We were looking for a place to go to have dinner with Jodi's cousin Rebecca, when we stumbled upon Hao Noodle & Tea by Madam Zhu's Kitchen. I had that place on my list, so I was glad to find it. Unfortunately, it was full and the only seats possible were at one of their large tables, in the middle of the amazing dining room that was dominated by interesting chandeliers. Yes, this place was packed and, after trying the food, I understood why.
At Hao Noodle & Tea, they serve seasonal Chinese dishes, so don't be surprised to see the menu changing every season (I mean isn't it what seasonal means?), but also, do not expect basic dishes: what they propose is quite original or let's say that in some cases, they take classic dishes and elevate them. What I like is the fact that they offer a bunch of plates to share, allowing to sample several dishes. Here is what we tried:
Sticky rice bacon siu mai: probably my favorite dish, with its great taste and the nice texture the sticky rice gives. It also had a nice fattiness to it and my only regret is that there were only three of them. This was one of my favorite dishes of the meal.
Vegetable Spring rolls: good rolls, fairly classic.
Dan Dan Noodles: a bit spicy, but you cannot stop going back to it.
Homestyle pork ribs: fantastic, falling off the bone. Another of my favorites.
Clay pot dumplings: it is an egg crepe filled with minced pork and water chestnut, in a chicken stock, served with noodles. This was my least favorite dish: I thought it was a bit bland.
After all that, we were not really tempted by dessert...We left full and I was glad I was able to try Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu's Kitchen. I would definitely go back there, but this time, will reserve a table...
Enjoy (I did)!
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Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu's Kitchen - 401 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014, NY