The name boat noodle was coined from how it was historically served from boats. Generally, the noodles and broth were small in portion so it could be served while paddling a boat.
Since the dish made the long trek to NYC, the portion sizes have greatly increased, and the taste has evolved into quite the Astoria neighborhood favorite. This place is seriously bustling with life. All. The. Time.
Whereas the traditional noodles have tended to contain pig blood, pork, or beef, Pye Boat Noodle gives you the option to do without. Almost every dish on the menu is made to your preference. For us, we of course had the meat-free options: Tofu and Vegetables. We had the Yen Ta Fo Jae with tofu and Pad Pukk with vegetables and relished every bit of it. To start the meal we had a starter of chive pancakes, and to cleanse the palate, a dessert made from sweet cake and pandan custard. The starter and dessert both resembled green cubes, now that we look back on this.
The fresh veggies and strong spices make for an intense flavor. The food is rich, but not heavy – they create their dishes with an amount of spice that does not disappoint those who are looking for some heat. (They’re very up front about that, as you can see from their drink sign.)
The décor is reminiscent of an indoor/outdoor market, with decorative bright blue paneling and wooden window shutters. There’s even a nice patio outside for when the weather warms up. Pye Boat Noodle is the perfect place to relax, savor each bite, and treat yourself to a good meal. Our tastebuds are urging us to make our way back.
Address: 35 13 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106
Closest Subway: Broadway (N/W)
Monday 11:30AM–3:30PM 4–10:30PM
Tuesday 11:30AM–3:30PM 4–10:30PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–3:30PM 4–10:30PM
Thursday 11:30AM–3:30PM 4–10:30PM