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Szechwan Gardens

3649 Lafayette Rd. (38th St.) Send to Phone
Addictive dim sum and deep-flavored Chinese cuisine draw crowds to this unassuming locale.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Szechwan Gardens Restaurant Review

: Arrive early on Saturdays and Sundays for some of the best dim sum around. Carts of cuttlefish with curry sauce, shrimp dumpling, beef tripe with ginger, and barbecue pork buns whiz by as diners signal a stop at their table. Stuffed eggplant with shrimp and pan-fried green chive cake could become addictive, except there is so much more to try. On weekdays, an abbreviated dim sum menu is available from the lunch offerings, while the regular menu features a list of Chinese dishes to please every taste, from the adventurous to the timid who sticks with stir-fried rice. Whether the choice is whole fish in Szechwan bean sauce, goose intestine, frog with green chives or beef lo mein, dishes are swiftly prepared with fresh ingredients and a blend of flavors. The spacious, comfortably appointed restaurant, housed in a former car dealership, is inviting, with large round tables for family gatherings, booths for smaller parties, and friendly professional servers who graciously answer questions. The beer and wine list is limited, but the cups of brewed tea are bottomless.


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