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Aug 4, 2011 08:05 PM

Handmade noodles and fresh tofu

Hello. I absolutely love handmade noodles, and I only have two weeks left here. I've had every kind of handmade noodle I know of, but maybe there's something I'm missing that I should try before I leave!

I've had...
- Soba at Cocoron and SobaKoh
- Udon at Onya
- Ramen at Ippudo and Momofuku Noodle Bar (I'm assuming handmade?)
- Jja jang myun and jjamppong at Hyo Dong Gak

I haven't really ventured much into the Chinese noodle scene (...yet).

Do you know of anything I absolutely should try before I leave?

I just remembered -- I also love fresh tofu and had never had it before living here. I've enjoyed it at EN Japanese Brasserie, Cocoron and Onya. So far, I liked Cocoron's best. Am I missing anything?

Some parameters: I'm willing to venture out a little into the outer boroughs by subway, but no more than a 30 minute trip from the Financial District, please. As for price, I'm not expecting to pay more than $25 for a dish (though I can be convinced otherwise!). And lastly -- don't hate me! -- I don't like pho. I had it every week in college and can't stomach it anymore somehow. Sorry!

Thanks Chowhounders. You guys are awesome. And for the noodles alone, I love this city!

309 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

En Japanese Brasserie
435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

Hyo Dong Gak
51 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

143 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

61 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. Liang Pi Cold Skin Noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods, and Menchanko at Menchanko Tei (even though the noodles aren't made in-house). I also like EN's tofu, and 15 East's.

    15 East
    15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

    En Japanese Brasserie
    435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

    43 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    Xi'an Famous Foods
    88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

    3 Replies
    1. re: small h

      I'd also get one of the wheat noodles (e.g., cumin lamb) at Xi'an. As good as the liang pi are, the wheat noodles are even more addictive.

      As mentioned below, add hand-pulled Lanzhou-style noodles in Chinatown. I like the ones at the small place on the east side of Forsythe, south of canal. The name changes a lot - maybe it is Eastern Authentic these days?

      Kuaile La Mian
      28 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002

      1. re: tazerowe

        Thanks, tazerowe. I don't know why the whole Chinese noodle scene intimidates me, but I'm gonna have to get over it and look for that restaurant.

      2. re: small h

        Thanks, small h! I'll be right near Menchanko Tei this weekend, so that works out perfectly! And I might check out 15 East for their prix-fixe and of course get their fresh tofu. Thanks!

        15 East
        15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

      3. Thought of a couple more: Arirang has interesting "dough flake" noodles, although I wasn't crazy about the food overall. And you should probably go to one of the hand-pulled noodle places in Chinatown. Of the three or four I've tried, I like 88 Food Sing best.

        Food Sing 88
        2 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

        32 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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        1. re: small h

          Ah, I've heard of Arirang. I remember bookmarking it over the winter, but never got a chance to go. I'm Korean myself, but still can't imagine what "dough flake" noodles are! Must try. Thanks again!

          32 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

        2. If you like thick noodles, the knife cut noodles at Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles on Doyers Street in Chinatown are very good. Not to say the hand pulled noodles aren't good either.

          Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles
          1 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013