Wu Liang Ye Restaurant
36 W 48th St, New York, NY
Other locations: 86th Street, Lexington Ave.
Rachel and I had a show to see on Broadway last Saturday evening. As it was Thanksgiving weekend, Restaurant Row and the typical Broadway suspects close to the theater were absolutely jam packed, with no hope of getting a table in under an hour. So we decided to detour away from the Broadway and Times Square scene and walk up 48th Street, and grab some SERIOUS Chinese food.
Just around the corner from Radio City and NBC Studios is probably the best Sichuan restaurant in all of .
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The packed main dining room of Wu Liang Ye 48th Street, on a Saturday evening.
Menu Page 1 (Click photo to enlarge)
Menu Page 2 (Click photo to enlarge)
West Lake Beef Soup. This is similar to a Beef and Cilantro soup I had recently in Richmond at Full Kee. A great light flavored soup with egg whites for a cold evening.
Kung Pao Chicken. I thought this was excellent, with white and dark meat chicken and plenty of heat. Grand Sichuan International Midtown’s was once my favorite version, but with that restaurant now gone, Wu Liang Ye’s is now the definitive go-to plate of Laser Chicken in NYC.
Yibin City Shrimp with Asparagus. This is a garlicky, slightly spicy dish which had other nuances that was overpowered by the two really spicy dishes that preceded it. The preparation reminded me of a Cantonese “XO” sauce, but more garlicky. Really nice big lightly battered and stir fried jumbo shrimps, asparagus was nice and crispy. I’d order it again, but not with other really spicy dishes on the table — or have them bring this out first.