Dumplings & Beyond
This is really a fantastic restaurant featuring jiaozi (water dumplings), the very simple, light, and quite uncommon Chinese fare that actually isn't from the south.
And that's what really sets it apart from Chinatown. It appeals to a lighter sensibility -- not like Japanese but closer to Mongolian.
Is this food you can cook at home? Sure, I do it all the time.
And here you can see grandma making fresh dumplings behind a curtain.
But if you don't feel like making and boiling your own dumplings at home and want to try something different than Chinatown, this place is really great.
There are definitely going to be people who don't "get" this place, and that's fine. The other 99% of "me too" Chinese restaurants are already out there, God love 'em.
This place is really special, and for them to succeed and do well in the community, we'll have to show them tons of love and support by eating there and telling our friends about it!
Bon appetit! Or, of course, gan-be!