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10. Lan Zhou, 144 East Broadway, 212-566-6933
Located right on the Chinatown border, we're claiming this one for the LES. Ignore the grime that covers the tables and floors at this bare-bones joint and instead focus on the man thwapping dough into submissive noodles at the back of the space. Those noodles make magic in beef noodle soup when they swim in a broth dense with savory garlic-tinged flavor. We supplement that dish with a platter of dumplings, the pungent pork meatballs encased in thin, slippery skins.
Gentrification has been pretty thorough in the traditional immigrant stronghold of the Lower East Side, and for proof, you need only to look at the restaurants--trendy spots usurp long-held leases here all the time. But despite all the turnover that's happened in the last decade or so, several old joints have still hung on, making this an area with diverse culinary options. Herewith, the ten best restaurants on the Lower East Side, which run the gamut from a cheap Chinese canteen to a brand new locavore spot.
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Published on October 7, 2013