Craving steamed buns, but due to circumstances unable to make the trip to Canal St., the wife and I tried out Noodles on Seven today. The decor struck my wife as very Taiwanese, with the blond wood chairs, tables, and panelling. The two women who served us were very friendly, it being a slow sunday afternoon, and also perhaps having recognized us as people who knew what we were ordering. There was a bit of ambiguity about table service-- the waitress/counterperson seemed to want to bring us everything, though I found myself going up to the counter to get her attention. She did comp me the red-bean bun-- completely unprompted! I wonder if they are struggling.
The wife and first split a steamed pork bun, which while on the sweet side, was still this side of edible (wife's exclamation: "sweet and sour?"). She also ordered plain congee (steaming, mild, ginger and scallion, a nice large bowlful for $1.25) and steamed veg dumplings (thick skins but cooked through, filling was heavy on bean threads).
I had a steamed vegetable bun (same bean-thready filling as the vegetable dumplings) and steamed juicy buns (came from the kitchen in a metal steamer, all four sadly already broken, but still quite tasty, with the correct ginger-heavy sauce). I also took a steamed red-bean bun to go, which was soft, delicious, and did not skimp on the red bean!
We did not try the noodle soups or the over-rice dishes this time, but the composition of the menu foretold fairly accurately the level of authenticity in the food, so we will next time.
We will definitely be back again, as we often crave chinese street-food staples, and are also often lazy about leaving the neighborhood. I left satistfied and comfortably full-- can't beat $12 for how much food we got!
Noodle On Seven
347 7th Ave (corner of 10th St)
Park Slope, Brooklyn