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Rickshaw Dumpling Bar

GiGi Jan 13, 2006 12:18 PM

Anyone been??? Suggestions?

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    Live-To-Eat RE: GiGi Jan 13, 2006 12:34 PM

    Some people rip on this place, but I really like the dumplings with noodles in soup!

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      dkstar1 RE: Live-To-Eat Jan 13, 2006 12:55 PM

      yeah, I'm not sure why people don't like the food.

      My only complaints are the cost and the inability to order a selection of dumplings. You are stuck ordering 6 or 9 of the same dumpling.

      I've had the traditional pork both fried and steamed. I like them steamed.

      I've had the chicken and thai basil and like them either steamed or fried...no preference.

      I've had the szechuan chicken (its relatively new) and prefer it fried.

      I've also tried the chocolate ones. These are difficult to navigate and have a very thick shell. Worth trying once...but I haven't had it since.

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        Scott V RE: dkstar1 Jan 13, 2006 01:33 PM

        The dumplings aren't bad, but they're not markedly better than the dumplings you can get in Chinatown in a serving of 5 for a dollar or two.

        I've gotten fried dumplings at Rickshaw that have a texture that suggests they were fried hours before and reheated when I ordered. At nearly a dollar per dumpling this shouldn't be.

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          Pass the Bubbly! RE: Scott V Jan 13, 2006 01:37 PM

          Um...the poster was asking about places to eat around the Flatiron district, NOT about Chinatown.

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            Scott V RE: Pass the Bubbly! Jan 13, 2006 01:43 PM

            That was a comparison, Bubbly. I'm not advocating anyone travel 20+ blocks at lunch for dumplings. But anyone who has eaten the inexpensive dumplings in Chinatown and reads that comment has an idea what these are like.

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              xavier RE: Scott V Jan 13, 2006 04:01 PM

              Agreed. But Rickshaw is a great addition to the neighborhood, which until recently has been a little thin on good, inexepensive options. (Now we have Daneielle's Piadina, Rickshaw in addition to the amazing -- yet grungy -- Great Burritos)

              Personally, the only Rickshaw dumplings I like are the chicken and thai basil.

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                Leaving NYC! RE: xavier Jan 13, 2006 04:03 PM

                Maffei's pizza is surprisingly good too!

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                  xavier RE: Leaving NYC! Jan 13, 2006 09:24 PM

                  Is that the place on the corner of, like, 21st and 6th Ave.?? I so I went there on the recommendation of someone around here and found is just awful. I ordered 2 slices and threw one of them away.

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                    a&w RE: xavier Jan 14, 2006 05:03 PM

                    I'm really not a fan of Maffei either. For slices I prefer Pizza 33, and for pies I like Rocco's and Waldy's. Tre Dici on 26th btw 6th and 7th also does a nice neopolitan style pizza, but I prefer a crisper crust.

            2. re: Pass the Bubbly!
              GiGi RE: Pass the Bubbly! Jan 13, 2006 01:56 PM

              Actually I was asking specifically about Rickshaw Dumpling Bar....and I appreciate everyone's thoughts. Thanks!

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                Stan D'man RE: Pass the Bubbly! Jan 13, 2006 11:28 PM

                Bubbly, I would love to know how you managed to get "Flatiron District" out of the following:

                "Anyone been??? Suggestions?"

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          music gal RE: GiGi Jan 13, 2006 02:12 PM

          shockingly quick service and tasy dumplings and noodles. You also, don't feel like taking a nap after lunch as the food is very fesh and light only complaint is it gets crowded at lunch

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            CornflakeGirl RE: GiGi Jan 13, 2006 02:26 PM

            My suggestion is to go someplace else for dumplings.

            I'd never had flavorless duck until I tried the dumplings at Rickshaw. The first batch they gave us were cold as well.

            This was shortly after they opened but there are too many other options to bother with this place again.

            Flavorless duck! Who knew?

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              Pot Belly RE: CornflakeGirl Jan 13, 2006 04:02 PM

              I actually LOVED their duck dumplings.

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              Mookie RE: GiGi Jan 14, 2006 12:31 AM

              What a coincidence, I just went to Rickshaw tonight for the first (& last) time & specifically went to this board to post comments about how awful they were. Had the veggie steamed - they were tasteless & incredibly gummy. The dipping sauce was not great tasting & also very incompatable with the dumpling filling - very herby (that's the best way I can describe it). Go anywhere else.

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                a&w RE: Mookie Jan 14, 2006 04:46 PM

                Funny, I just went to Rickshaw myself this afternoon. Tried the fried szechuan chicken dumplings for the first time. I thought they were actually pretty good. I also think the fried pork are pretty decent. Not a destination spot perhaps, and certainly not in the same league as Tasty Dumpling or Dumpling House. But I continue to think Rickshaw's a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

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                juniorpony RE: GiGi Jan 16, 2006 05:53 PM

                I work a block away, and I eat here a LOT. I think it's very good, and I'm glad to have it in the neighborhood. The dumplings and salad are just enough for lunch (I can never finish the soup). I esp. like the shanghai chicken and the shrimp dumplings. I will admit that fried are better than steamed.

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                  kenjialt RE: GiGi Nov 23, 2009 12:45 PM

                  Shockingly bad dumplings at shockingly high prices. 12 dumplings and 2 drinks for $19!

                  The dumplings were unbelievably dry and bland. They broke apart as I picked them up because they stupidly serve them on paper trays that stick to the bottom of the dumplings like glue. But even though the bottoms completely fell off, not a single drop of juice came out of them - they were really that dry. They were also served lukewarm with fridge-cold sauce. I rarely have been so angered by a negative restaurant experience.

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                    smokeandapancake RE: kenjialt Nov 23, 2009 12:47 PM

                    Im not a fan either. Im suprised its still around.

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