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Famous Sichuan: Fine Chinese Food in Chinatown Without the Wait

Here's the question I'm asked at cocktail parties just about as much as "what's your favorite restaurant?": Where can we eat in (Manhattan's) Chinatown without waiting in line? Well, serious eaters, I have an answer for you: Famous Sichuan. It's a place that Robyn Lee's been going to since last November, and every time she goes she says there's never anybody in the place. I worry about good, moderately priced restaurants going out of business (we need every last one of them), so I went for the ridiculously cheap $5.50 lunch special both days I was wandering around Chinatown during my two-day tour of jury duty. More

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