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Jan 19, 2010 02:46 PM

Think There's A New Hand Pulled Noodle Place in Chinatown

Sorry I don't remember the name or exact location. It's on the east side of Forsyth, just north of where the entrance to Xian Famous Foods is. Bright new sign. Any reports would be appreciated.

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  1. Isn't it the old Great Northern Noodles, one of the early lanzhou shops, just with a new name and sign? I thought so, but couldn't recall for sure. Anyhow, I ate there a week or so ago and thought it was good. Excellent noodles, pulled to order, decent broth.

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    1. re: tazerowe

      If we're talking about the same place (bright new purplish lighted sign, just 2-3 storefronts South of Canal on the East side of Forsyth), then I believe the old name may have been Far Eastern Noodles - the address was 28 Forsyth Street. Looked bright and busy yesterday evening, but I didn't go in.
      Line was well out the door at Xi'an around 7pm; wait for food was more than half an hour all told. And still totally worth it. I think Sifton gave them a much-deserved favorable mention this week, so the long waits may be here to stay.

      1. re: CalJack

        Well 28 Forsyth St. was the locaton of the fabled Eastern Noodles. Does this mean that they're gone?

        1. re: Chandavkl

          There is a different name on the awning. Noodles still pulled as waited. Similar menu and quality to Eldridge St. shops. This is a bad location. Eldridge St. is much busier. I don't know if the management is different from Eastern Noodles.

          1. re: MahatmaKanejeeves

            New Owners and a new name: "Kuai An Hand Pull Noodles Restaurant"(快安拉麵 - Kuai An La Mian.) Mr. Gao sold the place. More limited menu than Far Eastern but slightly cheaper.

            1. re: scoopG

              Oh dear! After a long break, I went back to Eastern Noodles recently (didn't notice the name change on the waning) and noticed the place looked nicer and didn't recognize the people behind the counter (Mr. Gao had been there everytime I've gone in the past). So I thought something was up.

              I ordered the pork bone noodle soup, and while it was fine, it was so very salty. Way more than when Mr. Gao was there.

    2. A new dao shao mian place? I'm so excited! What did you have there?

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      1. re: diablofoodie

        Shou la mian not dao shao/xiao mian. Hand-pulled not knife-cut. Although they may have the latter too (If it's a Lanzhou place, it's less likely than if it were a Shaanxi place).

        1. re: buttertart

          I actually prefer the knife shaved noodles, so I just called and the lady told me they only do the shou la mian. :( Lanzhou does the knife shaved noodles though. I called and went on Monday.

          1. re: buttertart

            darn. In my excitement, I misread. Sad, but still hungry!

            1. re: diablofoodie

              All restraints to one side in the pursuit of good food (I like the knife-cut better too).

              1. re: diablofoodie

                Did you check out the knife cut noodles at Tasty Hand Pulled Noodle (sic) on Doyers?

            1. re: AubWah

              It is not as good as my current favorite spot - Food Sing 88 Corp. at 2 East Broadway. Best broth bar none of all the hand-pulled noodle shops IMO. Far Eastern used to be my favorite until Mr. Gao and family packed up and sold the place.

              1. re: scoopG

                Food Sing 88 is my fave as well, over Supertaste and some other places I can't remember the name of. Good soup, low prices, clean tables, cheerful staff. I don't need much more.