Slurp Your Way from Harlem to China


When most people think of Asian cuisine in Manhattan, Chinatown is the headliner. However, The Handpulled Noodle, a counter-seating-only shop located in the heart of Hamilton Heights, is changing the city's noodle game all the way from upper Manhattan. With a focused menu inspired by owner Andrew Ding's childhood memories of his mother's cooking, favorites include traditional sides like scallion pancakes to northwestern Chinese specialities like Spicy Cumin Lamb. The restaurant prides itself on not using pre-packaged machine-made noodles, but rather, hand-pulling their fresh noodles to order. WIth its authentic rustic decor, The Handpulled Noodle will transport you to the food stalls of Xinjiang. So pick up your favorite pair of chopsticks, jump on the next uptown train, and slurp your way to China:

Egg & Chive Dumplings
6 pieces per order

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Dumplings play a major role within Chinese cuisine and some might even argue that one can tell how good a Chinese restaurant is by how delicious their dumplings are. Although The Handpulled Noodle is not necessarily known for their dumplings, these pan-fried pockets are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. From the classic pork & chive to the more interesting pairing of lamb & carrot, the selections are bound to satisfy all taste buds. Our favorite was the egg & chive which tasted like an Asian omelet in dumpling form - definitely worth a try.

Homemade Scallion Pancake

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The ideal Chinese meal is not complete without some scallion pancakes to share as a starter. The Handpulled Noodle has mastered the art of creating the perfect pancake, a balance between crisp and dough. The outside has the perfect amount of crisp and the doughy interior is filled with flavor without leaving too greasy of an aftertaste.

Spicy Bone-In Chicken Stew with Ribbon Noodles

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With the current chilly winter weather, there's no better way to warm up than with a hearty bowl of meat and noodles. Listed under "Native Picks", The Handpulled Noodle's version of dapanji, which translates as "big plate chicken", is definitely a fine rendition of the Xinjiang classic. The hefty dish comes with the chicken still on the bone stewed with a variety of fragrant spices and never-ending ribbon noodles. The menu advises that the noodles are best eaten immediately so devour away!

Ribbon Noodles with Spicy Cumin Lamb

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For another taste of some authentic Xinjiang cuisine, opt for the DIng Ding Noodles with Spicy Cumin Lamb. Because the fresh noodles are hand-pulled to order, they have a chewy bite and each is covered with the perfect amount of sauce. Though lamb might seem like such a foreign meat, it adds a special flavor that is not too pungent or overwhelming. Pro tip: be adventurous and ask for some spicy level - trust us, you won't regret it!

The Handpulled Noodle
3600 Broadway
New York, NY 10031