Having occasionally lurked on the Manhattan board and reading the recent reports on GS, I was very nervous about eating there for the first time with a party of eight plus two young children, almost all of whom hate "spicy" food. But, I was very pleasantly surprised. The ten of us (ages 1 to 89) arrived at 1 PM on Saturday without a reservation (we did call to see if there would most likely be space, but couldn't give an exact time, hence no reservation). The staff promptly set up a table for us. No one took charge of the ordering, but somehow the waitress managed to get it from us (we ended up chosing one dish each). The crab meat soup dumplings were great as were the (at first) seemingly plain vegetable dumpling (filled with a spinach/tofu mixture). We had two orders of soft shell crabs, one with garlic sauce, one with ginger scallion sauce (at bit pricey at $14.95 each) that were wonderful. Even the shrimp with mixed vegetables and the General Tso's chicken were really fresh and well sauced. The other simple dishes were also very good.
When it arrived, the person who chose the Vegetables with Black Mushrooms was very disappointed that it was not the typical mixed vegetables, but rather bok choi slices in a crown shape with the black mushroom caps in the center. He wanted to send it back, but we kept it and it was so flavorful that it was finished in a few seconds.
They forgot "my" order of hot and spicy shredded pork with shredded pumpkin (our most "adventurous" choice) but we were full enough to be thankful for the omission.
The service was very polite and cheerful despite the two children and some crabby adults. All together, with soups, appetizers, 8 entrées and three beers, the bill was under $150 with tax and tip. And everyone walked away pleased (and some of us, both pleased and relieved).
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