The Michelin Guide released their star ratings of restaurants in New York yesterday. Normally this is not something we get too excited about here at Midtown Lunch because the stars are usually reserved for restaurants way out of our price range. Except this year both Lan Sheng and Café China, two restaurants that we can actually afford for lunch received one star each. This is big news – even bigger than when the nearby Szechan Gourmet received two stars from the Times. For those of you keeping score at home, that means Lan Sheng and Café China now have the same number of stars as Ai Fiori, Blue Hill (!?!), Del Posto, Grammercy Tavern, and Wd-50.
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Growing up I usually spent this time of year at a Passover seder, while my friends were going on much livelier Easter egg hunts, so I don’t really have a good sense of what to eat on Easter. But I figured rabbit was probably a good place to start, no? And it turns out Midtown favorite Lan Sheng (on 39th btw. 5+6th) has three different versions on the menu (only the appetizer option is within ML’s budget, but the others are a worthy holiday splurge). So the other day I headed over to check it out and with Clay’s help, I was able to document the fun (much like the St. Patrick’s Day video we did a few weeks back.)
My first Easter meal, caught on video, after the jump. Enjoy and Happy Bunny Day (does anybody say that?)!!
About a week ago we told you that the Village Voice named Lan Sheng one of the best restaurants in New York. VV listed the Chongqing Braised Fish as a dish to try. So of course I took a gander at the menu and the $24 price tag stopped me dead in my tracks. It was just a tad bit out of the ML budget, even if one wants to splurge a little. Thankfully there was another dish on the signature items section of the menu that did stand out: Stewed Spareribs with Rice Powder (pretty much because it was the only signature item on the menu that’s less than $10!) Of course I had to get in on this action.
Lan Sheng is Best Of New York: The Village Voice's best of New York City issue is out, and while there's not much Midtown Lunch'ing fodder on the list, Lan Sheng (on 39th btw. 5+6th) was chosen by Sarah DiGregorio as being home to one of her ten favorite dishes in all of New York City. Nice!
Posted at 1:30 pm, October 21st, 2010 | 0 Comments
Peter Cherches hit up Lan Sheng the other day, and was so impressed he has dubbed 39th Street (btw. 5+6th) “Little Chengdu”. He didn’t think their cumin lamb was as good as Szechuan Gourmet, or their Gui Zhou chicken was as good as Grand Sichuan. And his negative description of their dan dan nodles sounds nothing like the delicious version we wrote about back in January. But he did think their duck was almost as good as Wu Liang Ye, and had loads of good things to say about their seafood. Read his full review here>>
When Lan Sheng first put up their sign up back in September (on 39th btw. 5+6th), I was pretty skeptical. Were these people crazy? Opening a Sichuan restaurant across the street from New York Times 2 starred Szechuan Gourmet seemed like suicide. How could they possibly match up? The regular menu had some tasty looking stuff on it, but their lunch specials seemed a bit Americanized in contrast to S.G.- which offers a good number of their best Sichuan specialties as lunch specials (twice cooked pork belly with chili and leeks I’m looking in your general direction…)
I suppose with S.G. packed every day for lunch they could hope for some spillover, but after trying out the place just before the New Year I think it’s safe to say they’re not hoping for spillover. They have the potential to be doing some major customer poaching from their rivals across the street.
If You Liked Wu Liang Ye, You Should Love Lan Sheng: Sarah DiGregorio reviews Lan Sheng (on 39th btw. 5+6th) for the Village Voice and discovers that most of the cooks came from the now shuttered Wu Liang Ye on Lexington and 39th. Yes, *that* Wu Liang Ye.
Posted at 8:30 am, December 24th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Superman is Back!: Profiled Midtown Lunch'er "Lawrence" (aka NYCFoodGuy) is back after a four month hiatus. Read about his very first experience with Sichuan cuisine... a 13 course, free "press meal" at Lan Sheng (on 39th btw. 5+6th.)
Posted at 1:30 pm, November 17th, 2009 | 1 Comment
Over on Serious Eats: New York Joe DiStefano has filed the first report on Lan Sheng, the new Sichuan restaurant that recently opened on 39th btw. 5+6th (right across the street from Szechuan Gourmet.) All the food he ate was part of a free “press dinner”, and much of it isn’t even on the menu yet, but hot damn the photos look tasty! He also found out the chef trained in Chengdu, and the “number two” chef used to work at Wu Liang Ye. As we reported last week, the lunch specials menu (which is what I’m most interested in) doesn’t really have too many Sichaun specialties on it, but the owners reassured me yesterday via email that they are working on a new menu that will be ready in a week. And… “there will be a lot more Sichuan food on the lunch specials.” Nice.
39th Street btw. 5+6th is turning into one of the better lunch blocks in Midtown. Already home to Kati Roll, Szechuan Gourmet, Madeline’s Cafe, and Curry Dream, two new spots are now open for business: Lan Sheng and Mangia Organics. It will be tough for Lan Sheng to compete with Szechuan Gourmet, which is one of (if not the) best Chinese restaurant in Manhattan- and when we originally posted about it, they mentioned in the comments they were maybe going to add some of their Szechuan specialties to the lunch menu… but sadly the menu hasn’t changed. If anybody checks it out, let us know what you think. As a Chinese food addict, I’m still interested in trying it (naturally).
Mangia Organics on the other hand…