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By Kim Taylor

The Niu Noodle House in the west village features an extraordinary chef who excels at the art of Asian fusion cuisine. Here you’ll enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, memorable décor, and flavorful dishes. Steamed dumplings, spring rolls, generous noodle soups, satays, tangy melts-in-your-mouth sea bass, and shaved ice desserts are a few Niu Noodle House delicacies, along with vegetarian, duck, pork, chicken and rib dishes. There’s something to please every palate, and fresh, homemade noodle types include thin, egg, wide, wheat, buckwheat, Udon and rice.

Beer, wine and inventive cocktails are also on the menu, and the décor is a Disney-esque version of the west village, complete with a rendering of the Washington Square Arch and a subway station entrance to descend. You can easily while a few hours away with favorite people here, sampling what we’re certain will be the best noodles and dumplings this side of China.

This is also a welcoming place, with a television and bar for a comfortable vibe, yet the food is taken very seriously in terms of an eclectic and varied menu, fresh preparation, thoughtful garnishes, and artful presentation. The Niu Noodle House is not very large, but you won’t be rushed in and out, and you’ll savor every minute. Oolong, Jasmine, Black and Green teas, frozen drinks and bubble tea all round out the libations. Take note: this place is especially cozy in the winter.

Niu Noodle House
15 Greenwich Ave
(between 10th St & Christopher St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 488-9888

Originally published December 2012
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