Slurping Soup From a West Village Barstool at Noodle Bar in NYC
Don’t let Noodle Bar's trendy location, exposed brick walls, and hole-in-the-wall size fool you: this bar is more about food than drink. With only a few intimate tables for two in front, prime seating is at the long wooden counter that dominates the narrow space. Behind it, in lieu of chatty bartenders and frothing taps, you’ll find skilled cooks in white jackets busying themselves with an array of ingredients, stir-frying and serving up your order on the spot. Pan-Asian specialties range from pad thai to teriyaki salmon soba, but nothing beats a steaming bowl of hot seafood broth topped with fresh Chinese broccoli on a bed of flat rice noodles. Savor the atmosphere, slurp the soup.