March celebrates National Noodle Month, so put aside any low-carb New Year’s resolutions to indulge your inner foodie with some of best noodle dishes the city has to offer.
Cocoron’s menu assigns each dish a health benefit, and the stamina soba ($10) is supposed to increase just that. Served cold, the soba noodles are meant to be dipped in the accompanying bowl of hot and salty pork-infused broth, making for a more interactive dining experience.
61 Delancey St.
Take some time this month to try a steaming bowl of mame miso kara age ($13.80). Made to order in a rich, sweet bean miso broth, this traditional Japanese ramen dish is served with fried breaded shrimp and fried ginger chicken. As an added bonus, all ramen orders come with a free half-boiled egg.
129 Second Ave.
Xi’an Famous Foods
Ignite your taste buds with the spicy and tingly beef hand-ripped moodles ($6). Topped with the house hot sauce and Chinese pepper powder, this dish is not for the faint at heart.
Pok Pok Phat Thai
Transport your taste buds to Thailand with kuaytiaw khun kai ($10). The rice noodles are stir-fried in pork fat with chicken and then served on chopped lettuce with cuttlefish, egg and green onions. It is a Bangkok specialty right here in Chinatown.
137 Rivington St.
Seafood-lovers can celebrate National Noodle Month with spaghetti Calabrese ($14.95). Doused in squid ink, the black spaghetti is served with fresh shrimp, chorizo, Calabrian chili, and a touch of tomato sauce.
522 6th Ave., Brooklyn
Giovanni’s Brooklyn Eats
Similar to fettuccine, the ribbon-like pasta of Giovanni’s tagliatelle ai carciofi ($10.95) has a porous and rough texture that absorbs the thick tomato cream sauce. Moreover, the rich sauce is complimented by the artichoke hearts and authentic Italian mascarpone cheese.
1657 Eigth Ave., Brooklyn
Tagliatelle alla Bolognese ($9.50) is more than a standard spaghetti and meat sauce dish. The generous portions of ground meat are enriched with tomato and mushrooms making for a much heartier and satisfying meal.
5 Bleecker St.
Noodles are not just for lunch or dinner anymore. Pisticci offers a classic spaghetti ($8.95) and meatballs ($4) dish as part of its brunch menu. On Sundays, enjoy live jazz music while dining on comfort food.
125 La Salle St.
The parisienne ($7.50) gives macaroni and cheese a mature makeover. With creamy Brie cheese, roasted figs, roasted shiitake mushrooms and fresh rosemary, this is a step up from the usual Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese.
345 E. 12th St.
This classic macaroni and cheese ($5.99) is the epitome of comfort food. From the elbow macaroni noodles to the American and cheddar cheese blend, it is a little taste of home away from home.
54 Prince St.
Deborah Lubanga is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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