Dumplings: Noodle Village

Date: 1/14/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 13 Mott Street

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What we ordered: 

  • Pork & Crab Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings)
  • Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $14.90

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 7.25 7.5
Presentation 7.5 7
Setting 7.5 7
Value 7 6.5
Overall 7 7

Ryan comments:

We took the stroller apart and kept Ryan in her car seat on the bench with us. She slept the entire time.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 9

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General Comments:

Noodle Village is a Cantonese restaurant on Mott Street in Chinatown. It’s a very large restaurant but it took us 3 tries to time it right to be able to eat here. We came before 6pm on a snowy day knowing that it couldn’t be too busy, but we still had to take apart Ryan’s stroller and keep her car seat separate with us.

The service was very fast and efficient. Each table is served tea, nice and hot. We also asked for water. We ordered a Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup, since this is Noodle Village, and an order of Soup Dumplings.

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The Shrimp Wonton Soup came out first. The wontons were filled with full pieces of shrimp. We ordered the small size which had four wontons and a good portion of noodles. The broth was nice and salty, and the soup had a good ratio of noodles to broth.

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Next out were the Pork & Crab Soup dumplings. There were six of these and they were smaller than at Joe’s Shanghai, but that’s normal since Joe’s were a little too big. Rather than being served on top of cabbage these were served on paper, which is more traditional. They had a thinner skin than Joe’s but somehow tasted more noodle-y.

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The crab taste was very present and also visible. The crimping at the top of the dumplings was a little too thick. They were served at a good eating temperature and weren’t too hot, but they needed to be eaten immediately or they’d be too cool. Melissa liked these much better than Joe’s.

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Noodle Village got a higher rating than Joe’s as we definitely preferred this take on Xiao Long Bao, though it still only scored a 7 overall so we’re hoping to get better dumplings once we make it out to Flushing!

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