Thursday, December 16, 2010

Love for Franklin: Bristen's Noodle Bowls

(This meal cost $10.)

After straying to the west, I wanted to give some love to Franklin establishments at the end of the week. First up is Bristen's, where I've become enamored with the spicy beef noodle soup. It's filling, it's tasty, and it's ready in about five minutes for five dollars. I'm a pretty simple guy, and this meets all my criteria. Word has it the dumplings are good as well, though I haven't tried those yet. Any other reviews of the new menu?

9 comments:

  1. The dumplings were very good. The only thing I suggest is not eating in the restaurant--I've been there a couple times to eat-in and it's always a confusing and not-so-customer-friendly experience. (No water, no plates for our dumplings, do we tip even though it's self-service?, etc.) Maybe it's just weird because they used to serve like a restaurant. Anyway, the chef was very friendly and made our dumplings with love.

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  2. I would love it if they would add a vegetarian version of the dumplings to the menu. I think they only have pork dumplings so far.

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  3. I completely agree with the above Anonymous post. The vegetarian noodles are good - but nothing I crave. The vegetarian tofu soup was super bland... but I love dumpings - I hope they get them soon!

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  4. pretty unspectacular. keep wishing it was better than it is.

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  5. I really cannot understand why people like Bristens. The meat is ultra-low quality and most of their soups are tasteless. I certainly don't know of any other restaurant in NYC that is a wanna-be bad chinese restaurant.

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  6. The service is just as bad as the food

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  7. Agreed. And they need to know that hand-pulled noodles does not mean pulling noodles out the freezer; soup is not tasteless gravy; and meat is better when it isn't >60 bone.

    Trust me, I want to support Bristen's. But either hire someone that knows how to cook Chinese or go back to full-time American.

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  8. I wouldn't recommend going back to American food. That food was awful. I had brunch there twice, fool me once, shame on you... I wasn't expecting much more from the menu change. Anyone know how the J Wong's is down the street from them?

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  9. I liked Bristens when they first opened. The service and quality started to go downhill quickly. After the fire, I went back and was not impressed. I've been in once since they started the new menu...the noodles weren't good. I want to support them but I like Good food.

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