There are a lot of restaurants on St. Mark’s Place but only one serves soup dumplings (xiao long bao / 小笼包) and other Shanghai-nese favorites.
The soup in the xiao long bao was delicious but the wrapping was a bit chewier than I liked. The upside is that made it easy to pick up these dumplings, since the bottoms didn’t stick to the basket as much. They were pricier ($7.95) than my usual Chinatown spot ($5.95) but this is definitely the best in the neighborhood.
The pork rice cakes were perfectly cooked and reasonably priced at $9.95 for a well sized portion. Rice cakes are very filling and has a chewy texture, similar to gnocchi.
Although I wouldn’t recommend the General Tso’s Chicken, it’s a simple dish (sliced chicken breast served in a sweet sauce) that is well suited to those who might not like traditional Chinese food.
BUDGET TIP: Lunch specials (entree & rice) around $8, between 11am-5pm.