I happened into the new Red Farm Restaurant on Hudson several weeks ago, and it was packed full of people.
A newspaper review that day and a canceled dinner date was responsible for this destiny, a destiny that consisted of dumplings and soup, but the soup enters the mouth only after the dumpling has been placed there, and bitten or chewed. The result is flood of delicious juice or soup adding to the consistency and taste of the steamed dough and cooked meat within the dough. This is Dumpling and Soup as written on the menu.
The newspaper reviewer had mentioned these very dumplings and recommended that the best way to enjoy these soup filled dumplings was to bite off the top of the dumpling after it is brought up to the mouth by way of a spoon, then the soup can be sucked out as it falls into the spoon.
I beg to differ on this. I recommend waiting a bit for the dumplings to cool off, then load it up with hot sauce, if that is to your liking. Then use a chopstick and/or spoon, and pop the entire dumpling into your mouth. That experience was worth the 30 minute wait I had for the table.
After checking out the menu I had determined that it was only the dumplings I would eat, and have not a clue as to what the other items on the menu are like.
The dumplings run about 12 or so dollars. Be sure to have ordered beer and ready to cleanse your palette, after each dumpling, though it is more of augmenting the flavor in your palette.
529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014