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Cheu Noodle Bar

A wildly popular venue for Asian-inspired eating

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Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh’s Asian-esque eatery doesn’t take itself too seriously — except in matters of flavor.

The tiny Washington Square hideaway was always meant to offer diners clever riffs on traditional dishes in a laid-back setting.

The red and gold room — papered with cookbook pages and hung with paper lanterns and light strings — always feels like a party, with just enough room to fit a bar, open kitchen and seat 28 people (some along the bar).

Because of the size and the avid fan base its cooking inspires, the place is nearly always packed, and its chef-owners continue to cultivate citywide cravings for off-kilter cooking while expanding their restaurant holdings.

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