La Vie en Szechuan
14 E 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016Neighborhood:
ChinesePrice: $30 and under
La Vie en Szechuan
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.lavieenszechuan.com/
- Phone: 2126832779
- Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Executive Chef: Zhong Qing Wang
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
A word from La Vie en Szechuan
From New York Times: The restaurant’s name, La Vie en Szechuan, is less a nod to Edith Piaf than a worldly sounding pitch to the moneyed Chinese who make their way to New York. With this comes less oil in the cooking and more decorative presentations. The marvel is that the chef, Zhong Qing Wang, a native of Chengdu, refines Sichuan flavors without extinguishing them.Continued
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La Vie en Szechuan reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since May 18, 2014
- Ambiance3.5Noise LevelEnergetic
good for groups (8)fit for foodies (7)great for lunch (6)hot spot (2)neighborhood gem (2)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
- Food is AmazingFoodieGoodieDined on 8/8/2014I have had Chinese food in many places but the food here is really amazing. The choices in the menu are not the typical offering in a Chinese restaurant. The dishes are interesting, flavorful and had good presentation. The service is also very good. The waiter was very courteous, patient in explaining the items in the menu and attentive.Special Features:
- Pleasant SurpriseOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/15/2014I had doubts about La Vie en Szechuan because of its calculatingly pretentious name meant to sound fancy and its location in the tourist hub around Empire State Building / Macy's. I went there for lunch with a coworker who'd three years in China and a friend from Beijing. I'm Chinese as well and had just spent two years in China. We all thought the food was authentic and well-prepared. The restaurant was filled with Chinese patrons, who seem to agree with us about the food's authenticity. The service stands out for a Chinese restaurant, with the staff speaking both Mandarin and English and offering suggestions. The decor was also nice, and matches the midtown east setting. Price was average to above average for Chinese food.Special Features:
- all so tasty!lekkerDined on 6/10/2014Hard to chose, everything is so good. Also great vegetarian food!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 9 reviews are from the La Vie en Szechuan reviews archive.
- Wonderful surpriseKimbafaceDined on 5/6/2014Visited here based on open table reviews and was not disappointed. The food was wonderful and unique from what I am used to in West Coast Szechuan restaurants. The value was incredible and I especially noted how friendly and helpful the staff was. I only wish I lived in New York so I could eat here often!Special Features:
- Interesting!DizmeupVIPDined on 3/28/2014Well, all I can say is that this place serves one the best szechuan food around New York City, however, I would not go back. The place is like a shoe box. Tables are on top of everyone and you are literally eating with strangers right next to you. My husband and daughter enjoyed the food very much. I, however, thought it was a bit too funky for me. I like to venture out on food but this was out of the ordinary for me. Tongue, pigs feet, pigs ear, rabbit , etc. were some of the items on the 35 page picture menu. In addition, a huge TV screen showing how they prepare some of the food was out of the ordinary. I don't enjoy watching chickens and fish heads being chopped off while I am eating. I will not got back.
- Great Chinese foodMidcoastDinerVIPDined on 2/28/2014After travelling on a "tour" of China last fall, we were anxious for better Chinese food, and we found it at La Vie. Probably almost entirely from the Szechuan area, the food is excellent. We were the only non-Asians dining on a Friday night and were--amusingly enough--asked more than once if we wanted forks.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Proper Chinese Food!!!BurrDined on 2/14/2014Food was outstanding and portion sizes are huge. Felt sorry about not being able to finish our dishes. Will return when we go back to New York.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic lunch for 4LLum83VIPDined on 2/2/2014We had a double date with our friends who also love Szechuan food. We ordered the steamed fish, a chicken dish, garlic stirfry peasprouts and everything was yummy. A bit on the salty side, for all of our tastes but other than that, it was great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An Unexpected FindHungrytigerVIPDined on 1/25/2014This is hands down the most authentic Sichuan dining experience I have had in New York City. Although I had walked by a number of times, I ventured in to meet a friend on his way to Penn Station. The food was uniformly delicious and far from the ordinary fare at most Chinese restaurants. But be warned that the food is fiery. The service was courteous and we were one of the few non-Chinese customers there. I was in mourning when the Grand Sichuan a couple of blocks away closed but this is way better. I made sure I left with a copy of the delivery menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great dinner with friends!LLum83VIPDined on 12/6/2013Friends of ours came into town from Finland, and we thought we would give them a Szechuan experience. BOY were they surprised and SO SO SO happy! We ordered the Ox Tongue and Maw with roasted chili vinaigrette (SO DELICIOUS!) We also ordered Spicy chicken with fried dough twist, Sauteed pea shoot with garlic sauce, Braised fish filet Chong qing style and sauteed green beans. When the dishes arrived we were SO surprised on how LARGE they were, but the 4 of us ate ALL of it! My only "warning" is that the dishes are a tad bit salty, at least for my taste! BUT SO GOOD!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not my first time and not my lastJohnDined on 10/13/2013Took my in-laws and out of town friends who love Szechwan food. What I like about LVeS is that the flavors are fresh and direct. The food tastes fresher than it does at many other Szechwan places, perhaps because there's somewhat less oil used, and it doesn't mask the flavors? Not sure. I tried some things I hadn't before and wasn't disappointed. Conch with chile oil, sea clams with celery and scallion sauce, sesame noodles (standard dish, but nicely done), fried chicken with fried dough twists, and a range of other dishes. All good. They do vegetables well, too. I really like the pickled vegetables and recommend it. Alas, I have too many vegetarian friends and family members, so I've never explored the pork options. All look good.Special Features:
- SaltyOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/17/2013One appetizer of cold chicken in green sauce was inedible because it was salty and very sour. Sent back the hot and sour soup as it was way too salty. The wonton soup was very good though. Main duck dish was good but very plain.