Dong Hai Grill is Better Than Szechuan Gourmet?!?
Since today is Chinese New Year, and many (myself included) will be seeking out some Chinese food today to celebrate, I figured it would be a good day to post this interesting email I got the other day:
“So there are some new designers (women) for a new line that we are launching that are not afraid to eat good food (yesterday they had Lazzarra’s here delivering pizza). The other day they were eating delivery Chinese and it smelled great. So I asked the “from where” and they replied Dong Hai Grill. I then said I have a great place for you, and one said “what Szechuan Gourmet?” I sad “yes” and before I could even finish saying yes, she retorted “we like Dong Hai much better”. Now I often walk by Dong Hai (on 39th btw. 6th+B’way) but have always ignored it. I have never eaten there. Now my curiosity was peaked.”
More on the menu and food, is after the jump…
“The Menu: Lunch special menu is somewhat limited. The overall menu is less interesting than Szechuan Gourmet. I typically get nervous about places that serve Chinese and Japanese never mind Chinese, Japanese and Thai! They offer shanghai soup dumplings with crab and pork, which I generally love.
The Food: I’ve only been one time so I need to taste more. I ordered General Tso’s lunch special because so many people screw it up by making it too sweet, too much sauce, too mushy, etc. Their General Tso’s was very good. In the league with Szechuan Gourmet, although I usually order a Szechuan dish from Szechuan Gourmet, sometime I get a General Tso’s craving. They offer pork fried rice with the lunch special which is more exciting than plain rice. Their Hot & Sour soup was more to my liking because it had more tanginess to it. I plan to go back and try more dishes. It is worth a visit. -Jason”
Nice… sounds good. But better than Szechuan Gourmet? Let’s not get crazy. I respect the ladies in your office, but if you go to Szechuan Gourmet expecting the “best Chinese food” in the city, and then order beef and broccoli or sesame chicken you will be disappointed. I love those things just as much as the next guy, but that’s not what Szechuan Gourmet is known for. For the full SG experience, you have to get something like this:
Does Dong Hai have sliced beef tendon or twice cooked pork belly with chili leeks this good? Doubtful. SG is just a different animal altogether, and probably shouldn’t be compared with most of the standard Chinese restaurants in Midtown. That being said, I will definitely hit up Dong Hai for some general tso’s chicken. (You know I love it!) Any other Midtown Lunchers been to Dong Hai? What do you think?