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The Rice Noodle

190 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012 40.729094 -74.00152
at Macdougal St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646- 649-3906 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Hours

Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, 11am-6pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at Houston St.; C, E at Spring St.

Prices

$6-$8.75

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery

Profile

This counter-service shop was opened by Kunming, Yunnan, native Yao Tang, who forsook a career in banking to become an ardent ambassador of his hometown cuisine. His modest operation is equipped with 16 stools, a pair of wall ledges, and a five-item menu, and judging by the crowds of budget-minded NYU students and a mailman on lunch break the other day, it seems to have found its market. Tang is a self-taught cook, and he prepares all the bone broths himself — “the most important part,” he confides. Which is not to say he doesn’t take his rice noodles, which he sources from Chinatown, just as seriously. Compared to those of other provinces, Tang claims with pride, Yunnanese noodles are “a little softer.” The same cannot be said of the meat toppings, though, which all register on the chewy end of the spectrum. The exception is the ground seasoned pork (which Tang calls a sauce), a component of the Rice Noodle’s two best dishes: the pork noodle soup and Mrs. Tang’s Noodles. And who is Mrs. Tang, you ask? None other than the proprietor’s ex-wife, who cooked the home-style dish for him before he opened the shop, and even before they were married. A menu outlier, it’s made from wheat noodles, not rice, stir-fried with Sriracha.

Ideal Meal

Pork soup or Mrs. Tang’s Noodles

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