12 April 2011

dinner at Grand Sichuan

With the warm weather beginning to touch down on New York, we decided to walk to Grand Sichuan in Chinatown, for dinner. Flourescent lights and horse paintings dominate the decor- the patrons a mix of twenty-somethings and older couples.
The thing to order, is a hot pot, according to Chris. (Confirmed by every other table slurping up soup!) We requested 1/2 chicken, 1/2 spicy. We siped the house offering of tea and arranged our chopsticks, spoons and personal strainers.

For our do-it-yourself ingredients, Chris took the reigns: beef, fish balls, mushrooms, spinach and soy/sesame oil dipping sauce.

While only beer (Tsingtao) is served, patrons are welcome to bring their own bottles of wine. We popped into a close-by shop for a South African Sauvignon Blanc. Much needed, we were sniffling and sweating with the intensely spicy broth.
The hot pot is more than enough for two, and albeit an intimate way to eat, great for groups of four. (Let's return soon!)

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