Szechuan Gourmet

Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Garment District, New York
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  • Oliver H.
    "Great: mapo tofu, spicy fish and cabbage, Dan Dan noodles."(18 Tips)
    Eater
    "Chinese gem near Bryant Park for crispy cumin lamb"(12 Tips)
    What's Good Here
    "The mapo tofu here is delicious."(9 Tips)
    Adam M.
    "Spicy cumin lamb, and double cooked pork belly, and the spicy cellophane noodles, and the..."(4 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 23, 2013
    Head to this Chinese gem near Bryant Park for crispy cumin lamb, soft tofu with spicy pork, and braised whole bass with chili and scallions. The specialties here are all excellent. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 27, 2014
    Wok-tossed chicken with chilies- Nubs of poultry get pan fried until crispy, tossed with blistered red chili peppers, & then doused in oil imbued with the mouth-numbing heat of Szechuan peppercorns. Read more
  • Midtown Lunch
    Midtown LunchJanuary 12, 2012
    The double sliced pork belly with chili and leeks is as close to a must order as you can get at this amazing spot. Best Sichuan in Midtown. Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Lauren
    LaurenJuly 30, 2014
    Dan Dan Noodles are A+. Chili Cumin Lamb is top-notch. I found the Double-Cooked Pork Belly to be boring, but I would vote the Spicy Garlic Baby Eggplant for President. 👌
  • David B.
    David BanJune 24, 2015
    2 legit 2 quit ordering their Mapo tofu (best I've had outside China), Dan Dan Noodles & crispy Lamb. If you like Szechuan peppercorns, you're in for a treat.
  • Chubs M.
    Chubs MathurMarch 23
    Braised crispy tofu with pork & shrimp in garlic were delicious and fun to share with a friend. That chili oil is 👌🏽 to be honest, I didn't think the food was that spicy as everyone keeps saying!
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneNovember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hot & sour soup best I've ever had. Spicy hot & sour cellophane noodles, excellent. Chewy nest of noodles in molten lava broth. Sliced pork belly, delicious.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 7, 2014
    Skip all the Chinese-American dishes and order straight from the Sichuan section of the menu. The dining room is way nicer than it needs to be. [Eater 38 Member]
  • summer d.
    summer daidoneApril 3, 2015
    The chili sauce that came on my pork dumplings was amazing. Best Chinese food (chicken and broccoli specifically) I've ever had, and I've tried that EVERYWHERE.
  • Soo Y.
    Soo YooMarch 18, 2014
    If you like spice this is the place to eat! Fish in chili oil is delicious; beware of throwing back too much of the oil.. it will run right through you. Learning the technique is half the fun.
  • Natalie F.
    Natalie FreilichJanuary 10, 2013
    Pretty authentic Chinese cuisine in New York City, as told to us by a couple of Chinese ladies who sat down next to us. Try Szechuan dumplings, and the angel hair. Everything was great.
  • Raven T.
    Raven TAugust 7, 2014
    Spicy cold noodles (the best I've had in the city) + one entree was enough for 2 hungry people! There was still food leftover. Pretty awesome for a place on this part of Midtown.
  • Fuat Ş.
    Fuat ŞahinAugust 27, 2014
    Amazing dishes the general tso chicken was amazing. The soups perfect . Fast service but old decoration. The porsions very big watch out to over eating. Was the best in my NY chinese foods
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WooApril 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been here 4 times & have tried 7 dishes. LOVED: 1) Triple Pepper Chicken w Spicy Capsicum 2) Stir-fried 5 Spiced Tofu w Chives. See Top 10 dishes on Foodmento: Read more
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChaiJanuary 4
    Awesome chili oil sauce in the dumplings. If you want something different and authentic, try the sautéed bamboo shoots with pork. Huge portions that will last 2-3 meals.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelJuly 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best Sichuan restaurants in the city. Cold sesame noodles, Dan Dan noodles, cumin lamb, wok tossed chicken and chiles, double cooked pork... All excellent.
  • Mohammedali G.
    Everything you eat here is going to be awesome if you are near this restaurant do not forget to try the Brisked Lamb with napa sauce abd chillies..i hope i mentioned the dish right
  • Seamless
    SeamlessAugust 17, 2011
    Frank Bruni said we all should eat the Double Cooked Pork Belly from Szechuan Gourmet and who are we to argue with that recommendation? (We've eaten and enjoyed it ourselves many times too.) Read more
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 15, 2011
    On Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Frank Bruni fills up on spicy Crispy Lamb Filets with chili cumin at Szechuan Gourmet in New York, NY. Find more tips at Food Network Local. Read more
  • China Daily USA
    China Daily USAMarch 4, 2011
    This restaurant is where you can find some authentic Sichuan spicy food such as Shuizhuyu, spicy boiled fish, and really nice hotpot that can warm you up in the cold winter of New York City.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkOctober 2, 2014
    Their specialty dish is the Crispy Lamb Filets with Cumin but diners give equal praise to the Spicy Sesame Noodles and Chef's Ma Paul Tofu. Read more
  • Adlin
    AdlinAugust 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    L30 is the best! Spicy Shrimp w/ miso garlic and celery. Mix it with the brown rice and get the hot and sour soup...less then $9 and worth every bite.
