Monday, March 27, 2017

Little Tong Noodle Shop opens Wednesday

Little Tong Noodle Shop hosted a friends-family preview this past weekend... a rep told us that the restaurant from chef Simone Tong opens to the public on Wednesday.

They will initially be open for dinner daily from 5-11 p.m.

Little Tong will offer traditional rice noodle dishes from China's Yunnan province.

CBS 2 included Little Tong in a recent roundup of new NYC restaurants. From that report:

[The Yunnan province] is known for mixian, a non-glutinous rice noodle dish that is the main element of the dish. Chef Tong cooks the rice noodles in a copper pots and serves them in broth. Other dishes include wontons, marinated ghost chicken and cucumber salad.

Previously on EVG:
Little Tong Noodle Shop taking the former Schnitz space on 1st Avenue


Anonymous said...

I just cannot get excited about this opening. The past weeks have seen a flood of closings and openings reported on EV Grieve. It would seem that the major point of interest in the neighborhood is the comings and goings of restaurants. Although it is tiresome to open the blog and see the dominance of this information--it does reinforce the unwelcome to some posters here reality that the EV is a destination place for foodies and the word which is sure to cause heart palpitations to a few posters--tourists. I wish the blog would send out its intrepid foot soldiers to report back on how some of the 2016 openings which caused a stir are doing (the Marshmallow lady, the bags of snack food on Saint Marks Place, how is the sock man doing in his new location?). As much as I like the interviews of people in the EV; how about a series on long time small businesses (not just restaurants) to enlighten some of us about places we might not know about that we should be supporting. It was via a notice here a year or so ago that I found out about Casey's Rubber Stamps--where I have been going off and on ever since. Enough with the constant barrage of restaurant news.

Anonymous said...

Enough with the Asian restaurant openings. Can't the East Village get ALL type of new restaurants?

I feel your concern, 10:53pm, and yet I don't because the grim reality is all there is to do in the East Village nowadays is eat and drink and not much else. There are barely any live music venues, most live music shows in Tompkins Square Park are awful punk shows put on by the same people (save the benefit for HR last July), there are no record stores which sell music by active underground/unsigned bands or bookstores. It's culturally moribund if not dead.

Anonymous said...

While there seem to be a lot of Asian restaurants opening in the EV, there are also many different cuisines within that region. Since each province of China gives us a different variety of food, I can't complain about being introduced to new ones like this noodle shop. Also, I wonder if other areas in the city are also experiencing an uptick in Asian restaurants??

I am also very impressed by the experience and interests of the staff - and that it is an all woman run enterprise: founder, chef, manager, pastry chef and marketing chief! For that reason alone, I will give this restaurant a try as soon as I can!

sophocles said...

@11:14 PM: When you say "all woman run" does that mean they refuse to hire men? But we're 50% of the population. As an aspiring egalitarian, "all woman" doesn't sound much better to me than "all black," "all Jewish," "all Chinese," "all men," or all anything. But that's me.

Giovanni said...

This looks like it will be a quality addition to the neighborhood. It's silly to complain about too many "Asian" restaurants when there are so many kinds of Asian food, and every restaurant has a different style of cooking. And there is little similarity between Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Malaysian, Mongolian, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Filipino food, and each has wide variations. The EV already has almost every kind of food in the world, from Italian and Latin to Ukrainian and Indian and Ethiopian. We even went through the French bistro and Belgian food crazes, but most of those didn't last. Neither did Empire Biscuits, but you can get those elsewhere. In fact the restaurants that seem to last the longest are the Asian restaurants. They are well run by food professionals and don't depend on alcohol sales to pay the bills. The more the merrier.

Glenn said...

I'm guessing this won't be cheap--someone has to pay the surely very high fee for the photographer who took those ridiculously over-stylized photos on their website. I'll stick to the down-and-dirty joints in Queens.

Kurt said...

Enough with the Asian restaurant openings. Can't the East Village get ALL type of new restaurants?

LOL, where were you when the East Village had dozens of Eastern European restaurants?

Anonymous said...

Where was I, 8:34pm (10:53pm)? Saying the same thing about them. I don't like too much of one kind of food in an area, but you can try to twist what I posted as having something against Asians (since you invoked places run by white people) if it makes you feel better sweetums.

9:29am - Spin it all you want, there are an inordinate amount of Asian restuarants opening in the EV and I think it's too many. How 'bout a new diner to replace the Stage Diner? A non-Asian vegetarian/vegan restuarant?

Giovanni said...

Careful there cowboy, If you keep digging yourself deeper in that hole, pretty soon you'll be in China.