Saturday, May 14, 2011

Supertaste and Soba Totto: Sampling of Noodles in NYC

On Tuesday, Z. and I hit up Supertaste on Eldridge Street for some handmade noodles. I love Supertaste for a cheap and tasty bite to eat. I always order the same thing, a bowl of the pork bone handpulled noodles (la mian), a bowl of knife cut (dao xiao) spicy beef noodles and a plate of dumplings. With two sodas, the bill is usually about $15 (it's gone up a little over the years), still a great deal for NYC. They make all the noodles in house and they are nice and "kiu," chewy and toothsome, accompanied by a clear and flavorful broth. The la mian was just a little overcooked and mushy this visit, but usually they are perfect.
Knife Cut (Dao Xiao) Noodles in Spicy Beef Broth
Pork Bone La Mian
Shui Jiao (Dumplings)
After an afternoon of walking around and shopping, two things that Z and I do best, as evidenced by our trip to Spain, we met up again for dinner at Soba Totto. Yakitori Totto is one of my favorite yakitori places in NYC, similar in style to Torihei here in LA, more fancy and refined than the yakitori places on St. Mark's Place in the East Village (which I also enjoy), and Soba Totto is the sister restaurant in Midtown East, specializing in soba, but also offering yakitori. I thought the duck soba was excellent, also quite hearty and toothsome in a delicious clear broth and the chicken don with the lightly poached egg was also quite tasty. We had an assortment of yakitori to finish the meal off. Service was nice, but painfully slow. Afterward, we met up with a friend from LA at the bar for a few bottles of sake.
Duck soba with lettuce
Oyako Don
Shrimp Shumai
Shishito Peppers
Chicken neck meat
Chicken meatballs with raw quail egg
26 Eldridge Street
New York, NY
211 East 43rd Street
New York, NY

1 comment:

  1. Supertaste sounds and looks great. I love to make shishito ;)



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