Locally living friends took me here after they had already praised the restaurant's soup dumplings on our lovely walk on the near-by High Line. I listened with awe to stories about long lines of customers waiting outside this inauspicious- looking joint at dinner time.
On this sunny May afternoon the restaurant was empty. The staff greeted us in a manner somewhere between indifferent and blatantly rude. It is a no-frills joint. The interior is, in the style of so many low-price Chinese restaurants decorated with empty bottles, crates and upside-down chairs and tables. (Don't bring your romantic date.) We conquered the table at the window overlooking 9th Ave, premium seating, nice for people watching. (May be you can bring your date anyway?)
The dumplings - I admit - were the best I have had outside of South East Asia.
If you are not accustomed to soup dumplings be warned: Do Not Bring Your Favourite Shirt or Trousers!
Spicy Sichuan dishes headline a large menu of low-priced Chinese fare. I saw dan dan noodles and tea smoked duck on the menu but had no space in my stomach. I need to come back!
The bill was ridiculously cheap. We paid for the three of us what I would have regarded as very reasonable for one person. (But then I live in high-cost Sweden.)
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