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Empire Szechuan

Upper West Side
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193 Columbus Ave, New York City, NY 10023-5103
+1 212-496-8778
10:30 - 01:30
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These are the rudest people I've ever encountered in a restaurant. Will never ever go back. Hot and sour soup watery and tasteless. Main dish just acceptable.

Thank 4177anig
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234 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm an American Born Chinese (ABC) who has relatives who have owned and operated Chinese restaurants, and who has eaten authentic Chinese food - home cooked, food cooked in restaurants in two different countries; good Chinese food, bad Chinese food, and in between. We ordered pan fried dumplings, beef chow fun, and scallion pancakes for delivery. Everything was tasty, cooked... More 

Thank Frequenttraveler082
New York, New York, United States
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49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I eat here about twice a year. I have never been disappointed with the meal. I will keep coming back.

Thank SwamiAsokananda
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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186 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Yes 1982 - I and my wife were regulars - and the food is very good by DC standards - Washington does not have any memorable Chinese restaurants - but mundane for NYC. I am addicted to sesame noodles, these lacked scaklions and had too much sauce but werecstill good. I also had Ta Chien Chicken and it was a... More 

Thank Michael S
Rancho Mirage, California
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281 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

I come here 2 times a year for the duck and a few other things I always enjoy it. Have been coming here for 21 years. The same family seems to own or manage it. They are collectively the most u pleasant people in the restaurant industry. So foolish when this is a local spot with the potential for being... More 

Thank Irvinggetthecar
New Hope, Pennsylvania
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165 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I formerly lived in the neighborhood and I dined in and took out lots of meals. I brought family in when we couldn't decide between Chinese & Japanese food. Obviously I liked the place. Recently back in the neighborhood we tried it again. The faces were the same and the service was good, but the food was not up to... More 

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556 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

I'm not a fan of Chinese food but wow was this delicious! The miso soup is very flavorful and the sweet and sour chicken was amazing. The oranges for dessert were sweet and juicy. Definitely recommend this place. The service was quick as well.

Thank AJCC1
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

1.0 star rating 2/20/2016 We had dinner here with our family including 2 elderly grandparents and 2 babies. Although, we had reservations the waiters gave us a hard time about the 2 high chairs needed and insisted on sitting our group of 10 at a table for 8. (I literally had to to move a nearby table for 2 by... More 

Thank ajrbjr615
Portland, Oregon, United States
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95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

so, you go to nyc and there's nothing on the planet cooked anywhere that you can't find somewhere in manhattan. but after living in new york for 21 years i developed a taste for one thing that you can't find anywhere on the planet than this one spot in particular: empire szechuan on 68th and columbus. and the only thing... More 

Thank Steven J
San Diego, California
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240 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Empire is a neighborhood restaurant. Upper West Side. 3 blocks from Lincoln Center. Not fancy and good if you want to avoid the tourist spots. Large variety of Chinese and Japanese. We went with Chinese - it was very good.

Thank uri123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12
Chinese, Asian, Japanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 01:30
10:30 - 01:30
10:30 - 01:30
10:30 - 01:30
10:30 - 01:30
10:30 - 01:30
10:30 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 193 Columbus Ave, New York City, NY 10023-5103
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-496-8778

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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