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Disappointment at Eastern Noodles

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Disappointment at Eastern Noodles

David Feldman | Jul 24, 2005 12:02 AM

Boy, did I want to love the hand-pulled noodles at the recently relocated establishment at 28 Forsyth St. But three of us tried the hand-pulled noodles with roast duck, beef, and oxtail. We were prepared for the broths to be nothing special (and alas, they were blah, even after being enlivened with fresh cilantro, terrific homemade and bottled chili oil), but we couldn't discern anything special about the noodles themselves.

Bill Chutima picks up Chinese hand-pulled noodles in Pasadena, California for his Khao Soi (the rich chicken noodle soup on thenorthern menu) and the noodles are the key to the specialness of the dish. Here, I couldn't detect any difference between these noodles and non-hand-pulled.

Everything on the menu is dirt-cheap. Three of us had two appetizers (nothing special here, either, I'm afraid), three entree-soups, and four soft drinks for $19. No one at the restaurant could speak English (except for a friendly customer who helped translate when we were trying to figure out how much we owed -- there was no check) but we managed -- everyone who worked there was sweet and trying their best to please.

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