A new restaurant called Noodle Craft is slated to open at 10-39 47th Road in Long Island City, formerly the home of The Green Street which served Korean food and closed two years ago. It’s founded by the owner of Hana Noodle, which currently operates out of a food stall at the Dekalb Market Hall in downtown Brooklyn.
Hana Noodle, a purveyor of Chinese dumplings and hand-pulled noodles bills itself as cooking “healthier versions of homestyle fare found in mainland China.” Menu items include classic Lanzhou beef noodle soup, fried hand pulled noodles, scallion pancakes, and an entree-style wonton soup. We spoke with the owner and he shared that he chose to open a place in Long Island City because of all that’s happening in the neighborhood. He also said the menu will be an updated and more expansive version than the one offered at the Brooklyn stall, and pans to apply for a liquor license after he’s up and running. As for when that will be, the restaurant is ready to go and just waiting for Con Ed to finish the job – leading to a timeline that could be from a week to a year, so we’ll call it a month.
//WHILE we’re on the topic of dumplings, I finally got the chance to reacquaint myself with those from Yumpling on Vernon Boulevard this week, and it was every bit as good as what I remembered from their food truck a year ago. They have been in a soft opening from 11am to 3pm for about a month, and according to one of the owners hope to expand to dinner within the next month.
Hana Noodle – website, see the full menu
Yumpling – now available on Vernon, see menu