It's a mod, mod world at this two-level slickster in the East Village, where gray-and-white tiles, metal tables and clear, plastic chairs show off a contemporary flair. The name tips off what they do very well, but dumplings (even really delicious ones) are only half the story. The menu also leans into seafood and Chinese-style tapas.
There are flashy dishes, like uni dumplings made with squid ink-tinted wrappers and dusted with gold powder, but some of the best dishes are dressed down but offer amped-up flavor. Sichuan-style dumplings in a mouth-numbing chili oil and peanut sauce bring the heat, while pan-fried zucchini and cucumber keep things light (order more from your phone). The truffled shrimp toast is a very grown-up snack.