I hadn't been to Joe's in a while, not since before they opened their mid-town branch, so I was very excited for my visit last night. I had been slightly put off by a non-chowhound (though still semi-trusted friend) who told me that after a recent visit he thought the soup buns at Grand Sichuan Int. (on 9th ave., much less!)were just as good, if not better. Now, let me say this, I really think Grand Sichuan skimps on the soup in their buns which immediately puts them at a disadvantage. Still, I must admit that I, too, thought Joe's was sub-par last night. Good, but not great. The buns just seemed to lack the deep flavor they've had in the past. Has anybody else felt this way? Next time, I am going to Goody's.
After a 'soup bun hit and run' at Joe's, we moved on to the salt & pepper squid and the jumbo shrimp in black bean sauce at Kam Chueh (thanks Jim!), then picked up a late night snack to go - - roast pork from New York Noodletown. Ahhhhh! Redeemed on both fronts.