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The Best noodles in Chinatown?

Emmmily Aug 13, 2009 04:49 PM

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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    marykay21 RE: Emmmily Aug 13, 2009 05:10 PM

    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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      Emmmily RE: marykay21 Aug 13, 2009 06:59 PM

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

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        Pan RE: Emmmily Aug 23, 2009 05:27 PM

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

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          windycity RE: Pan Aug 25, 2009 10:12 AM

          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.

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            Pan RE: windycity Aug 25, 2009 10:55 PM

            Who knows? Lots of crap is very popular.

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              A5 KOBE RE: windycity Aug 26, 2009 01:31 AM

              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. scoopG RE: Emmmily Aug 13, 2009 07:05 PM

        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:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637995
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/492376
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/504362

        Lines at Wo Hop? When? To be avoided at all times:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/439410

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          Emmmily RE: scoopG Aug 14, 2009 06:22 AM

          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!

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            scoopG RE: Emmmily Aug 14, 2009 08:26 AM

            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.

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            Chandavkl RE: scoopG Aug 21, 2009 05:13 PM

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

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            bearmi RE: Emmmily Aug 13, 2009 07:20 PM

            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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              Emmmily RE: bearmi Aug 14, 2009 06:19 AM

              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.

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                Anicca RE: Emmmily Aug 14, 2009 02:01 PM

                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 markets.to boot. It's no NY, but a very pleasant place to go to school, even if outsiders don't believe it.

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                  Emmmily RE: Anicca Aug 14, 2009 04:17 PM

                  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.

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              FrankieLymon RE: Emmmily Aug 14, 2009 11:28 AM

              I don't find anything bland about Super Taste.

              1. Emmmily RE: Emmmily Aug 20, 2009 09:20 PM

                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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                  KTinNYC RE: Emmmily Aug 20, 2009 09:31 PM

                  Bo Ky, right?

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                    small h RE: KTinNYC Aug 21, 2009 06:42 AM

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

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                      Emmmily RE: KTinNYC Aug 21, 2009 03:45 PM

                      Right, Bo Ky. Whoops.

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                        bearmi RE: Emmmily Aug 21, 2009 05:01 PM

                        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.

                  2. DarthEater RE: Emmmily Aug 20, 2009 10:04 PM

                    I love Noodle Village on Mott Street..

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                      Pan RE: DarthEater Aug 23, 2009 05:29 PM

                      I'm not familiar with it. Where is it, and do you have any particular favorites there? I love noodle soups and I'm always happy to try a good place that's new to me.

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                        scoopG RE: Pan Aug 23, 2009 05:59 PM

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

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                          Pan RE: scoopG Aug 23, 2009 08:58 PM

                          Thanks, scoop.

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                      ScoopST RE: Emmmily Aug 21, 2009 04:52 PM

                      Thanks for all the great suggestions! I am having a huge craving for Chinese food! Even better affordable! Will definitely be taking everyone's advice. Thanks!

                      1. bigjeff RE: Emmmily Aug 22, 2009 10:12 PM

                        there gotta be some vietnamese options in the mix, not necessarily pho, but a good bun with spring rolls and grilled pork, or some other noodles. there must a decent asam laksa or stuffed vegetable curry noodle soup from a malaysian joint too.

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