- Grand Sichuan
15 Seventh Ave. S., nr. Leroy St.; 212-645-0222
When’s the last time you tasted homemade chicken broth in your wonton soup? Or enjoyed chewy barbecue spare ribs that weren’t lacquered like wax sculptures? Or wafer-thin, crunchy-skinned scallion pancakes not drenched in gallons of old peanut oil? Xiaotu Zhang’s newest restaurant, on lower Seventh Avenue, is the most unassuming member of his successful Grand Sichuan chain, and also the purest. The modestly priced menu reads like a primer on the pleasures of old-fashioned Chinese home cooking. The tea-smoked duck is smoked to order while you wait at your table sipping tea. The thin-skinned wontons are dunked in chili oil. And Chong Qing spicy chicken, that classic Sichuan dish, costs $11.95 and is wreathed in a crown of fiery red peppers.
Best Traditional Chinese
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).