Sometimes the mere thought of choosing a dumpling spot in NYC is too much to handle. We get it – there are so many factors to consider – soup, fried, steamed? A quick bite or a three hour dinner marathon? Chinatown or Brooklyn? Fear not – we’ve rounded up 5 spots that won’t disappoint no matter what vibe you’re going for!
East Village & Nolita. This authentic Taiwanese spot serves up fresh dumplings, made from scratch everyday. Our favorite part? Mimi Cheng’s uses the highest quality ingredients available, so the menu is constantly changing. We’re loving the March dumpling special – the “Super V.” – juicy and bright carrots, reinvigorating chives, sweet cabbage, and hearty shiitake mushrooms “because good food should be good for your tastebuds too.”
St. Mark’s Place. The Bao is soup dumpling heaven. Bring a bottle of wine (yes, it’s BYOB) and enjoy Shanghai-style xiao long bao soup dumplings with classic & creative fillings – think pork, crab, and our personal favorites – super spicy and wasabi. Also, be sure to save some room for dessert dumplings filled with creamy Nutella and banana.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Chinatown. Nom Wah has been serving up dim sum and dumplings since 1920, and let’s just say, they’ve perfected the craft. We recommend the shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings, but you can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu.
Vanessa’s Dumpling House
Williamsburg, Union Square, Chinatown. This is a great spot to get your dumpling on quick and cheap. Pop in when you get that sudden urge for delicious fried or steamed dumplings – you won’t be disappointed and neither will your bank account!
Midtown, Chinatown, Flushing. A dumpling list wouldn’t be complete without Joe’s Shanghai – especially since this was the spot that Out Of Office NY was conceived! Yes, in true form, we came up with OOONY over dumplings. But, in all seriousness this is a great spot even if it’s slightly “touristy”. Don’t let the ticketing system scare you – you most likely won’t have to wait too long to get a table!