finally stepped in after being passersby for so many times.
order a bowl of beef noodles $9.90++ - got a few thin slices of beef and 4 meatballs, but luckily noodles were "Q". they concurred that they preferred the braised beef noodles from din tai fung. maybe it's just that they like a different kind of soup base.
xiao long bao (dumplings) $5.20++ for 6 - not too bad, but the ginger serving wasn't as tidily arranged as din tai fung's.
price ranges seem similar, would lean more towards din tai fung for now