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Dec 5, 2006 08:58 PM

ISO Cold Noodles and Sesame Sauce

I'm looking for some place in Manhattan or Brooklyn that has the best cold noodles with sesame sauce. There use to be a place in Chinatown called Little Szechuan that had the best cold noodles but I believe they closed a couple years ago. Need a substitute to feed my cravings.

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  1. Both Wu Liang Ye & Szechuan Gourmet (both midtown) do it right. It's not that awful, leaden peanut buttery stuff most bad Chinese restaurants serve.

    Was Little Szechuan that place on Oliver or Henry Street? I think they closed a long time ago.

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    1. re: Peter Cherches

      Yes it was located on Oliver Street. Very small with about 8 tables. They moved to a much larger space on East Broadway for a few years and then closed maybe 6 years ago (or maybe moved and I just don't know where).

      1. re: Peter Cherches

        I second Wu Liang Ye. Could use a plateful right now!

      2. Grand Sichuan (International Eastern Incorporated)
        1049 2nd Ave At 55 St
        (212) 355-5855

        Nice amount of heat, but not overly spiced.

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        1. re: Cheese Boy

          I like Grand Sichuan @ 21 Saint Mark's, too. Probably the same owners. Not the usual peanut butter stuff. Nice & flavorful, a little bit spicy. Also try their cold cucumber with scallion sauce, if you're looking for tasty cold apps.

          1. re: kittyboots

            I will try it, the muck of too much peanut butter seems the current

        2. I love the noodles at The Greens in Brooklyn Heights ... flat green noodles with a great sauce. This a vegitarian/kosher Chinese restaurant. Another favorite here is Yin and Yang ... realy dense mushrooms in terrific sauce that tastes just like pork! Upstairs on Montague street.

          1. The MIE chain (if there are any left) makes very good ones. I had them all the time (along with the even better, atypical Dan Dan Noodles) at the late lamented place on 1st Ave. @ 13th St.

            The place on 7th Ave. between 54th and 55th, just south of the Carnegie Deli, also makes good ones. I often take them home for dinner. However, eat them quickly. If you keep them overnight, the vinegar predominates.

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            1. re: KRS

              There's still a Mee on 9th Avenue. I sort of like their fake dan dan noodles--it reminds me a bit of a Chinese attempt at fettucine Bolognese.

              Are you talking about China Regency near Carnegie Deli? I don't know if I've had the noodles there, but the place is an abomination, and when I worked midtown coworkers always wanted to go there (the same people who always wanted to go to Carmine's).


              1. re: Peter Cherches

                Yes, it's China Regency. I agree that it's generally awful, but they make great sesame noodles. I work a few blocks away and bring them home for dinner about once every 3 weeks.

              2. re: KRS

                Mee at 53rd and 9th makes good sesame noodles. They're a bargain at $1.95

                  1. re: Peter Cherches

                    As I told someone in a post for $5 eats, you can get a decent sized dish of sesame noodles-$1.95, Vegetable Hot and Sour soup w/Cellophane Noodles-$1.85 (pretty big bowl-delicious)and scallion pancakes (fairly crisp and dry-not sodden)$1.95. I call it the trinity. Completely filling for under $6

              3. Joe's Shanghai use to make a pretty good one with spinach noodles. Don't know if they still make it anymore.