Whether it is hot or cold outside I am into noodles. Any kind of noodle, lo mein, mei fun, rice noodles, egg noodles, bean thread, linguine, angel hair, you get it right? Noodle soup is even better and even better than that is when it’s in my budget. And the place that checked all of those boxes off of my list, on a recent outing, was Very Fresh Noodles in Chelsea Market.
Very Fresh Noodles is a restaurant in Chelsea Market, that opened about two years ago and I haven’t gone enough in my opinion. It is a favorite in the tourist-heavy Chelsea market, there is always a line no matter what day you go.
What Is There To Order At Very Fresh Noodles?
The menu isn’t crazy extensive and it doesn’t need to be. Meals start around $11 on the low end to $13 on the “high” end without drinks so if you figure a side of seasoned cucumbers and a drink will bring you to $20. FYI, I was full without any sides.
So just right for a budget meal that will fill you up and tingle your tongue. The food is well seasoned with cumin, chili oil, Sichuan peppercorns, and black vinegar. It’s that spicy tingle that makes you crave it in the middle of the night while looking inside your refrigerator for something to eat. I hate you!
This is not food to be eaten the next day because the noodles lose their firmness the longer that they stay in the broth, so if you planning on leftovers then get your noodles dry instead of with the delicious broth. And vegetarians/vegans you aren’t left out, besides the lamb and beef options there is the vegan noodles with or without mock duck which is just as good the with meat option.
What Did I Order?
I chose a bowl of tingly cumin lamb soup with “BiangBiang” noodles. The noodles are called “BiangBiang” because of the sound the dough makes while it’s being pounded against the hard surface to lengthen them into shape. Watching noodles being made is kind hypnotizing and I did for about five minutes, with the lunch chaos around me.
It is worth the wait in line and it is worth the stains to my t-shirt that I wore that day. Very Fresh Noodles is located on 425 West 15th Street in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, open from 11 am-9 pm daily.
Do you have a favorite noodle spot? Or a favorite noodle? We can talk noodles, ! let me know in the comments below.
Until our next rendezvous…