When I step into Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles and see the scattered plastic utensils, mounted fans, wet floors and simple, white and yellow painted walls, I revel in its shabbiness. I travel often, and the griminess of these unpretentious restaurants crammed in the nooks and crannies of Manhattan transports me back my travels. These are the kinds of places that had the heart and soul of the country I was exploring.
Then, there’s the startling thwap! thwap! thwap! sounds erupting from the kitchen with a ferocity usually reserved for a 14-year-old boy and his first Playboy.
Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles is not false advertising. The noodles, with your choice of hand-pulled or knife-cut with TLC and constantly churned out for maximum freshness, have a firmer texture with more bite than the boxed (or Styrofoam cupped) stuff, and a flavor that lets you know these are real NOODLES, not bland, thin strips of belly bombing carbs.
The rich, beefy broths aren’t rich with complex favors, and the meat is tender but not exactly prime cuts. But that’s not the point. It’s a filling and comforting meal. This is the soup a Chinese grandma would make for her grandkids on a brisk, cold day.
It’s a lot of food for around $6, and it comes out fast, hot and fresh. The plastic spoons and stale atmosphere doesn’t invite relaxed dining, but that’s fine. You’ll feel warm and satisfied. It’s why the joint attracts regulars all day as they sit and hear the sounds of their food being twisted and flung for some tasty, hand-pulled noodles.
Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles is located at 1 Doyers Street in Chinatown. Eat your noodles on the spot for a quick meal or get it to go. Cash only.