NY Noodletown was always my overall favorite place in Chinatown (with regular visits to other places for certain specialty dishes), but after not having been there for almost a year, I ordered three of my favorite dishes and was kind-of disappointed with two of them:
1) The salt-baked squid, while retaining all of its great flavor, had squid that were WAY too chewy. Undercooked, perhaps??? I don't know, but it was disappointing.
2) While the strips of pork in the "pork and oyster hot pot casserole" were delicious, the oysters tasted WAY too fishy. Freshness problem???
3) My one favorite dish that was actually IMPROVED over my last trip there was the "shrimp with walnuts" (similar to other places' "Grand Marnier shrimp"). Although as sweet as ever (a plus for this dish in my mind, but I know not in everyone's), the sauce was actually a bit less "mayonnaise-y" than it used to be (also a plus in my mind). This was the only real "winner" among the three.
Has anyone else notice "consistency issues" there lately?