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Aug 13, 2009 04:49 PM

The Best noodles in Chinatown?

Based on my (admittedly limited) experience, I'm gonna nominate Eastern Noodle and their spicy noodles with ground pork (not actually spicy, but delicious anyway, and there's chili oil on the table). Bonus points for their little steamed pork dumplings - called juicy purses, I think? Second place goes to Lan Zhou at 144 E Broadway, and 3rd to Sheng Wang. (Heresy, I know, but I found the soup at Super Taste kinda bland.) What do you think? Where an I missing that's even better? I'm moving out of the city for grad school next Wednesday - what do I absolutely have to try before I leave?

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  1. wo hop...the best everything! (I am sorry I do not know the address)
    Cheap and delicious. Always a line to get in.

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    1. re: marykay21

      Ooh, I'll stop by this weekend. Thanks!

      1. re: Emmmily

        Don't. Wo Hop is egregiously horrible. Just disgusting-tasting.

        1. re: Pan

          So is it just driven by tourists? I'm confused because whenever I've passed by on the weekends, there are long lines. Never been inspired to eat there though.

          1. re: windycity

            Who knows? Lots of crap is very popular.

            1. re: windycity

              Not totally driven by tourists but I have never seen a single Chinese person in there besides myself. The cuisine is not chinese, it is Americanized Chinese.

      2. You mean Hand-Pulled Noodles and I too like Far Eastern on Forsyth. Food Sing at 2 East Broadway is also good. There are many threads:

        Lines at Wo Hop? When? To be avoided at all times:

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        1. re: scoopG

          Not necessarily hand-pulled - I'm open to other kinds, just found so far that the hand-pulled ones have blown the others out of the water. Though I do need to go back to Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles on Doyer and try their shaved ones. If you've got non-hand-pulled recs that will stand up to the rest, bring 'em on!

          1. re: Emmmily

            I love the Cantonese style pan fried noodle dishes which can be found at any good Cantonese joint, including:

            Big Wong King at 67 Mott Street, 10013.
            New Chao Chao at 111 Mott Street, 10013.
            Yogee Restaurant at 85 Chrystie Street, 10002.
            Yummy Noodles at 44 Bowery, 10013.

          2. re: scoopG

            There may be lines at Wo Hop when everything else in that part of Chinatown has closed down.

          3. First of all, wish you good luck in Grad School. I hope you will get good food wherever you go.

            Not sure if it will be too "authentic" for you, but I like Bo Ky's Noodle Soups. I think it's Chaozhous-style, which is less common than other Cantonese or Northern Chinese places in Chinatown. Some of their noodle soups are Cambodian / Southeast Asian style, which is kind of refreshing at a Chinese restaurant. More specifically, I like their special beef noodle soup.

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            1. re: bearmi

              Thanks! I'll be in New Haven - it's no New York, but I've heard good things about the food up there. No such thing as "too authentic." I'll give it a try at least, and my lunch buddy is a fluent Chinese speaker, so no problems with the language barrier. I like the idea of a different regional take on them, too.

              1. re: Emmmily

                I'm assuming by New Haven you mean Yale. I did undergrad there about a decade ago and, yes, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by your food options there. The casual food places around campus are GREAT for their purpose (Naples and Yorkside diners, for example); the pizza in town is legendary and better than anything I've since had in NY; there's one or two of almost every kind of ethnic food in town and the quality is consistently and surprisingly high (and the prices attractive). In a recent visit it was clear that the massive Asian and Latin immigration to NH over the past decade is leaving its mark. I noticed at least 5 Asian markets around town -- none of which existed 10 years ago and several Mexican boot. It's no NY, but a very pleasant place to go to school, even if outsiders don't believe it.

                1. re: Anicca

                  Yup, Yale it is, for the next 5-6 years if all goes well (masters/phd program). And my new apartment is about a block from Modern Apizza - not a bad start.

            2. I don't find anything bland about Super Taste.

              1. I tried Bo Ly's noodle soup for lunch on Tuesday - the noodles themselves were pretty standard (I got the wide noodles, maybe the egg noodles are more distinctive?), but they get the prize for most deliciously flavorful meat & broth I've had yet. I'll definitely be adding them to my repertory for when I'm in town.

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                  1. re: KTinNYC

                    or Cong Ly? I'm voting for Cong Ly - I think it's better than Bo Ky.

                      1. re: Emmmily

                        Glad you liked it. I was there the other day to "confirm" the quality and noticed that the noodle was not as good as I had before. Not sure if it was a busy day or maybe they are going to lower quality noodle to save money due to the bad economy? But like you said, their broth is really good so that part wasn't compromised.

                        I have never been to Cong Ly.. I will have to check it out next time.