red egg: great food, weird hostess

my wife and I went to red egg for dinner last night, got there at 7:15, fairly early by nyc standards. despite the place seeming half empty, the hostess asked if we had a reservation, we said no, and she said sorry, fully booked.

we went outside, and while I was looking around for other places to eat, my wife got on opentable and made a reservation for 7:45. we walked around the block, came back in, gave her our name and.... she seated us immediately. wtf?

that aside, we had some dim sum for appetizers and then shared the mushu pork. steamed pork buns were excellent, seafood dumplings were good, the red egg puffs were too sweet for my taste, I got the feeling they may be more of a dessert-ty thing that we inadverdently ordered.

mushu pork was very good also, my first time having it. solid cocktails, and everyone other than the hostess was really friendly.

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