Monday, 15 December 2014

Great N.Y. Noodletown in NYC New York 利口福

Great N.Y. Noodletown 利口福 in New York's Chinatown is a bustling Hong Kong style eatery that attracts a diverse clientele from locals and tourists, to the City's celebrity chefs like David Chang, Akhtar Nawab and Jonathan Benno, off duty.

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Great N.Y. Noodletown is especially loved for their Hong Kong roasts. This was one of the Chinatown restaurants which Johor Kaki reader Viviene said I must try.

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Inside Great N.Y. Noodletown, the humble simple restaurant was full house with a line waiting outside on a chilly December evening.

The small restaurant was very busy and the harried waiters were quite stretched, so service was slightly scruffy though still friendly.

I ordered a wanton noodle because I missed egg noodles. (Viviene told me that we can also get mee pok noodles 面薄 here.)

The wanton noodles, when it arrived wasn't plated as prettily as that at Noodle Village.

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The egg noodles were snipped short. It's like long flowing angel's hair snipped straight across, leaving short strands like a stubby brush. Buried underneath the noodle mound were a few leaves of lettuce. On top were 5 or 6 large wantons dribbled over by a brown oyster-type sauce.

The egg noodles were al dente and nicely crunchy, similar to that at Noodle Village. The noodle had just the right moistness and had a slight alkaline taste. The brown sauce which tasted quite flat was mildly salty and savoury. 


I was won over by Great N.Y. Noodletown's wanton noodle dish mainly by the crunchiness of the noodles. It's was among the best that I have tasted anywhere including Singapore, Jay Bee (Johor Bahru), Kay Elle (Kuala Lumpur), Hong Kong and Guangzhou.


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The large shrimp wanton. 

The lady whom I shared the table with said she liked the wantons here as the dumplings were made with shrimps only without pork mince.

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Indeed, the shrimps were fresh and the size of my small finger, though they were not ocean fresh and lacked crunch.

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The soup was mildly savoury and quite sweet.

I enjoyed Great N.Y. Noodletown's wanton noodles so much that I decided to order a second helping right away, this time with Great N.Y. Noodletown's famous roast duck.

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I was wowed by the golden brown roast duck on top of my favourite egg noodles.

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Beneath the duck were the same al dente egg noodles and crunchy fresh lettuce.

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Look at that thin crispy skin and layer of translucent fat. The meat was savoury and flavours were deeply infused in the tender duck flesh.

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The paper thin crispy skin had a nice bite and was among the best that I have tasted.

My only gripe with the duck was my plate had mostly the boney parts and none from the breast or thigh. Next time, I shall specify either breast or drumstick (which probably requires a small top up payment).

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Great N.Y. Noodletown opens till 4:00am, so you know where to go for good food in that hour :-D  If you are lucky, you might bump into NYC celebrity chefs chilling out here, off duty incognito.

Next time.

Wanton noodle soup with roast duck drumstick.

Restaurant name: Great N.Y. Noodletown 利口福

Address28 Bowery, NYC, New York
Maphttp://bit.ly/GreatNYnoodle
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 am

Dated visited: 13 Dec 2014

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