October 9, 2010
1105 Route 46 East
Clifton, NJ 07013
  • Cost: $$$
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Take Out: Yes

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October 9, 2010


We had high hopes for Chengdu 46, frequently mentioned as New Jersey’s top Chinese restaurant. Given some of the reviews I’ve read, I thought the Sichuan fare would crack my top three Chinese. Not so, unfortunately. The Dumplings in Spicy Sauce aren’t, and the Spicy Volcano Beef is so salty (and this is saying something given my palate) I couldn’t taste anything else after two mouthfuls. The Cold Sesame Noodles taste fine and our solemn waiter in a tux put on quite a show preparing the Bananas Flambee, but the resulting dessert is too bitter to eat. Perhaps Chengdu 46 is living off past glory, serving expensive Chinese food to upscale, overwhelmingly non-Chinese diners.