My wife brought me to try this restaurant Bao Noodles on 2nd Ave and 23rd Street. I was suspicious about a place that is so popular with non-Asians at first. But the food was surprisingly authentic and refined. We're impressed that it has drawn such a chopsticks-using, cash-paying diverse crowd! Yes, it's cash-only! Guys. Some dishes are strikingly similar to the hip Bao 111 in the Village. So I guess if you can't get a table there, it's a good alternative!