Ho Foods

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89 Impressive

Taiwan-beef-noodle specialist with long lines and delicious soup.

110 E. 7th St., New York, NY, 10009

347-788-0682

http://hofoodsnyc.com/

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The lowdown

San Gabriel Valley native comes to New York to work in the restaurant biz, gets job as a front-of-house man at Blue Ribbon Sushi. All along, he’s dreaming about his Taiwanese mom’s beef noodle soup. So he decides to do a few pop-ups featuring that dish, keeping it simple and traditional, just like Mom’s. Next thing you know, he’s gone brick-and-mortar in the old Porchetta space. Now Richard Ho has a boffo hit on his hands, with a crowd waiting to get in for a taste of his soup — deeply flavored beef-bone broth with an undercurrent of spice and heat, plus tender slabs of red-cooked beef, springy wheat noodles, and pickled mustard greens. Even if Ho Foods had more than ten seats, you get the feeling there’d still be a sizable mob outside the restaurant every night. This soup is that good.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

Insider Tips The service is snappy, but this no-reservations place is about as big as a rowboat, making waits unpredictable. Also, they have a stellar, street-food-inspired weekend brunch.

Recommended DishesTaiwanese beef noodle soup

DrinksBeer, Sake/Soju

Noise LevelCivilized