1 Doyers Street
New York, NY 10013
212 791 1817
Deep in New York City’s Chinatown is this little restaurant called Tasty Hand Pulled Noodle Inc. (The word ‘restaurant’ used very loosely here.) It was featured on the Food Network show ‘Best Thing I Ever Ate’, where one of their network stars, Guy Fieri, named the noodles in Tasty Hand Pulled Noodle Inc as the best thing he ever ate in a bowl.
We ordered some boiled dumplings to start with. These were definitely quantity over quality. There were so many dumplings on the plate that it could have easily been a very full meal for one person. Taste-wise, they were uninspiring – quite bland on the outside, and seasoned with a strange spice on the inside that was definitely an acquired taste.
The noodles soon arrived. We had the Beef Hand Pulled Noodle and the House Special Hand Pulled Noodle, which was a medley of cow parts, with a fried egg on top. The noodles were very clearly hand pulled. They were slightly varied in thickness, and had a nice bite to them. However, they weren’t as outstanding as we hoped they would be. We can’t help but contrast the quality of the noodles at Tasty Hand Pulled Noodle Inc with the udon noodles at Koya in London. While Koya’s udon noodles are head and shoulders above other udon places and are extremely memorable, the hand pulled noodles at Tasty Hand Pulled Noodle Inc are quite forgettable and lack that special x factor.
Also, they were let down by the quite ordinary broth and meat. There was perhaps a bit too much oil and MSG in the broth, and it was also very forgettable. The meat was also just so-so.
Overall, we have to say: sorry Guy Fieri, this isn’t the best noodle dish around. Most eateries in Hong Kong and in London’s Chinatown do a far better job.