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Steve R | | Apr 9, 2007 07:35 AM

Finally got around to eating there and, although it was fine, I cant see anything to recommend it to anyone not in the immediate area. A nice room (the back outdoor area will probably be nice when the weather warms up), friendly owners & a decent menu with some unusual touches. The service was a little spacey and, although he got everything right (eventually), we were never sure he would. I'd recommend the dumplings and the mussels to anyone who goes. Not that you cant get better, bigger and more inexpensive fresh dumplings on Eldridge St, but these were 5 very credible pot stickers (for $6). The mussels, in a light kifir lime and coconut broth (that had a little kick... a good one), were very clean, very plump and very tasty. The scallion/shrimp pancakes were more like my mom's potato pancakes with shrimp and scallions then they were like the Chinese ones... not that this was a bad thing ($5 as a side dish). The entrees were, unfortunately, okay but uninspired. My chicken was quite thick and juicy and the mashed potatoes were fine, but the preparation added nothing to the solid material used. Ginny's duck breast was more interesting, sitting on some soba noodles, but the duck was again just okay (good meat) while the noodles added the only punch to the plate. Our nephew's steak and eggs were, well, steak and eggs and my sister in law's ravioli was tasty but similarly without any pizzazz. The desserts were good enough.

Overall, we had a nice enough meal but it just didnt inspire us. I'd hoped for more.