Downtown Lunch: A New Hand Pulled Noodle Shop Pops Up on Doyers

Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (ensuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food.) This week, he brings his dad along- who ends up ordering a soup with tripe, beef tendon, and oxtails… which leads to the obvious question: Daniel, were you adopted?

hand pulled 5s

Up until about a year ago I had never been to a hand pulled noodle joint. But since then I’ve discovered these are great lunch/dinner spots where you walk away like a smiling Buddha for under $10. The newest addition of HPNs to hit C-town is called “Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles” and has landed on what could possibly be my favorite block in NYC- Doyers street. This tiny elbow of a block contains a bunch of great restaurants, including Doyers Vietnamese and Excellent Pork Chop House. There’s also a barber shop, a post office, and a fancy pants bar named Apothoteke. Oh… and of course, the hand pulled noodles.

hand pulled 4s

For $6 you get an enormous plate of these delicious thick noodles with hunks of shredded pork and chopped up shrimp. The noodles are knife cut, and pan fried- so naturally they take longer than the soups, but it was worth the wait. There might be a bit too much oil on the plate but you can dab a bit out with some napkins, which is what I did… or just go for it and enjoy the greasy goodness (which is what Zach probably would have done.)

hand pulled 1s

I brought my dad along, who is also a lover of cheap Asian lunch spots and he gave a thumbs up to his $6 bowl of soup, which was brimming with ox tail, beef tendon, beef, and tripe. Oh and it’s topped off with a fried egg. In my ongoing effort to experience all that chinatown has to offer I did taste the tripe, which I found to be chewy and not all that great. But the broth was excellent.


I wish they had some kind of appetizers, like dumplings, but it’s pretty much just entrees. The dining area is small and hasn’t changed much from the old mediocre Malaysian restaurant that used to be there. Hopefully this spot will do better though, because they’re turning out some nice lunches.

Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles Inc, 1 Doyers St. (btw. Pell+Bowery), 212-791-1817



  • Another great writeup Daniel… can you get those incredible-looking noodles with beef by any chance?

    Always liked the yum cha version of tripe better with the viscous brown sauce. In soup it’s always a bit gamy

  • Hand pulled noodles…. on Passover, Daniel???

  • this is the second time i’m typing this in a comment on the blogosphere about this place. Everyone’s going here!

  • Wayne – yeah I think they’ll do that for you, you mean the pan fried type I had right?

    Matt – I actually ate there last week..I actually attended two seders this week! :)

  • “Adopted” –hee hee!

    Great write up, hope your dad enjoyed it.

  • how is this new… it’s been around for a ridiculously long time… they’re also not.that.good…

    don’t go here if you’re less than a mile from sheng wang, super taste, or lan zhou

  • if by a ridiculously long time you mean a month Nicky boy, then I guess they’re not that new. I go by human time though, not dog years… so a month is relatively new.

  • wait… really it’s just a month? man I could’ve sworn… oh wait, I went 4 weeks ago ha, my bad… still, it doesn’t match up well to the heavyweights

    ++ points on the cilantro though

  • The best part about this restaurant is the hot chili sauce/oil on each table – they must add toasted sesame seeds in it or something…it is RIDICULOUSLY good! :)

  • There is no downtown lunch blog. A full-time downtown lunch correspondent is the best idea ever!

  • Yum Cha tripe is the reticulum (honeycomb), whereas the tripe here is thinly cut omasum (leaf). I prefer my leaf triple more thickly cut, at yum cha, in beef brisket soup or something similar.

  • Ate here on Saturday. Soup was amazing and the noodles were fantastic. However, I didn’t get a fried egg on mine! Was that only on certain dishes or did I have to ask for it?

  • that combo bowl is really really good (and bigger than it looks in the picture). this place is #1 right now on the chinatown hand-pull-noodle totem. great table condiments too. basically, it’s a chinese pho xe lua.

  • They DO have dumplings! I just had lunch there. So good! I have the menu right in front of me. Homemade dumplings (pan fried dumplings extra 50 cents)
    #28. Steamed Port and Vegetable Dumplings
    #29. Steamed Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings
    #30. Fish Ball Soup
    #31. Pork Rice Ball

    I took the very nice waitress’ recommendation and had the beef hand pulled noodles. can’t wait to go back. total price for 6 dumplings and beef noodles $7.10!

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