Somewhere between a martini at Grill 23, and a superlative dinner (as usual) at Peach Farm Seafood, we were lured by the siren song, or at least dexterous fingers of the noodle-maker in the window of this brand-new entry (3 days old)in the Chinatown sweepstakes. Gottah pull for anyone trying to open a place down there this week...What could we do but stop for an appetizer?
A small, spare, brand new space, up a flight of stairs, at 10 Tyler Street. The handmade noodles are available in your choice of six soups, but since this was just a quick search-and-enjoy mission, soup was deemed too much trouble. Instead, we ordered dishes from the untranslated "Special Dishes" portion of the menu. From what I could gather, they were Shanghainese specialties, mostly cold plates. The staff was excited, and willing to translate and suggest dishes. Run and get the sixth one from the bottom of the special menu, Five Flavor Fish. A couple of fillets of tilapia were smoked (or so it tasted to me) with a paste of five traditional spices, then served sliced and chilled as an appetizer...Four pairs of chop-sticks flew for this one!
My companions also shared a spicy intestine with hot peppers, which got high marks from the offal experts among us and we also shared a light, meatless version of ma po tofu which really let the soft, creamy texture of the tofu shine.
We were really torn between staying here and exploring further, or delivering on our promise of Hong Kong style seafood at PFS, so we regretfully stopped short here. But all three dishes drew raves from us.
And today, out from under the veil of vodka, I'm noticing a long list of vegetable dishes that go far beyond the same-old, same-old, so I can't wait to go back. An equally novel seafood list, as well as pork, and a shorter list of beef and chicken selections...