I'm going to skip over the quality aspect of Joe's Shanghai and just address Eater's perpetuation of a totally incorrect method to eat xiao long bao.
There was an article in the NYTimes in the late 80's early 90's which advised that you suck out the juice from an xlb before eating it. My family from Shanghai, people in Shanghai do not do this. I don't know who they asked advice from but I assume it was a non-Shanghainese person, whether Cantonese, Fukianese, Hunanese, I don't care, it's wrong. You are supposed to eat the bao and the juice together.
How a food site like Eater NY or the NY Times would perpetuate misinformation about something so incredibly basic is beyond me and it's frustrating that this is still happening in 2015.
It's like having NYTimes publish an instructional on eating burritos which tells you to first unwrap the tortilla then to pick out the rice, then pick out the beans and eat the meat last, then this misinformation somehow becomes canon.
Or when eating filled pastas, pierce each ravioli and suck out the filling before chewing on the pasta shell. Ridiculous. Besides being totally incorrect, it DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.