We just took friends visiting from NYC who are serious eaters to China Village last night. They said they haven't had anything like it in NYC and were completely delighted.
cucumber w/ spicy sauce (great)
lamb dumplings (good, not great--a little dough-y)
braised pork shoulder w/ baby bok choy (great)
village special seafood noodle soup (last night only good--the broth less rich/dimensional than usual)
village special lamb (great)
watercress in garlic sauce (great-minus,not quite as garlicky as usual)
sesame flatbread (great--arrived hot and well-cooked)
Our friends' questions:
1)(addressed to bi-coastal posters/lurkers:) where can they get this kind of food in NYC?
2) from what parts of China do dishes like the lamb (w/ its unusual cumin flavoring) orginate?
And thanks to Chowhound for introducing us to China Village, such that we could introduce them!