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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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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 01:30
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Rancho Mirage, California
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276 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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151 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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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277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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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 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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94 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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165 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

This is the typical neighborhood Chinese place in NYC, which means their food, average by NY standards, is better than anything i can get in Washington DC. The food is inexpensive, delivery is fast and the food is hot. Why am I bothering to review it? My wife and I began eating there and ordering in - from a sister... More 

Thank Michael S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015 via mobile

The food is regular and the service is quick. It is pricy for what you get. OK for a quick lunch in the are

Thank tubeltop
Rancho Mirage, California
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276 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2014 via mobile

The food is better in then take out. Build your own dishes are usually good. Try to get a smile out of a server and you win the prize. Volume keeps them in business but it is just okay

Thank Irvinggetthecar
New York City, New York
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55 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

This was the perfect stop for a quick bite. Quality food and quick service. They knew how we wanted our food served, just two of us wanting to share a number of different items. Well worth trying for a friend or family gathering

Thank John L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
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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  • 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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