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Address: 26 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 (Cross street: Bleecker St)
Neighborhood: West Village     Book: New York
Specifics: Chinese
Phone: 212-524-6800
Cost: $$$
Credit Cards: No
Closing Time: 10:15 pm
Restaurants Yumcha closed, but the owners opened this place around the corner.

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Posted by:  David Freedenberg

There’s no way every dish on the uber-eclectic menu at Noodle Bar is authentic. Not unless the kitchen is crammed with at least one Thai, one Vietnamese, one Malaysian, one Cantonese, one Indian, one Indonesian, one Singaporian (?), and one Japanese chef. But the kitchen is within plain sight at this tiny shop, and there are only two or three guys in there. So it’s a safe bet that the wok-man flipping noodles isn’t necessarily cooking up a recipe passed down from his great grandmother. They even do a “Hunan Pork Bolognese,” fusing classic Chinese and Italian noodle dishes. The lack of focus does hurt them on certain options like their pan-fried pork and chive dumplings with black vinegar and soy which are tasteless at best. But I’ve got a feeling there is at least one Thai chef back there, because the coconut shrimp and spicy rice noodle soup with egg, sprouts, and scallion is absolutely delicious. Also, their Thai iced tea is serves without the condensed milk mixed in just the way it is in Bangkok. It’s hit or miss at Noodle Bar, so maybe it’s best to sit at the bar and ask the chef what he suggests.

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