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?
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.
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.)
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