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Chinese Mirch

120 Lexington Ave., New York, NY, 10016
at 28th St.
212-532-3663

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5
Food: 5
Service: 5
Décor: 6
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20% would go back.

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very disappointed with gobi manchurian

By hardrockstar on 3/17/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Unless the cauliflower florets are seasoned in soy sauce, vinegar and tomato sauce (that reddish look you get), you don't get a proper manchurian taste. They just gave dry florets in onion and chilli seasoning... I feel cheated...waste of 10 bucks! Chinese Mirch guys, please change your recipe or stop calling it gobi manchurian.

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43 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

very disappointed with gobi manchurian

By hardrockstar on 3/17/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Unless the cauliflower florets are seasoned in soy sauce, vinegar and tomato sauce (that reddish look you get), you don't get a proper manchurian taste. They just gave dry florets in onion and chilli seasoning... I feel cheated...waste of 10 bucks! Chinese Mirch guys, please change your recipe or stop calling it gobi manchurian.

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46 out of 88 people found this review helpful.

bad food and worse service

By jg11923 on 10/20/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

I loved this place and have eaten there regularly since it opened about six years ago. But it has gone down hill in the last few years - the staff is condescending (like the owners/managers we now never see), the quality of food has slipped dramatically, there is absolutely no attention to detail or service, and I have seen numerous instances of regular guests being treated with disdain by the indifferent staff. The quest of the owners to expand/franchise locations has now made this formerly great place, yet another curry-hill churn and burn fixture. Further, I have dozens of instances where no one on the staff wants to do anything 'extra' in terms of service, because, as one of them told us, they fear retribution from their main guy/boss/chef who is very "dictatorial" and hence the low quality of service due to low morale. But, starting with scared-looking (yet indifferent) staff (no water when you sit down until you ask for it), rudely answering the phone, ill-tempered service, mediocre, overpriced food (that was initially great when the owners used to be there personally), messed up orders and indifferent attitude (specially the tall, slick guy at the bar occasionally), Chinese Mirch, has become too good for itself. I think the upcoming Indian-Chinese restaurant in the area will break their monopoly and perhaps get all of us foodies better food and service from new competition. Otherwise, we will continue to suffer the torment of bad food and worse service.

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56 out of 103 people found this review helpful.

terrible unethical service

By veanix on 5/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I have never complained about a restaurant in a public forum, but I feel that the service i received at Chinese Mirch was so offensive that it should be made known. During our dinner, icy cold water from the overhead AC rained on me. I alerted the waiter, who did nothing to help even though I was left standing, dripping wet, in the middle of the restaurant. After 10-15 minutes of this awkwardness, we got fed up waiting and requested for the bill and a doggy bag for our remaining food. Our dinner experience thus ruined, the manager did not even have the courtesy to take anything off our bill and only cut out the $5 rice after we insisted. This doesn't even qualify for poor, inattentive service -- unethical, cheapskating customers would be more appropriate.

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84 out of 162 people found this review helpful.

Shocks the taste buds, completely different than Chinese or Indian

By jaimel on 4/27/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I loved this place when I ate there. I'm a white guy who eats Indian, Chinese, and Thai all the time. This place combined them into something totally different. I am even starting to get bored with Indian food it's all the same everywhere you go. The food all had kick to them. I haven't been so excited at something new in a long time. I love Village Mingala too but even that food has similarities to thai curries. The appetizers were excellent, I highly recommend getting them all, they were the highlight of the meal. It's extremely popular=crowded so make reservations. They say on their menu that every five star hotel in India has a Chinese restaurant. When I went to India it's true. They love Chinese food there and they put their own twist and ingredients in it so this restaurant's concept is not some new fangled, unpractised idea. These were the best things and they were each amazing: mirch 65, gobi manchurian, spicy sesame chicken, chili paneer, crispy szechuan lamb

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