Great NY Noodletown - great again...
I'm reviewing this place even though its got to be one of the all time most reviewed restaurants ever...that said i think its one of the more consistent and solid restaurants in chinatown (and im pretty critical of most restaurants in ctown b/c they're not that good). We went again today for lunch and got two things:
1) beef with flowering chives - this was really good, i kept reading about the flowering chive dishes and it was good. It's tender slices of beef with long thin vegetables in a black bean sauce...the flowering chives are sort of similar to string beans, but smaller and much thinner...im curious as to what they are b/c they say the same thing in chinese literally chive flower (jiu cai hua)
2) salt baked squid - everyone knows what this is and it was again very good
As long as you take it for what it is (cheap cantonese comfort type food) then Great NY Noodletown is very good...
We were there on Saturday and also enjoyed a good meal. The highlights were soup with shrimp dumplings and noodles, salt baked shrimp, sauteed baby bok choy and duck (not much meat.) Highly recommend it!
We joke that they must use crack in their dishes as we find we're addicted to NY Noodletown. I might be heading there tonight and if I can pull myself from ordering yet again the wide noodles with seafood, I'll try the beef with flowering chives. :)
I really don't know what the big deal is about this place. I've only been there once, and got what I always get at lunchy cantonese places - shrimp wontons with he fen noodles (soup) and a plate of chashao pork. I wasn't really impressed by either of them. I recall the shrimp in the wontons weren't deveined and were therefore a bit gritty, and the chashao was fine, but didn't stand out. I know this isn't a high end place, but even for what it is I wasn't that impressed.
Yeap, tried the beef with flowering chives and it was really good - I'm mostly impressed with how tender the beef was, not that the slightly garlicky brown sauce wasn't good (I wish it was more of it, actually). Also got the Singapore Mai Fun (husband's favorite) and it was pretty good also.