  • Seb P.
    Seb PeekAugust 28, 2013
    When a Chinese food restaurant has every table filled by good looking asians, they must be good! I ordered the General Tso Chicken, and it was amazing!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    This perpetually busy midtown spot is serious about spicing things up with an incredible Sichuan kitchen. Get here before or after the lunch crowd to avoid a wait. - Inspector
  • Adam M.
    Adam MayNovember 11, 2015
    Spicy cumin lamb, and double cooked pork belly, and the spicy cellophane noodles, and the dan Dan noodles and everything on the goddamn menu
  • Yiwa W.
    Yiwa WangOctober 4
    Pretty authentic. Used to be more so, but as they've gotten more popular they've adapted to a wider palate naturally. Get the spicy dumplings and the capsicum lamb!!!
  • Katie F.
    Katie FlynnJanuary 5, 2012
    Make sure to get the Dan Dan noodles and the Szechuan pork dumplings with roasted chili soy. The crispy lamb filets are good, but only if you really like cumin.
  • Anjali M.
    Anjali MalhotraFebruary 16, 2012
    Try the Stir Fried Prawns Chili Minced Pork & Veggie - I crave these beautiful large shrimp, mildly spicy chili pork and crunchy asparagus once a week.
  • Brian
    BrianFebruary 12, 2012
    Double cooked pork belly with chilli leeks is my go-to item here. Fatty pork, spicy chill, and sweet/oniony leeks over white rice makes my mouth water.
  • Amir Z.
    Amir ZonoziNovember 7, 2014
    Cumin lamb is super dry, go for the chicken egg plant, spicy sesame noodle and pork dumplings
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 26, 2013
    Great lunch specials at this Midtown Chinese joint. Our favorite dishes remain the Dan Dan Noodles and the Spicy Cumin Lamb.
  • Oliver H.
    Oliver HJune 13, 2013
    Great: mapo tofu, spicy fish and cabbage, Dan Dan noodles. Good: spicy dumplings. Mediocre (as one might expect): scallion pancakes. Great value.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceOctober 2, 2014
    Ask for this mouth-watering off-menu dish: wok-tossed chicken with chilies. Read more
  • Seth B.
    Seth BaronMarch 25, 2015
    Ask for (and I probably spelled it wrong but sound it out) La tsu tzee - it's a spicy chicken dish not on the menu and it's phenomenal.
  • Zeba S.
    Zeba SiddiqiMarch 23
    Really good place for spicy chinese! Chicken with Garlic sauce & lo mein were delicious
  • John B.
    John BigbooteFebruary 12, 2014
    ask for specialmenu. fiery duck tounge & feet. slice beef tendon. spiced diced rabbit. pork intestine w/hot pepper. beef chen-du
  • Joyful B.
    Joyful BellyAugust 8, 2014
    I cannot say enough good things about the Cumin lamb. I have had dreams about it. I have cravings for it. Completely unique.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Usually easiest to get a table at lunch between 11:30 & 12. If you're solo, they might stick you close to other people. Works for me!
  • Aaron
    AaronMay 9, 2013
    Tip: the spicy rabbit appetizer is much, much spicier than the fish fillet main. Also, my date was super cute and huggable.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McDonoughNovember 1, 2014
    Awesome Chinese. I've seen this place included in lots of lists of underappreciated NYC restaurants. Never fails to be great.
  • Jeffrey A.
    Jeffrey AllenJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent Sichuan - smoked tofu w/ celery, dan dan noodles, cold cucumbers, cumin lamb, tea smoked duck, pork belly with leeks and fish specials are all tasty.
  • Emilie D.
    Emilie DishonghMarch 14, 2012
    If you want to sear you face off (in a good way) get the tripe and tongue salad. And ask for extra buns with your cumin beef.
  • Yoni Z.
    Yoni ZloczewskiDecember 19, 2015
    Stick to the Szechuan dishes Mapo Tofu, Dan Dan Noodles, Cumin lamb coming here to get beef and broccoli or general Tso's is foolish
  • regine j.
    regine jeromeMarch 31, 2015
    Their choices are awesome. I will definitely comeback to try some meat dishes.
  • Emil H.
    Emil H2 weeks ago
    Spicy cold sesame noodles are unlike any I've ever had. Some of the best chinese food I've ever had.
  • Jim T.
    Jim TaylorMarch 10, 2015
    AMAZING gyoza. Lot's of veggie options with tofu!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 12, 2013
    One of the city's top Sichuan restaurants, a gem in the heart of midtown.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsAugust 15, 2012
    The term “face melting” is tossed around a lot, but few dishes embody the description quite like Szechuan Gourmet’s hot and sour cellophane noodles. Read more
  • Clare S.
    Clare SherryJune 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The friendliest staff I've ever had at a Chinese joint! The food is flawless! A diamond in the fashion district at cubic zirconia prices!
  • Emilie D.
    Emilie DishonghFebruary 18, 2012
    Excellent double cooked pork with leeks, dan dan noodles. Great flavors but don't expect the spice from Grand Sichuan.
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