I had first chanced on this place about a year back, actually shortly after I had treated myself to a very inexpensive point and shoot camera for throwing in the bag purposes. A notch above my camera phone, but just that. All in all, it has been a good idea to capture just basic things mostly during my workday.
The general idea of this place is pretty neat, essentially one of Chinatown gentrified and moved to Flatiron, minus the carts, quick and neat. However, once you get past the dumplings the rest is really , well ho hum. Not all the dumplings are all that hot and the place is not as budget friendly as Dim Sum, however still worth a visit if you want to check it out.
They steamy dumplings arrive in almost a couple or more New York minutes and if you are getting bored of the dumplings, the steamed buns and the salad are possibilities. They clearly think that their dumpling card (which I probably will not fill) is enough incentive along with the food to get you back about 10 times more.
In a nutshell, do not go out of your way, but certainly consider it an option in the neighbourhood.
Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
61 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
212 924 9220