About 10 months back I wrote about some of my favorite food spots in Lower Manhattan.
One of those was Lam Zhou Homemade Noodle.
The link above is to the restaurant’s Yelp page, they don’t have a website. They don’t have metal utensils. Or air conditioning. Or a credit card machine. Or an A rating from the health department, for that matter.
What they do have is the absolute best hand pulled noodles and delicious soup, in expensively. They don’t speak much if any English, you order by number off of the big sign on the wall with pricing and you pay at the end by cash (it seems like they could care less if you tip or not, and the man taking my money recently looked at me funny when I overpaid by about $2.50 — I think he wondered if I wanted more dumplings?).
They don’t ask if you want water, they don’t ask if you want tea, you have to tell them what you want and they will bring it to you. This place isn’t about anticipatory service, it is about soup. And noodles. And dumplings.
A dozen dumplings are $3 (25 cents a dumpling!), the brisket soup is $5.50 but they only charged me $5.
If you’re in New York, go.
And of course while you’re in Manhattan grab macarons at my favorite place (yes, it’s better than Laduree):
What you save at Lam Zhou Homemade Noodle you will spend at Francois Payard Bakery (at $2.25 per cookie but amazing).