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“Authentic but a little bland and uncomfortable”
Review of La Vie En Szechuan

La Vie En Szechuan
Ranked #4,490 of 13,638 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between Madison Ave. and 5th Ave.
Transit: 33 St (4, 6, 6X) 34 St - Herald Sq (B, D, F, M, N, Q, R) 28 St (N, R)
PA
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125 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Authentic but a little bland and uncomfortable”
Reviewed 30 April 2013

Get a table away from the hostess stand and cash register because that is where the staff hangs out and discusses the patrons. Also someone gave them a mandate to turn the tables over as quickly as possible because the hover over you until you leave. Food was OK but a little on the oily side.

Visited April 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Sarasota, Florida
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234 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Szechuan champ -- an all around winner”
Reviewed 1 April 2013

Hiding in plain sight on an unlikely, otherwise blah location in the shadow of the mighty Empire State Building this pocket-sized temple of Szechuan cuisine delivers way above appearances and prejudices there might be about this part of town. The food here, from an ample, well-illustrated menu, is simply delicious and beautifully presented --a delight for palate and eyes. The service is beyond friendly. Do not be put off by the unostentatious location and decor and the enigmatic Franco-Chinese moniker; this is a place for seriously good eating. If you fancy Szechuan delights, spicy or not, courteous service and reasonable tabs this placed deserves serious consideration. I'll go farther: it treated us to one of the tastiest Szechuan feasts (not to be missed unless one's a vegetarian: several melt-in-the-mouth pork belly dishes).

  • Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“First Rate Szechuan Cuisine!”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Definitely one of the best Chinese restaurants i've been to in NYC -- and i go to many. Truly authentic Szechuan cooking with an extensive menu. Ask the waiters to guide you out of your chicken and broccoli comfort zone. Unpretentious, fairly priced, good for lunch or dinner

  • Visited March 2013
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New York
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54 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Authentic Szechuan Food”
Reviewed 16 February 2013

They use Szechuan peppercorns, little brown nuggets smashed for maximum numbing effect. It's not just the big red peppers that add spice to the dishes so beware - some of the spiciest dishes don't have red peppers next to their listing. I believe their lunch specials are not so spicy. The menu is an encyclopedia and probably the best dishes are the ones pictured. My favorites sofar: tofu with fish fillets, stir-fried lotus root, tea-smoked duck, shredded duck with ginger, beef tendon, noodles with a strange sauce. I want to try more dishes but keep on ordering the 1st 2 and the noodles because they are so tasty.
This is a small storefront restaurant simply decorated with very attentive and polite waitstaff.

  • Visited February 2013
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Beijing, China
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4 reviews
“unbelievable good, just the same as chinese food in china”
Reviewed 23 January 2013

BEST Szechuan food ever had outside of China.

Comparable to the best Szechuan restaurant in Beijing.

Favorite: all the chef's special are good.

If you want real good chinese chinese food, come to this place.

  • Visited January 2013
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