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“Szechuan Cuisine at its best”
Review of La Vie En Szechuan

La Vie En Szechuan
Ranked #4,746 of 14,125 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: 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)
Reviewed August 22, 2014

The place is small, decor is updscale, and there is active, professional management. Arrived around 6pm workday, dining room was almost full, but we got seated immediately. Line out the door started 20 mins after. Appetizers were great, the best cold sesame noodles I can remember, and Szechuan Dumplings in Spicy Sauce were fresh, tangy, and delicious.
Main Courses were Fish Filets Szechaun with TOFU pudding, innovative and outstanding, beautiful presentation on antique Chinese pedestal platter, and Ocean Scallops in Spicy Sauce with broccoli, fresh and cooked with just the right amount of spicyness.
Chef's hand is outstanding, top-notch ingredients and sides, we found ourselves staring around us at multiple tables with many Asian patrons on dates and family nights out.eating Chinese restaurant staples and VERY exotic, tasty-looking dishes.
Did not feel rushed or pressed, bill came at the right time, and it was a very positive NYC Little Korea District Midtown experience. incredibly, bill came to under $100 with drinks.
Highly recommend.

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Reviewed July 24, 2014

My friend, Harris, and I stopped in for lunch for the first time here and were delighted. We were seated and served very quickly. The menu, much of it in Chinese, had seen better days (you know, beaten and ripped paper, dried up spills) but the food was wonderful. The hot and sour soup was right up there with the best I've ever had. Nothing held back on the heat, thankfully. We shared generous dishes of tofu and meat (I think pork, but the sauce was so aromatic and pungent that it was hard to tell) and Szechuan shrimp with vegetables (also spicy and marvelous). The shrimp tasted fresh of the sea and the veggies were crunchy, just the way I like them. The rice was perfectly cooked.

We lingered a bit chatting, but nobody rushed us, though people came in and out constantly, and the servers were very attentive.

The price was downright cheap, especially for the high quality of the food, and especially for midtown Manhattan, but actually for anywhere.

The walls are decorated in interesting and lovely wood sculptures.

The business card says the restaurant is open every day.

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Reviewed July 22, 2014

We went to this restaurant on a referral from our hotel concierge after we requested Chinese. I'm so glad we went. Beware- the menu is extensive!!!! Lots and lots to choose from. They give very hefty portions and the food is delicious!! My spring rolls and General Tso's chic was excellent!

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Reviewed June 2, 2014

This was one of the most authentic Chinese restaurant we have enjoyed. The menu is extensive and you will not find your typical "American Chinese" here. The service was very good. My only disappointment is that beer/wine is unavailable. Food was spicy, portions generous and we were not rushed despite the line to get in. Location is great as it is midtown.

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1  Thank Marc L
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

Average space with not average food. This Chinese restaurant has excellent food, with spicy food. What's more to say... Try it yourself.

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