On the same visit that I took my dad to see Columbia, we also decided to head to Chinatown for one of our dinners. Joe's Shanghai is famous for their "soup dumplings" and I have been hearing about them for years. The original Joe's Shanghai is in Flushing, Queens. I actually thought their famous dish was dumplings in soup...but I was clearly way off.
This is an order of soup dumplings. They're 8 to an order and it costs just $4.95.
You take the soup dumpling and place it on the white spoon they give you. Then you can drizzle soy sauce on it, WAIT UNTIL IT COOLS OFF A BIT, and then bite in. Careful when you pick them up so you don't pierce the dumpling and let all the soup come out.
Warning: Joe's Shanghai in Chinatown is Cash Only and they will seat you with others at the big round tables if your party isn't big enough. There were four of us and we had two different singles at our table for six. One of the women spoke Chinese, lived in San Francisco and travels the world 3-4 months out of every year. She was really fun to talk to.
I also loved the big plate of orange slices they serve with your check. Nice touch.