(Attempt to) review (almost) every single noodle bar in New York City....and by every, I mean only the places I feel like reviewing.
But as far as I know, no one has ever written a comprehensive review of noodle bars in NYC. Some places on my list have gotten a lot of hype (Momofuku, Matsugen, Ippudo, etc.), but a lot of others have never been reviewed at all, so this little project will be something fresh.
2) Noodle bars are a restaurant category just small enough that I can cover most of them, and just large enough that a review will hopefully be interesting and worthwhile. Plus, it's a noteworthy genre - it's made otherwise nameless chefs into celebrities (David Chang), and celebrity chefs jump on the bandwagon (Jean-Georges Vongerichten).
3) Soba, ramen, dangmyeon, udon, etc - I love it all!
My friend Gemma, who has an exceptionally discerning palate, and is never timid to say what she really thinks, is going to join me. Thanks girl!
We are aiming to visit, and I aim to write about, at least one spot a week...until we're totally sick of noodles, get (noticeably) fatter, or finish with our list (see below). If I didn't have a life, I would try to go the same night each week, for consistency.
NYC only, with the exception of that place in NJ that is apparently the best noodle shop outside Japan.
Gemma and I will rate each noodle bar independently out of a total of 100 points, allocated as follows:
35 points Noodles - texture, taste
25 points Broth - flavor, temperature
15 points Toppings
15 points Overall taste
5 points Service
There are 31 thus far, which means we'll be done in 8 months...which means this list needs revision. Am I'm missing any places worth reviewing? Or including places you hate? Let me know!
Kelley & Ping
Mee Noodle Shop
Momofuku Noodle Bar
New Chao Chow
Noodles on 28
Ollie's Noodle Shop & Grill
Santouka Ramen (This is in NJ. Yes, we are very dedicated to this project)