I finally got a chance to check it out Christmas Eve. I know it's still fairly new, but Mrs. Dude and I were impressed by the cleanliness of the place and liked that it was much less divey than Joe's or Goody's in the city ever were. Service was generally excellent, though I would've appreciated a fresh teapot or at least an offer of one when I signalled that ours was empty and the waiter took it.
Xiao Long Bao were fairly tasty, and we could taste the crab compoonents. They were a bit on the small side, and the wrappers were thicker than I prefer. Best way was to bite the top knot off and discard, and then eat the rest.
As Mrs. Dude doesn't much care for real Chinese food (as opposed to neighborhood American style) since two pregnancies, so in a concession to get her to come I pre-ordered the Peking Duck for us. I would normally never order that in a Shanghai restaurant, but in this case I'm glad I did- it was excellent. I'm not a connossieur of the dish, but I would have to rank this as the second-best I've ever had, surpassed only by the one we had at Nice Restaurant, on E. Broadway Manhattan. The waiter expertly assembled 6 perfect sandwiches from the piles of ingredients, and the 2 that we ate at home the next day were still great.
We also had Lion's Head, which was very good. We had to wait quite a while for this and the dish we had next to it to come out, leading me to believe that they made it to order. Tables near us ordering gringo food got theirs very quickly, but our meal was slowly paced. The gravy was rich, and the meatballs were the consistency of fluffy-style matzah balls, just divine.
Last dish was pan-fried noodle with chicken. It wasn't my favorite rendition of the dish (also not a core competency of the restaurant, I don't believe) but was tasty and different than other versions we've had in terms of makeup.
I'll go back.
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