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good Asian noodles in Midtown

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I am sorry: I know this topic has been beaten to death, and then more....I was not able to get to a satisfactory conclusion. I am so sorry: please help me out if you can!

I am looking for a place where you can find REAL good Asian noodles (Japanese preferred, all kinds of Chinese are excellent, and willing to learn more) for a lunch or maybe dinner, no other concerns are the problem (i.e., will reserve in advance if required, willing to speak their native language, will bring a team of 6+ hungry Asian men:) . The point is the noodles: springy, lively, in any broth or a sauce. Any place between 42nd and the 14th St is fine. Will pay what it costs, at least once.

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  1. Menchuko-tei on 45th and lex for ramen, Onya for udon on 47th btwn lex and 3d, if you're willing to go as low as 14th you might as well just go a littler further for Ippudo.

    1. I like the Dan Dan Noodles at Szechuan Gourmet (on West 39th street betwen 5th and 6th Avenue, near Lord and Taylor). They serve mostly entrees so people usually order Dan Dan Noodles as an appetizer there, but it's still very good! Their food is very spicy so watch out for the heat.!! To be honest, I don't think their noodles were that springy or lively, but the broth/sauce was pretty good.

      p.s. they also have a few different noodle soup on the menu, under the "Rice and Noodle" section. I have tried the "Madame Song's Braised Noodle" with shrimp and fish. It's good too!

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      1. re: bearmi

        Menkuitei Ramen on w. 56th btwn 5th and 6th ave is great, quick and cheap. The mabo ramen is excellent!

        1. re: bearmi

          @bearmi: Thank you! I love SG, and I am happy to consider myself their regular. If this is not too much to ask, can you be so kind as transcribe the Mme Song noodle dish in either Chinese or pinyin? Sorry and thank you so much again.

          @greenteaqueen: Thank you! I love ma-po ramen noodles a lot!

          1. re: diprey

            I've tried the Madam Songs Braised Noodles w. Shrimp & Fish Filet, the Braised Noodle w. Shrimp, Chicken, Pork & Veg. (Tai Lu Mein) and Sichuan Brisket Beef w. noodles at SG. They're all just ok. Just something to try once to make sure there wasn't something amazing on the menu I was missing out on but not something I would get again.

            1. re: diprey

              No problem. Sorry I didn't respond earlier... for some reason I didn't see your post. I don't have their takeout menu with me right now but it's going to be something like 宋嫂麵 ("Song Sao Mian" / Madame Song's Noodle). You can check it out next time you are at SG and see for yourself.

          2. Get the gyoza at Menkui Tei. They are delicious.

            Also try Menchanko-Tei (other location @ 45th b/w 3rd & Lex)
            43 W 55th
            (between 5th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas)
            New York, NY 10019
            (212) 247-1585
            www.menchankotei.com

            1. Gyu Kaku on 50/3rd has great soup noodles (Ramen) They also have place in Cooper Square. My favorite is the Goma Ramen