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Sep 20, 2007 07:55 AM

Chinatown: beyond GNY Noodletown

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So I was in Chinatown last night looking for dinner, and was headed for my standby, Great NY Noodletown, when I was hit with the urge to try somewhere different. But I was hungry, couldn't think of anywhere I'd heard recommended that I hadn't tried, got overwhelmed with the huge number of options and ended up slinking back to the Noodletown for a plate of sea bass with flowering chives. Not that there's anything wrong with that.... but next time I'm in the mood for something in that vein but want to try somewhere different, where should I go? What should I order?

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  1. I'm kind of waiting for Brian S. to answer this one ... But I've had some good meals lately on Chowhound recommendations at Amazing 66 (classic Cantonese) on Mott, a number of the Malaysian joints (Skyway, Nyonya, New Malaysia), the noodle place on Eldridge (Super Taste) ... and some good snacks and sweets at Taipan on Canal and Paris Bakery.

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    1. re: foodmonk

      Thank you... I agree with all your recommendations, especially Amazing 66.

      See also

      Noodletown is really good, by the way, or used to be. I remember eating there years ago and thinking, this place is SO good that if the NY Times only knew about it, they would give it at least one star, maybe too, but it's so small the Times will never find out about it.... And then of course they did.

      1. re: Brian S

        I'm not sure how long ago you're talking about, but the NY Times did review NY Noodletown. In 1994.

        1. re: E Eto

          Yes indeed. Reichl gave them TWO stars, that's what put them on the map. I used to go before then, in 1992, and think what a shame it was that the Times would never notice a little "dive" like that.

          1. re: E Eto

            Back in the '90s it was known simply as New York Noodletown, more recently becoming Great N.Y. Noodletown. Does anybody know if there was an ownership change in the interim, or was it just some kind of internal adjustment that resulted in the name change? (Ditto with Hee Seung Fung becoming HSF.)

        2. re: foodmonk

          I can't say I really like Nyonya that much - for all the times I've been, I never felt like the taste was mind-blowing or that the price matched what it was. Plus the service is ridiculously slow, which creates longer wait times.

        3. Try one of the Vietnamese restaurants. I'm partial to New Viet Haung on Mulberry Street, but there are many to chose from.

          1. I like Oriental Garden (14 Elizabeth Street). Their seafood dishes are great but it's probably a little more $$ than New York Noodletown. I have been to NY Noodletown once.. didn't think the food was that great but it much cleaner than many other Chinatown restaurants.

            I also like Cantoon Garden (22 Elizabeth Street). It's more of a "Chinese Family Restaurant" with more family-style dishes. The food is pretty authentic there (therefore, not everyone will like it) and most diners are Chinese. And, along with the authenticity, it's not as clean as the two restaurants I have mentioned above.... I usually save this place to go with my Chinese friends.

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            1. re: bearmi

              I, too, have grown a bit weary of Noodletown, though there's nothing wrong with it, (except, maybe the crowds) and lately I've been going to JM Family Restaurant (could be MK, I'm not sure) on the corner of Henry and whatever the street is 1 block South of East Broadway. Last time there we ordered Snails in Black Bean sauce and the waiter ran out to get fresh snails up the block, 'cause they'd run out. (What service!) For good old Duck-in-the-window style Chinese, I recommend it highly. Great Chow Fun, Wontons and outstanding Peking-Style Pork Chops. Certainly up there with N-Town and miles above Wo Hop, which call Whoa Glop.

            2. Give New Yeah Shanghai on Bayard, and their outrageous honey pork a try

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              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                I love love love New Yeah. I can't get the honey BBQ pork shoulder unless we have 4 people or more though - too much for me to take down all my my lonesome.

                Plus they have the best soup dumplings in town.

              2. For something different, get Pho at one of the Vietnamese places. We like Pho Grand and Pho Bang. Order the Pho Tai to start. It is a beef soup with a gentle flavor. It comes with noodles and thin rare beef on top. Depending on which restaurant, they have onions, scallions and cilantro. They also serve a plate of bean sprouts, lemon/lime and basil. Add some, add fish sauce, soy sauce and hot sauce. Mmmm.

                Also - Grand Sichuan. Many excellent and authentic dishes.

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                1. re: LSchnetzer

                  I'm going to say Super Taste Restaurant on Eldridge for hand-pulled noodles. The spicy beef hand-pulled noodles are mighty scrumptious!

                  1. re: midtownfoodie

                    agreed, i eat there every thursday...i've become too regular they don't even ask us what we want anymore

                    1. re: Lau

                      Just curious, but what do you get there? I haven't been able to stray from the spicy beef!

                      1. re: midtownfoodie

                        I've tried most of the soup noodles there and i've come to the conclusion that the spicy beef noodle is the best (pork bone is also work trying although the spicy beef noodle is better). I also get fish balls (yu wan in chinese) and if i'm really hungry i'll also get the boiled dumplings (shui jiao in chinese). The fish balls are boiled fish balls with a small amount of beef in the center and they're served in a broth (suggest eating them with chili oil) and the dumplings are good as well, just typical boiled dumplings although the sauce they give you is tasty (its a soy sauce that is sort of tangy, i think they put fish sauce and maybe some vinegar in it)