Location: 120 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009
FAT Scale (Flavor, Appeal, Taste): 8/10
- Flavor: 8/10
- Appeal: 7.5/10
- Taste: 8.5/10
HAPPY Scale (Hospitality, Atmosphere, Population, Price, Yearning for more): 8.5/10
- Hospitality: 9/10
- Atmosphere: 8/10
- Population: hipsters, college students, people looking for unique takeout, asians seeking comfort food
- Price: $
- Yearning for more: 8.5/10
Think of that night where all you wanted to do was stay in bed, order some takeout, and watch Netflix. Generally, options like pizza, burritos, sushi, and chinese food run through your mind. Let’s say you chose Chinese and you were thinking of ordering some Chicken & Broccoli or General Tsos Chicken again. Well take that thought and throw it out. Step up your game and go get The Tang instead. And don’t be disappointed when you don’t see that $8.75 combo with an egg roll on the menu. This fast-casual Chinese establishment is anything but typical Chinese-American; and dare I say it: is even better. Executive chef and owner Eric opened this spot out of his desire to bring what he considers comfort food to NYC. And boy, was it good. He unapologetically executes various noodle dishes as well as appetizers, all full of unique yet satisfying flavor, some with more spice than others. I went and did what felt like endless slurping of delicious noodles in various sauces. So I challenge you, New Yorkers, be better than your normal order; be bold, take risks, and try this place out. I would even challenge you further to actually get out of your bed and go in to try this, but that might be too much to ask of you. So if you’re not in the East Village area to order this from the comfort of your room, stop by when you’re in the area.
What I ate:
Sesame Tofu – actually one of my favorite appetizers, don’t overlook this just because it’s Tofu; It’s absolutely delicious and satisfying, and if you like sesame flavor, this will be a winner.
Beef Short Ribs – sous vide for 20 hours, this beef short rib is super tender and flavorful with the soy, sichuan pepper, and star anise. Get it.
Sizzling Noodles – you have to see this one be made. There is this soy sauce at the bottom, cooked noodles atop, and then it is all drenched in this burning hot oil that gets poured over and immediately makes that satisfying sizzle sound. Finally, it’s topped with chili powder and pickled cabbage to cut the spice. This was my favorite noodle; WARNING: this is spicy (like real spicy) so be prepared for some heat in your mouth
Pork Belly String Bean Steamed Noodles – made with soy, garlic, and sesame oil, mixed with string beans, and topped with tender pork belly, this dish is super savory, flavorful, and downright comforting
Hu Noodles – made with a chickpea puree, chili oil, and ground pork, this dish is also savory with nutty flavors; it wasn’t my favorite of the night, but it was my boyfriend’s. Just goes to show you we all have different taste buds and preferences
Chicken Noodle Soup – Classic, comforting, and so big, it was good for 2 people; Order for a rainy day
That’s all for now!