the portions are huge, the amount of spice is more than generous, and the space is gigantic. We appreciate the more-is-better attitude (although our flaming taste buds occasionally disagree!)
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The menu is a little too encyclopedic–unless you have a specific craving or you know what you want, you’ll be hard put to make any quick decisions about what to order. (Don’t be afraid to ask the waitstaff for recommendations.)
GOOD TO KNOW
Most come for the unique numbing burn of the Sichuan peppercorn, which is different from the heat of a chili pepper. If you are game, this is the taste to try.
Queens (New York); Midtown West (New York)
All information within this website was checked for accuracy at the time of publication. But since the world moves quickly, things may have changed. Pardon us for any errors as we strive to give you the most up-to-the-minute details!