When it comes to finding good Chinese food in Midtown, Szechuan (or Sichuan) cooking tends to dominate, unless you're looking for American Chinese food. I've written before about one of the star restaurants in the area, Szechuan Gourmet. It tends to get most of the attention while another terrific spot resides in its shadow just a few blocks away. Grand Sichuan, on Lexington Avenue near 33rd Street, is one of my go-to spots and definitely at the top of my list for nearby Chinese.
There are some dishes I just can't do without when I eat there, and on this visit I didn't. But I also tried a couple of new dishes.
So next time you find yourself in the Murry Hill area, keep Grand Sichuan in mind. It's likely to have fewer crowds, if any, and you'll feel like you've found a hidden gem.