Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles Review: Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles
Warm weather has left New York, and that means it’s soup season. It’s also hand-pulled noodle season. While some people can appreciate a warm bowl of soup and sweating it out during the hotter months, I find greater comfort in soupy meals when it’s colder outside. Last week I headed down to Tasty Hand-pulled Noodles for a nice bowl of noodles.
This place has been covered before at Eating in Translation and at Robyn’s blog. Both of them went soon after the noodle shop opened, and neither really talked about the fact that Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles has great dumplings. Really, is it any surprise that a hand pulled noodle place can make great dumplings? It seems like they ALL do ’em, and they all do them really well. Seriously, they all do dumplings at least 47x better than that dumpling truck that got nominated for the Vendy’s.
I got a plate of dumplings and a bowl of the house special hand-pulled noodle soup. It had some beef parts like tripe and sliced beef and some stuff I couldn’t really identify. They topped it with a fried egg, which was a nice extra but I could have gone without it. The noodles here were indeed tasty, as the name suggested. It’s been a while since my last bowl of hand-pulled noodles, and I don’t really want to compare. Safe to say that this bowl was good enough to be polished off quickly and completely. Maybe I’m not much of a noodle snob when it comes to hand-pulled noodles… as long as it possesses enough of that mystical attribute called ‘Q’, then I’m cool.
So on Wednesday, there was a post on Serious Eats – NY about Dallas BBQ. There used to be a knock-off version just called BBQ near the NYU campus, and I would eat there at least once a month. It wasn’t the best food ever, but it was filling and did the trick. Oh yea, it was also dirt cheap. It was something ridiculous like half a chicken, a side, cornbread, and a funky looking chicken soup. $4.99 or something. This tells you how cheap it was, and how long ago this musta been because that BBQ is now a bank.
Apparently some people think restaurants like that don’t really belong in NY. I don’t know… when I used to live in the breadbasket of America (read: Midwest) and hick country (read: the South), you know what were the culinary highlights of my youth? Things like Applebees and Chili’s and Macaroni Grill (my favorite). Folks here in NY loathe these type of restaurants. Part of me thinks New Yorkers loathe tourists and thus dislike the restaurants that serve these tourists.
Maybe you don’t like those restaurants… I really haven’t eaten at those places since I started living in New York because there are just too many other options. But I don’t see any reason why it’s wrong to love those restaurants. If that’s what you like to eat, then fine. It’s kind of pathetic to hear people reject these restaurants with vitriol.
I used to really really believe in judging people based on whether they eat a certain type of food. Whether this be a disgust of a whole cuisine type or disgust of a specific food item like onions or something. The thing is, people like what they like. What’s the point of making people feel bad about it? Everyone could do without that. It’s different if you just want to introduce other delicious types of food. If you do it in a positive way, then people might respond a little better.
Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles1 Doyers Street.New York, NY 10013212-791-1817
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