Dan Dan noodles from Wu Liang Ye yesterday afternoon that I would happen upon a worker protest. Oh my...
Workers from the now defunct 39th Street and 86th Street branches of Wu Liang Ye were protesting the actions of the owners of those branches alleging among other things that they violated overtime and minimum wage laws. Last month Judge Denny Chin (aka the Madoff judge) handed down a default judgment awarding damages to the employees.
From what I understand the charges against the 48th Street location were dropped in conjunction with this lawsuit because the owners of the 48th street location proved in court that they were separately owned. But the protesters were saying that the three restaurants acted as one. Sarah DiGregorio has a great write up over at the Village Voice. The protesters will be back tomorrow and plan a press conference today at 12:30.
I'm really not sure what to think and I'm curious about the full story behind the story. As for the Dan Dan Noodles, they were absolutely delicious. This version didn't have peanut or peanut butter like the version at Spicy Tasty in Flushing. But they still had a nice spicy kick and great porky flavor. If you get these take out, don't delay in tossing them. The noodles stick together like crazy if you won't give them a little toss. For $6.50 these noodles made for a filling lunch. Definitely better than the Dan Dan at Szechuan Gourmet. I'd love to go back for more Dan Dan or perhaps try their much loved Sesame Noodles. In the meantime I'll be following this case to see where it goes.