Back in 2009, I ate my last lunch in San Francisco at King of Noodles, which at that time was relatively new: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612674
Tonight I ate there again, and I thought the meal was good, but not totally amazing.
Lamb dumplings: Somewhat mild compared to other lamb dumplings I've had in China, London, New York...sort of a subtle lamb taste. But dipped in a mixture of black vinegar and the excellent homemade chile sauce, these hit the spot.
Pork and chive dumplings: Solid rendition, nice flavor. Dough was a little tougher than I would have liked, but I'm nitpicking here.
Onion pancake: I suspect this was made from a frozen, rolled out dough, and I thought it was decent. Thin and crisp, but I probably wouldn't rush to order this again.
Zha ziang mian: Made with the homemade noodles, which were long and thin. I am not sure if this is what I had in 2009, since tonight's version didn't have much pork (if any?)—if there was, it wasn't super noticeable, and I can't remember, even though I just ate this 2 hours ago! It definitely did have pieces of tofu, and a dark bean sauce, and pieces of string bean.
Prices are very reasonable, and the food came out pretty quickly. I'm definitely on a quest to find the best Northern Chinese dumplings in the city, and I am not convinced that these are it...although they're definitely a strong contender.
King of Noodles
1639 Irving, between 17th and 18th Avenues