The emblematic potion is a creepingly strong combination of peach, lemon, and vodka infused with oolong tea. It is called “Cold Tea for Two,” and it is served in a metal teapot, then poured into the white ceramic cups found at every restaurant in Chinatown — “cold tea,” of course, being the longstanding code for after-hours alcohol rumored to be served at certain establishments in the neighborhood.
This bit of tongue in cheek shows where Shojo stands. Able to fondly tweak the area’s dim sum palaces and late-night lo mein joints, it is Chinatown: The Next Generation. Never mind that many diners head to this neighborhood precisely for dim sum and late-night lo mein. Others want their dinner without borders. Now, together with me: legs apart, lasso motion, and gallop Gangnam style.