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Nooch -- Avoid at all costs! (long)

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Nooch -- Avoid at all costs! (long)

amyknyc | Oct 21, 2004 12:32 PM

A friend and I found ourselves in the neighborhood of Nooch last night and craving soba soup so decided to give it a try. This place has so many strikes against it, I urge everyone to stay away!

First, we sat down and ordered drinks before we started looking at the menu. When we started sipping our cocktails and picked up the menus, only then did our waiter come over to tell us they were out of (and I kid you not) "Soba, udon and ramen" soups. What? How can you sell yourself as a noodle place and be out of all of these. I knew we should have left, but we had just started our drinks and we were hungy so we decided to give it a shot.

The only things left to order on the menu were on the "Thai" side (there's a Japanese menu and a Thai menu) and sushi, which we didn't want from here. I ordered a Thai beef noodle dish and my friend got a chicken curry. Well, my noodle dish came and tasted overwhelmingly like fish -- I mean startlingly so, considering there was no shrimp or anything in the dish. I told the waiter who explained "Well, we use the same noodles for all the dishes." Huh? I don't even understand how that is relevant. I ordered something else -- a different curry dish than my friend. Later the waiter comes over and confides that he tasted the beef noodle dish too and it tasted funny to him. OK, so now I know I'm not nuts.

So the bill comes, and we were charged for the beef noodle dish! I called over the waiter (who is very busy now because the place has inexplicably filled up -- and guess what? everyone is eating curry dishes) and told him we were accidentally charged. He started arguing, saying no, there was nothing wrong with the dish, I just didn't like it and it wasn't the kitchen's fault. I argued for a while longer and finally paid the $8 for the noodle dish, subtracting it out of his tip.

I can't believe this place still attracts a crowd. This is baffling to me. Oh, and one more strike: the place has one bathroom. Yep, ONE. The line snakes past all the tables.

Next time I'm in Chelsea and craving noodles I'm going to Ony.

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