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Empire Szechuan

2642 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 40.797249 -73.96971
at 100th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-662-9404 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Juice/Smoothie, Chinese, Health Food, Japanese/Sushi, Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan
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Official Website

empiretogo.net

Hours

Daily, 10am-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 103rd St.

Prices

$8.45-$25.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Delivery after 10pm

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

50th St. to 203rd St., First Ave. to Riverside Dr.

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. The 97th St. flagship opened in 1976 and doesn't appear to have been remodeled since. Garish violet and aqua neon illuminate the sprawling space, and a massive, poorly reproduced Japanese mural covers the back wall. The seating is austere: marbleized formica tables, large booths, and a sushi bar adorned by wood and paper lanterns. Of the overwhelming and largely mediocre offerings 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.

Recommended Dishes

Paradise chicken, $13; honey crispy walnut shrimp, $15

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