Just came back from XO Cafe on Walker St....not a long walk from the fringes of Tribeca and Soho. The Shrimp and Parley dumplings in soup, with noodles of your choice AND some Chinese Veg for $3.95 was delicious. Worth the walk in the cold.
Shumai (pronounced "shoe-my") are pretty open-faced, purse-shaped dumplings. Though there are no seams to seal and the shape is generally free-form, it does take a little finesse. Learn how.
Sauteed Calamari with Parsley and Garlic
A quick sauté keeps calamari tender, while garlic, lemon, and parsley brighten up the gentle oceanic flavor of the squid. Serve with crusty bread for getting every last drop of the buttery sauce. Read more.