Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Noodles on 28
3rd Ave., Kip's Bay, NYC
Review by MaceVindaloo, SuSu

Sometimes you really don't want to cook or even reheat stuff you'd bought, and we feel sorry for suburbanites and ruralites who have no choice in this matter. But we live in a town that has a lot of take-out and eat-in choices. But, we hear you say, what of costs? Doesn't it cost more to eat out? Enter the "Chinatown-style Chinese restaurant."

This place puts "Chinatown taste" on it's window; they should also put "Chinatown price" because you can fill up with a big bowl of soup filled with noodles of your choice (egg noddles, narrow mee fun, broad chow fun, or thick and chewy Japanese udon), vegetables (usually includes fresh spinach, bean sprouts, as well as anything else they find good like carrots or peas or bok choy), meat (choose on the menu: seafood, pork, beef, chicken, or go vegetarian). It'll run you from $6 to $8, and add another $1 if you'd like four assorted dumplings to be added to your soup. We did.

We should know better and not order more than that, but we thought we'd be hungrier and ordered the place of assorted steamed dumplings — you get 10 for $9. They were filled with shrimp, or pork, or mushrooms, or ... lots of stuff. It was all very good, and they in themselves would have filled us up. But we ate the soup — slurped happily and completely of the not-too-intensely seasoned broth and the crunchy or chewy vegetables and meat and noodles. We were bloated and satisfied, but felt comforted knowing it was exactly what we wanted with no prep or dishes to contemplate. Our final bill came to about $25. We felt guilty that we were somehow ripping them off. The price even included tea and the fried noodle things we all love so much — one of us refers to them as "Chinese potato chips" — and the plum sauce. We had to ask for the hot, sharp mustard, but they brought it out cheerfully. They must get tired of the "round-eyes" rejecting it regularly. (The mustard goes great with soy sauce as a dip for the steamed dumplings, too.)

The restaurant, like many in this residential section of Manhattan, is located on the bottom floor of an apartment building. We imagine people who live here are either sick of the redolent aromas emanating from the restaurant, or come to eat here for nearly every meal. We know we would be here at least five times a week, if we lived nearby!

It's true service is abrupt, but they don't mean anthing nasty by it. It's just the Cantonese way — the sign clearly does say "Chinatown taste" and everything else to go with it, too. Okay, some things like the mug with the name/logo of the place emblazoned on it is a bit incongruous; it does jolt us every time we see it. But it's okay, even in context. They're simply very efficient and quick, and sometimes that's exactly what you want on a day you don't want to cook or clean or be responsible for your caloric and nutrition intake for the day. Other than eating and enjoying it, of course!

(A friend told us they once overhead several conversations here that ended up being a fanfic for wookieehut.com. Mind you, that's her raison d'être; we come for the food and quick-as-lightning service. But it's good to know it's a multi-tasking place!)

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