For the holidays I bought my dad a book titled 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die. At first it was kind of a gag until he actually wound up loving it, and now it lives in the kitchen at my parents’ house and has been referenced quite a few times. Of course, I thumbed through it before wrapping it up for him- a quick perusal of the New York section. Everything had 875,692 dollar signs next to it, a sure sign that I’d never come up with the money or get a reservation…except for Great New York Noodletown.
Months later I finally got my life organized enough to make time to try it, because c’mon, it’s called Noodletown. Upon further research, I found out that it’s an Anthony Bourdain favorite. Its around $7-8 per dish and their dishes are substantial, therefore costing less than potentially anything else Manhattan (Kidding, but still…). No reservations necessary. Roast Pork Wonton Soup fixes everything because it’s like a hug in a bowl. How could you possibly say no?!
The meat is perfect. It tastes like a spare rib without the greasy artificial sauce, salty and drenched in broth. The wontons are shrimp (which is NOT CLARIFIED on the menu, please be careful if you have an allergy!), and they come with the tails removed, completely cooked and wrapped tightly. There’s also a boatload of thin, ramen-like noodles in the bottom, and no fork for you to tackle them with, so you’re just supposed to have at it with your chopsticks. Shovel and slurp to your heart’s content as long as your table has agreed that it’s a judgement-free zone.
Nothing is greasy, nothing is dripping oil, and everything is authentic. It’s a no frills kind of place, but you’ll still feel right at home.
Great New York Noodletown
New York, NY 10013