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Great NY Noodletown - favorite dishes?

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its been a while since i've been to great ny noodletown, so im going tomorrow and i almost always get the same thing...so im wondering what else people really like there?

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  1. I have a similar habit at NY Noodletown as well. For some reason I like to get their BBQ Roast Pork with Choy Sum over Pan Fried Noodles. For me it is the perfect meeting of the crispy noodles and the hot dish. It's around $7.50 and could be a light meal for two. It is not on the menu but they will make it. Used to gobble up this same dish dish in Hongkong. They also usually add some carrots and/or mushrooms.

    1. I love the flowering chives with seabass, the roast duck and suckling pig, the salt baked shoft shells (when in season), their fried noodle dishes, sauteed snowpea greens Nothing that adventurous, but I always get the same thing!

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      1. re: kayonyc

        Salt baked anything (we usually get the combo - shrimp-scallop-squid), seafood with vegetables with wide noodles, roast baby pig, beef tendon (only if you don't mind gelatinous textures) eventually with ramen noodles.

        1. re: RedVelvet

          Could you tell me the name of the wide noodles, please??

          1. re: erica

            Hi, erica
            that's how they're touted on the menu and they're supposed to be the default noodles of the dish - they're basically egg noodles and they're not that wide, more like fettuccine. They did bring us the wrong noodles twice - once with the very wide rice noodles and once with the fried thin noodles, so I guess it wouldn't hurt to mention egg noodles.

            1. re: RedVelvet

              I would like to go and compare these dishes to Noodle Village. We probably should have ordered the pork instead of the duck.

      2. Perhaps easy to overlook because it's a standard take-out item, their singapore mei fun is delicious - spicy and a little "greasy."

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        1. re: scooter

          oops, meant to add one of those place link things, screwed it up...

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          Great New York Noodletown
          28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: scooter

            This is the best Singapore Mai Fun in the city I think. Completely outrageous drunk food.

            We also like salt-baked squid (soft-shell crabs were great during the summer, too) or pork or duck with flowering chives.

          2. so i ended up getting the following:
            - wonton noodle soup with cha siu (this is what i always get) - as usual it was excellent and the cha siu was amazing for some reason (the best ive had in ny in a long time)
            - salt baked squid - it was good here, much better than most ctown places make it, crispy, not too much batter. the only issue i have is that for some reason the squid they use is always kind of rubbery although to be fair great ny noodletown's was much better than most
            - stuffed eggplant - this was pieces of the purple eggplant sliced in the middle and stuffed with a fishcake and covered in a black bean sauce. i liked this, it was good (i also love black bean sauce)

            all in great ny noodletown was good as usual. i mean i think it has to be one of the most reviewed places ever, but at the end of the day the food is good and you have to take it for what kind of restaurant it is...its solid cheap cantonese food like the type of stuff you just grab at the avg little noodle shop in HK (which are awesome btw)

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            1. re: Lau

              I agree about the salt baked squid. It is pretty good. I prefer it over the other salt-baked items as it doesn't taste as greasy.

            2. I love the pan fried noodle dishes, especially with the fish. The combination ofthe crispy and soft noodles with the vegetables and fish are delicious. A must for all dishes at noodletown is the little-known scallion ginger sauce they serve on the side fo some dishes. It comes in a very small shallow dish so ask for a small bowl of it which cost $2 more. well worth it if you like salty, gingery stuff in oil.

              All of the BBQ stuff is great. The roast pork, baby pig, suckling pig and duck over rice with the ginger/scallion sauce.

              Sometimes I get some thing simple which is still delicious. Something like thier beef with broccoli (ask for chines broccoli) in oyster sauce. The ginger sauce on top too.

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              1. re: NYCPilot

                Love the ginger-scallion sauce. Ususally, I get the noodles with ginger-scallion sauce. Roast pork and duck. Salt baked soft shell crab or squid. Have never gone wrong there.

                1. re: jdf

                  We went to Noodletown tonight for the first time. I was anxious to try the duck and pork. We were accidentally served the shrimp dumpling soup instead of wonton pork soup, but it was fine so we just kept it! The waiter was also really grumpy. We just ate it. The second soup was the real low point. The dumplings in the duck soup we ordered were fine, but the duck on top was terrible. I was shocked. The skin had not been rendered at all and there was a thick layer of uncrispy rare fat under flabby skin. I love duck, and do not mind some remaining fat, but this was over the top. It was really inedible and every piece was all bone-almost no meat at all. I had such high hopes. The place was very crowded being a Sunday evening. Maybe they were rushing the cooking, but it was a real disappointment for us as we had read so much about this place. Maybe it was just an off night. I wish we had a chance to try the pork, and will return again to sample it. Can anyone suggest the best duck in chinatown? Now I am REALLY craving great duck!

                  1. re: hungryinmanhattan

                    The Roast Duck Noodle Soup at Noodletown just uses slices of the roast duck. It's crispier if you get it as a plate, not in soup, and along with Wing Huang, it's the best I've had in Chinatown. Obviously, you may not agree.

                    1. re: Pan

                      It wasn't slices at all. It was hacked up boney bits with just a tiny bit of meat, fat and skin. Slices of duck would have been nice! We will try the roast duck alone next time. Again, maybe just an off night.

                      1. re: hungryinmanhattan

                        That's very surprising. Yeah, that definitely sounds off!

                        I just noticed you said a layer of "rare fat." I don't think I've ever gotten rare duck fat at Noodletown.

                        1. re: Pan

                          Pan, You know I meant unrendered fat,not rare! But, to change the subject, I would like to ask you if you know where they use fresh shrimp for the wontons? I saw you posted that Noodletown shrimp are good enough but not fresh.They were good enough and I liked the ones with tree fungus as well. Could you suggest where the wontons are made with fresh shrimp? I read some post that said they got a whole fresh shrimp in each wonton but can't find it. Thanks

                          1. re: hungryinmanhattan

                            Try Noodle Village @ Mott, corner of Mosco.
                            I think they offer some of the best mainstream (ie, not 潮州) noodle soups, except for the roast meats which are just OK. Either shrimp wonton, fish cake, or peidan dumpling is a must! Also, their broth is nice and the noodle selection is better.
                            Please note that they are a little more expensive and the portions are smaller than the competition. Still enough food, IMHO.

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                            Noodle Village
                            13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                            1. re: diprey11

                              Here's the Noodle Village thread:

                              http://www.chow.com/topics/493604

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                              Noodle Village
                              13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                            2. re: hungryinmanhattan

                              I haven't even considered them good enough lately and have been avoiding wontons and shrimp dumplings in Noodletown soups. diprey has the answer covered above. I've also found Bo Ky fine, but I'm not sure if I've had shrimp wontons there, as opposed to shrimp balls.

                              1. re: Pan

                                i had a pretty decent meal at noodle village this week, im going to write it up later today...ill post back once i have it done

                                1. re: Lau

                                  Thanks for the update and I will try this spot and report back. Much appreciated.

                2. Three jewels
                  Roast baby pig