Thanks to the three of you that recommended Shanghai Dumpling King. By happenstance I had a 40 minute break between films. That was enough time to walk up to 34th, eat an order of the Shanghai Steamed Dumplings (XLB) and get back to the Balboa in time for the start of John Ford's The Lost Patrol.
The dumplings were very good. About half my order seemed to have lost the enclosed soup, which was very rich, rich enough to make the vinegary soy dipping sauce irrelevant. I did like the threads of ginger in the sauce. The skins were sturdy but tender and the meat filling tasty. I only had time for 10, but easily could have eaten another order (or two?).
There was a dumpling menu on the wall too that mentioned Tinjian? dumplings. What are those? They didn't appear to have any seafood dumplings.
Was originally planning to get spaghetti and meatballs at the Vietnamese/Italian place American Grill based on the fact that the Vietnamese do know how to meatball (at least Saigon Sandwiches does), but opted for Shanghai Dumpling instead.
The Vietnamese place described as next door to the Chinese restaurant with the red door, is probably Pho Kim Son. I have now waited for the bus outside of Victoria's Pizza on Friday and last night and never saw a customer inside. Jook Time, Inc on 35th was not open when I passed by just before 9. I think mswine asked about this one already. Zephyr looked like the typical coffee and sandwich place.
Going back tonight if I can keep my eyes open, but will likely have time for only hot dogs and popcorn.
Thanks again, ctg