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Restaurants & Bars

Ollie's on 42nd between 9th & 10th

small h | Jan 13, 200712:35 AM     5

I was coming out of the theater complex across the street, feeling feverish & in need of a takeout seafood noodle soup. The sign said Ollie's, so I figured it was, you know, one of those Ollie's places. This is Ollie's Sichuan, though, and doesn't seem to be associated with the chain (please correct me if I'm wrong). Although the website (http://ollies42.com/) claims they have been reviewed by the New York Times & Zagat, I can't find mention of the place anywhere, not even on menupages or menutopia. I had the "mung bean noodle in spicy & hot pepper" and the seafood soup. Both were quite fine. The noodles reminded me of Wu Liang Ye's version, very fresh and springy and clean-tasting, with scallion, cilantro, hot oil and a scary amount of crushed garlic. The soup was corn-starchy (which I like) and bland (which I don't), with a respectable amount of shrimp and scallops and actual crab (yay! actual crab).

Has anyone else eaten here? I'm no expert on Sichuan food, so I can't speak to the authenticity. The rest of the menu looks pretty intriguing, and I would definitely go back, pre- or post-theater.

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