Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Best Dumplings in NYC

In 2009, I have made it a goal of mine to find the best dumplings in NYC. I am not talking about "haute" dumplings at the likes of Momofuku or Chinatown Brasserie. I am talking about authentic, hand made gems at hole in the wall establishments. I am starting a ranked list below and will add to it throughout the year. Enjoy!

1. Prosperity Dumpling @ 46 Eldridge
$1 for 5 pan fried chive & pork dumplings
$8 for a bag of 50 frozen ones to take home
Juiciest filling, thinnest wrapper. 9 out of 10!



2. Vanessa's Dumpling House @ 118 Eldridge
$1 for 4 pan fried chive & pork dumplings
$1 for 4 pan fried cabbage & pork dumplings
$9 for 50 frozen dumplings to take home
Wrapper is thicker but the cabbage & pork dumplings are very tasty. Also has a large menu of other things like bubble tea and sesame pancakes with various fillings. A much larger space than Prosperity, with seating that you can wait for.


3. Fried Dumpling @ 99 Allen
$1 for 5 pan fried pork & chive dumplings
$1 for 4 pan fried pork buns (yum)
Good filling but smaller than the others.

6 comments:

  1. Ok, this is one of the best ideas ever. Wish I were in NYC to help with the polling! Will scout some dumpling purveyors in London for your visit!

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  2. My husband and I recently visited Excellent Dumpling House (111 Lafayette) and ordered the most flavorful steamed veggie dumplings we've ever had. The chicken were equally yummy. Try 'em and see how they measure!

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  3. I totally agree with you on Prosperity!

    http://theeatenpath.com/2009/02/09/prosperity-dumpling-fried-dumplings-new-york-chinatown/

    Have you tried the fried dumplings at Lan Zhou? They don't fall into the $1 category, but I've heard great things. Still working on confirming the rumors...

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  4. There will be a dumpling crawl this saturday 7/11 in chinatown. We will be visiting many of the top spots listed on this page........if you are interested check out our facebook page below
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/event.php?eid=103431626045&ref=ts

    Joel- Event Organizer

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  5. Prosperity are the best! Here are my notes from the Spring ( I started a similar project)


    North Dumpling, 27A Essex
    Dry, golden brown consistent shell, gingery taste, bland but not oily, nice plate for eat in, service with a smile, sauces medium watery, air conditioned. Trip 2: found string and little fishes in chive pancake. However tasty and $0.50 each.

    Hua/Sua Du Dumpling Shop 7 Allen st
    Out of dumps at 2:13

    Prosperity Dumpling 46 Eldridge
    Not crispy but cooked and excellet flavor, delicious chivey flavor - greasy, very liquid filled, caused casualty

    Good Dumpling House Inc, 214 Grand
    Flavor: strong pork and chive, best alone - sauce packets bad, delicious without sauce, prettiest, 4:$1, juicy, thin flexible shells like Japanese style, not crispy not golden brown

    Tasty Dumpling 54 Mulberry
    Bland, not over juicy, fairly crispy, thick shells, 5:$1.25, very watered down sauces, terribly dissapointing

    Fried Dunmpling 106 Mosco
    Underfilled, bland, flat, bad, angry service - all around bad experience, "they wêrè dümplïngs"

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  6. Does anyone know of a dumpling place that is downtown(not in chinatown)? I went to one in possibly 2006 or 2007 and can't remember the name. It had a very clean feel to it and mostly severed nothing but dumplings(no noodles ect.)It was a very small place that was basically a hole in the wall.
    Thanks!

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