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The best noodles in the city RIGHT NOW

It was tough to get to the bottom of where to get the best noodles in the city, but we tried. These dishes are the ones wowing us right now, but there are certainly many, many more.

What are your favorite noodle dishes in this city of limitless options? Tell us in the comments.

Knife-cut noodles at Tasty Hand-pulled Noodles

Tasty hand-pulled noodles is a little hole in
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Tasty hand-pulled noodles is a little hole in the wall spot at the tail end of Doyers Street in Chinatown, and like many of the best spots in Chinatown, it’s unassuming. But the noodles here are hands-down my favorite in the city. I could eat them plain, they’re so good. You have options here. Noodles pan fried or in soup? With meat, fish or just veggies? Knife-cut? Hand-pulled, fat hand-pulled or wide hand-pulled? They’re all good. My order? Veggies knife-cut pan fried. And I add lots of Sriracha because that’s how I roll.

Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles NY, 1 Doyers St., 212-791-1817, tastyhandpullednoodlesnyc.com

Dan Dan Noodles at Han Dynasty

Han Dynasty has been wowing and wooing diners
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Han Dynasty has been wowing and wooing diners in Philly for years, but just a few months ago finally opened up shop in NYC. Three hour waits for Sichuan cuisine isn’t something that happens everyday in NYC, but sometimes you have to just feel the pain in order to feel the burn. The food at Han is spicy! The Dan Dan noodles, though not that spicy, shouldn’t be missed. Served with lots of chili oil and minced pork, the flavor is salty and fatty and the noodles springy and absorbent. When pork meets noodle, it’s a beautiful thing.

Han Dynasty, 90 Third Ave., 212-290-8685, handynasty.net

Momofuku ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar

David Chang opened the Momofuku Noodle Bar and
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David Chang opened the Momofuku Noodle Bar and changed the way New Yorkers thought about Asian cuisine. His ramen is sometimes credited with starting a ramen revolution: it’s made with pork belly, pork shoulder and a poached egg. The ramen is bursting with umami flavor, naturally occurring or not (Chang is a well-known lover of MSG), the bowl is the perfect answer to a cold or rainy day. Slurp slurp.

Momofuku Noodle Bar, 171 First Ave., momofuku.com

Ikura Oroshi soba noodles at Sobaya

We turned to NYC-based food and travel writer
Photo Credit: Elyse Pasquale

We turned to NYC-based food and travel writer and amNewYork contributor Elyse Pasquale (AKA Foodie International) to find out her favorite noodles in the city. She quickly answered without any trepidation, “Sobaya. I’ve gone there two times in two days and seriously it’s that good.”

The soba noodles, made with buckwheat imported from Japan, are hand-pulled and springy and if you order them cold the restaurant brings the warm water the noodles were cooked in to your table after you’re finished, so that any leftover flavors and nutrients left in the bowl don’t get neglected. Pasquale’s favorite is the Ikura Oroshi, with salmon roe and grated radish.

Sobaya, 229 E. 9th St., 212-533-6966, sobaya-nyc.com

Salmon and cheese mazeman ramen at Yuji Ramen

Update: Yuji has closed his popup at both
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Update: Yuji has closed his popup at both Whole Foods locations and now has a restaurant at 150 Ainslie St., Williamsburg.

Yuji Ramen has helped to popularize the latest trendy ramen style, mazeman, or without broth. But he’s gone way beyond that by introducing combinations like bacon and egg and salmon and cheese to New Yorkers always looking for the next best thing. The salmon and cheese (Camembert) is particularly inspired. The salmon is lightly cured, and fishy enough to stand up against the creamy, somewhat stinky cheese. The addition of lemon keeps the dish bright and the noodles, which are fresh and hand-rolled by Chef Yuji Haraguchi, are a cut way, way above typical ramen noodles. They're springy, chewy and toothsome.

Whole Foods Gowanus, 214 Third St. and Whole Foods Bowery, 95 E. Houston St., yujiramen.com

Honorable mentions

Here are some other great noodle dishes that
Photo Credit: amNY Illustration/ Greg Emerson

Here are some other great noodle dishes that didn't break the top 5:

Cold sesame noodles at 456 Shanghai Cuisine, 66 Mott St., 212-964-0003

Pho Chay (vegetable pho) at Nha Trang Centre, 148 Centre St., 212-941-9292 [Ed. note: Also order the garlic fried calamari.]

Spicy cumin lamb hand-ripped noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods, various locations, xianfoods.com.

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