Ever wonder where some of the best chefs in the world like to eat during their time off? It must be really good if it meets the standards of the most discriminating palates. Some of the answers may surprise you, though. For instance, in NYC, chefs like Andrew Carmellini and David Chang highly recommend Great NY Noodletown, a modest, no-frills restaurant in Chinatown. The service is brusque and the surroundings are dinghy, but it’s hard to argue with super cheap, filling food and a no corkage fee.
This menu has every imaginable Chinese dish on it. Fried rice, lo mein noodles, bok choy, general tso’s, it’s there. Great NY Noodletown may be a jack of all trades, but that doesn’t mean it’s a master of none. Their pan fried noodles and meats over rice are fantastic. Even at its worst, the cooking at the restaurant is still pretty decent. Plus it’s open until 4 am and you can pair pork over rice with magnums of your best wine. You’ll have to bring your own corkscrew, and you’ll have to jam yourself into a communal table with strangers, but you can’t complain when your total bill comes out to less than $40 for 4 people.
Great NY Noodletown
28 Bowery (between Bayard and Pell St)
New York, NY 10013