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Empire Szechuan

193 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023 40.775232 -73.980322
at 68th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-496-8778 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Juice/Smoothie, Chinese, Health Food, Japanese/Sushi, Vegetarian/Vegan
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Official Website

empiretogo.com

Hours

Sun-Wed, 10:30am-1am; Thu-Sat, 10:30am-1:30am

Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3 at 72nd St.

Prices

$8.75-$24.95

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Delivery after 10pm
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

57th St. to 86th St., Central Park West to West Side Hwy.

Profile

This keep-it-simple chain bridges much of Asia—its four branches churn out enough Chinese, Japanese, Thai, "Revolution Diet" (health conscious), and vegetarian food to fill a 10-page menu. Of the overwhelming and largely mediocre offerings, the best deal is on daily half-price rolls and maki, and the best eats are Szechuan specialties. The Paradise Chicken douses shredded meat, slightly sweet red bell peppers, and earthy Portobello mushrooms in a spicy red chili sauce typical of the region. The more adventurous jumbo shrimp are glazed with a house-made honey walnut sauce and served with candied walnuts. The dim sum, sadly, doesn't live up to its hype. For a Hong Kong favorite done well, there's a bracingly cool and frothy Bubble Tea, served in the restaurant and in an attached café that specializes in tea and smoothies—mainly fruity flavors in black and green tea concoctions, always served with giant straws for reaching the trademark tapioca balls (which you suck up through the straw) clustered at the bottom.

Recommended Dishes

Paradise chicken, $12.50; honey walnut shrimp, $14.95; bubble tea, $3.95

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