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Taster’s Cherce

Okay, so the next time you are in the area, do yourself a favor and hit Szechuan Gourmet, which is on 39th Street between 5th and 6th. I went last night with my friend Mark who has been several times for lunch. HeĀ told me it’s considered “the best Szechuan outside of Flushing.” All I know, is that it was wonderful, whether you are up for adventure (Duck Tongue w/Sich. Pepper Corn-Scallion Pesto, Fish Head w/Napa, Bamboo, Cellophane, Smoky Wok Tossed Frogs) or not.

We had a standard appetizer, Szechuan Pork Dumplings w/Roasted Chilli Soy, and they were far and away the most delicious dumplings I’ve ever had–delicate, flavorful with some kick. They were so good, we didn’t let the waiter remove the extra sauce when the dumplings were gone. They seemed to appreciate that, but I wasn’t kidding. I wasn’t giving up that goodness without a fight.

Most of the customers were Asian, large tables of nine, ten people. The wait staff alternated between being polite and dismissive but they were never rude. I love that unpretentious attitude (you can ignore me some cause I’m a gringo just don’t be a jerk about it). It got me to thinking how wonderful Chinese restaurants can be, what a staple they are of New York Life.

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[Photo Credit: Parla Food]

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1 Diane Firstman   ~  May 21, 2010 12:43 pm

Didn't know where to put this ... but you MUST go to google's homepage today ... they're celebrating the 30th anniversary of PacMan ... with a fully-functional game in the Google logo!

2 Jon DeRosa   ~  May 21, 2010 12:47 pm

I can vouch for this place, but there is a line at lunch so aim for just before 12 unless you can wait it out. This place is so good, that a competing (and also very good) szechuan place opened across the street just to get the overflow from the people who don't want to wait!

3 Diane Firstman   ~  May 21, 2010 12:55 pm


Are they competing, or owned by the same folks, like an annex?

4 ms october   ~  May 21, 2010 12:57 pm

[1] haha, i had google up earlier and my co-worker wanted to know what the hell noise my computer was making.

thanks for the recommendation alex - i am definitely going to try it.
i absolutely love pork dumplings and i am going go adventurous with a main dish.

5 Alex Belth   ~  May 21, 2010 1:10 pm

5) The only dish we had that we didn't like were the chef's pickeled vegetables. But those dumplings are worth the trip and then some.

6 Jon DeRosa   ~  May 21, 2010 1:21 pm

(3) It's called Lan Sheng, I am pretty sure they are not affiliated...

7 thelarmis   ~  May 21, 2010 1:26 pm

it wasn't gourmet or fancy, but i had just 'regular' chinese food at a restaurant last nite w/ a buddy of mine. hadn't had chinese yet this year. it was yummy!

8 YankeeAbby   ~  May 21, 2010 1:45 pm

::::sigh:::: my Subway turkey sandwich SUCKS after reading this!

Alex you need a separate "Taster's Cherce" tab on here as a direct link to all the fabulous places you've been mentioning over the last few months. There's been so many that you've recommended I can't keep up!


9 Alex Belth   ~  May 21, 2010 1:46 pm

8) working on that. Want to make tabs for the art, music and food and now movie stuff...Duly Noted!

10 RagingTartabull   ~  May 21, 2010 1:50 pm

still loyal to Wo Hop...often imitated, never duplicated

11 NYYfan22   ~  May 21, 2010 2:53 pm

[9] another suggestion -- perhaps a tab (or just a category) for gamethreads, and then another for post-game wraps. So we can just click through the game summaries if necessary.

Mmmmmmmmm dumplings...

12 Alex Belth   ~  May 21, 2010 4:25 pm

11) Thanks. Noted.

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