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Best Lo Mien in the city?

Jmn8603 Aug 27, 2012 03:43 PM

I used to get the best Lo Mien in Chinatown in DC, and I can't seem to find one that compares here in NYC. I'm looking for homemade noodles and a great sauce. Any suggestions???

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    AubWah RE: Jmn8603 Aug 27, 2012 04:52 PM

    Maybe Great NY Noodletown can compare to some of the amazing gems Chinatown DC has to offer? You might have to settle a bit, after all this is Manhattan Chinatown we're talking about, not DC Chinatown

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      Pan RE: AubWah Aug 28, 2012 01:43 AM

      I was thinking Noodletown, too. My favorite lo mein there is ginger-scallion. I haven't found any of the others to measure up to that one, but they're all fine.

      Are there amazing gems in DC's Chinatown now? The last time I was there, which I think was in 2002, their Chinatown was tiny.

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        mitchleeny RE: Pan Aug 28, 2012 04:46 AM

        No, DC's Chinatown is pretty lame (and still tiny) these days. I used to like Full Kee, but that has gone way downhill.

        The OP seems to want homemade noodles, which when you start talking about hand-pulled noodles are offered in any number of places, most of which aren't exactly fine dining. Actually, they're pretty much dives.

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          scoopG RE: mitchleeny Aug 28, 2012 05:46 AM

          Food Sing 88 Corp. is by no means a dive. Neither is the hand-pulled noodle joint at 28 Forsyth.

          Food Sing 88 Corp:

          Fujian Noodle Shops:

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            mitchleeny RE: scoopG Aug 28, 2012 07:30 AM

            I guess that depends on what your definition of a dive is.

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              scoopG RE: mitchleeny Aug 28, 2012 02:04 PM

              What dive places are you talking about of the 6-7 hand-pulled joints? On Eldridge Street yes, but Food Sing 88 is by no means downmarket in the slightest.

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                AubWah RE: scoopG Aug 28, 2012 03:39 PM

                According to a real estate friend of mine, brokers are calling Eldridge Street "The Park Avenue of Chinatown".

                I used to frequent Super Taste back when I first started eating in Chinatown. Also eaten my share of Prosperity dumplings, but these days I would go for Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry, if they were still 5 for $1.25 which I hope they are.

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                  mitchleeny RE: AubWah Aug 29, 2012 03:18 PM

                  Silly me...I thought it was Catherine Street.

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            squid kun RE: mitchleeny Aug 28, 2012 11:59 PM

            The OP is looking for "homemade noodles and a great sauce" and voiced no aversion to dives. So any number of places mentioned in this thread might work, no?

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        diprey11 RE: Jmn8603 Aug 28, 2012 04:55 PM

        I like Noodle Village @13 Mott St for Cantonese noodles, both in soup and on the side.

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          foodwhisperer RE: Jmn8603 Aug 28, 2012 11:08 PM

          CH'ers hate 17 Mott , Wo Hop ( downstairs) ,,but I think their Lo Mein is excellent

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            HippieChick RE: foodwhisperer Aug 29, 2012 01:34 PM

            Downstairs Wo Hop, my maiden voyage into the great world of Chinese food, back in 1968! And duck lo mein was what I had first.

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              foodwhisperer RE: HippieChick Aug 30, 2012 04:34 AM

              Yep, and it is still there and still thriving. Best deal in town

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                HippieChick RE: foodwhisperer Aug 30, 2012 07:13 PM

                Their congee was really good too, and their wonton soup. Though now I prefer Cantonese wonton soup. But yeah, 17 Mott had some great old-school dishes: steak kew, fung wong gai, wor shu opp.

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