so i finally tried this place. the pork/chive dumplings were delicious as was our noodle dish: flavorful with shrimp and peppers and egg. pan fried vegetable dumplings were okay. skins were thin; filling was juicy.
drinks were good, though not cheap. 11 dollar cocktails should be very well crafted. these were only slightly above average.
my main complaint is the service. at several moments i wondered if we were invisible. when we were finally helped, we were not allowed to think out loud about what we wanted. a friend of mine hesitated for only moment before ordering but the waiter had already darted away telling us to call him back when we were "ready." i think he skipped town after that. later, i attempted to get soy sauce from three different servers.i could have walked back down to canal street and bought my own by the time it finally came out.
i guess i was hoping that this would be a nice place to drink and eat dim sum in the evening. now i feel reluctant to go there again given the service, despite the quality of the food--which i would like to try more of.