At some point, every country builds a Great Wall to keep the secret of its cuisine from spreading to foreign nations, only to find that the real wall lies in its heart. Tear down the Great Wall of painful secrets with today's Groupon: for $35, you get one appetizer, two entrees, and a round of drinks for two at Chengdu 46 in Clifton (up to an $81 value).
Infusing platters with fresh spices and seasonings imported from China, Chengdu 46's team of distinguished chefs cultivates a repertoire of authentic Sichuan dishes void of artificial additives and preservatives. Dining pairs can kick-start meals with a quartet of crispy beef patties (an $8 value) or satisfy chlorophyll cravings by ordering a set of vegetable spring rolls (a $7 value). After mouth muscles loosen up and hands force wayward chopsticks into a useful angle, savory entrees follow in the form of an Emperor filet mignon, which showcases a royal cut of beef lounging in a garden of fresh veggies and adorned with a spicy special sauce (a $26 value). A nimble-fingered meal masseuse stuffs celestial chicken rolls with tender poultry and shrimp (a $22 value), and pearl medallions treat taste buds to a medley of delicate sea scallops alongside minced shrimp and a duet of delectable sauces (a $28 value).
Chengdu 46 also houses an extensive wine list, with selections averaging $7 per glass, perfect for sipping while letting eyes rove over the restaurant's crisply painted white walls peppered with art featuring pandas and various Chinese symbols. Pristine tablecloths and romantic mood lighting create an ideal atmosphere for dates with potential sweethearts or intense strategy sessions with barbers about the best way to remedy fellow diners' haircuts.
It’s been open since the early 1980s, but there’s nothing dated about Chengdu 46. The gourmet Chinese restaurant has managed to keep a steady crowd of happy customers for the past 30 years thanks to two things: its romantic ambiance, and crack team of native Sichuan chefs. Families and dinner dates alike gather beneath red paper lanterns to savory crispy peking duck and empress chicken by the flickering candlelight. One chef specialty known as Spicy South Sea Pearls consists of whole sea scallops that have been fried, sautéed, and arranged to resemble a more grown-up version of a candy necklace. All food can be prepared for dine-in or takeout, and parties of four or more can reserve a private room and dine from a multicourse banquet menu.
1105 US Hwy. 46
Clifton, New Jersey 07013