My Favorite Noodle Shop Now Has an A Rating from the Health Department — But is Still Good

I’ve written before about Lam Zhou Homemade Noodle on the edge of Chinatown in New York (here, and here).

On a recent visit I was very nervous. The front window now displays an “A” rating from the health department. Ruh-roh. Was it going to be any good?

What’s more, the refrigerator with drinks was no longer sitting outside. It was now actually in the restaurant.

Not to worry, the interior of the restaurant looked as it ever has before.

There’s still the same guy pounding noodles on a table between the dining room and kitchen with his bare hands.

The menu is up on the wall. Very little English is spoken, but everyone knows what you mean when you ask for “Number 2, and a Number 11.”

The nooodles – both as soup, and on their own — are still amazing.

The dumplings are fantastic, and 12 for $3.

Sweet rice dumplings finished off the meal nicely, but aren’t imperative to try.

I do not think, though, that an “A” rating from the health department means what most people think it means.

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  1. You lived to write about it. That’s an “A” rating as far as we’re concerned in New York!

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