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Dec 15, 2006 05:06 PM

Chinatown Dumpling Tour

I'm trying to put together a Chinatown dumpling tour, walk the area and see what dumplings are the best. Does anyone have suggestions of what dumpling joints I should visit from that area?


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  1. I think the Dumplings at Prosperity dumpling on Eldridge Street are done pretty well. Cripsy and not soggy was my last experience.

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    1. re: designerboy01

      Unfortunately they seem to be full of gristle as was the sesame pancake with beef. The flavor was good though.

      I'd rather pay a little more for quality meat.

      1. re: CornflakeGirl

        I agree that the sesame pancake with beef is not as good as tasty dumpling. But I found their dumplings pretty good for a dumpling house. The way it is supppose to be made is on order and with more meat which you can get at some restaurants in Flushing. But for a cheap dumpling house I think they are pretty good in that price range of restaurants.

        1. re: designerboy01

          Hmmm... I'd take Prosperity's over Tasty's any day. Same goes for the sesame pancake.



          1. re: Nosher

            The last two times I went they re-heated the sesame pancake and it didn't have that crisp. Its best to catch it right after he cooks it. But at tasty dumpling, I guess its because of the volume of people that go there that you have better chances of getting bread fresh and crispy.

            1. re: designerboy01

              We had a fresh sesame pancake at Prosperity and it was very tasty. It was the meat that turned me off. If I went back I'd skip the meat. My BF also found some gristle in his dumplings which we both found sort of odd.

              I haven't been to Tasty but I think I'm going to have to try it.

              1. re: CornflakeGirl

                The beef is like kind of a roast beef. Maybe you are not use to seeing the meat like that.

                1. re: designerboy01

                  Sorry, my BF is a chef and used to be a butcher. He's seen it all. This meat wasn't cooked long enough or slow enough to soften the gristle. In the sesame pancake you could see the gristle stripes throughout the pieces of beef. The dumplings had chewy bits throughout.

            2. re: Nosher

              definitely. i've never had a problem with anything being gristly at prosperity.

              1. re: wleatherette

                I agree with Nosher and wleatherette: Prosperity Dumpling is tops. Personally I think their sesame "pancake" is even better. I have to wonder if they're putting crack in it or something. SO good! To me, the quality of the meat seems to vary. Once I got the dumplings and the meat was AMAZINGLY good. Other times it's just average, and tastes about the same as the other dumpling places. I definitely haven't had much gristle in the meat in their dumplings though. Maybe a little tiny bit, but not much, esp. considering the price.

                I'm glad to see that customers are discovering Prosperity Dumpling. The first couple of times I went there (usually in the evening), hardly anybody else was around. But the last two times, it's been much busier. Last night, a yappy guy showed up and picked up two bulging plastic bags that were waiting for him, and other people were there too.

                I wasn't as impressed with my first visit to Super Taste last night, but then I'm not a big soup person, and I tend to prefer rice or bread over noodles for my carbs. I only went because I have a cold. Some of the beef in that soup WAS gristly, but I probably should've just gotten a veggie soup anyway, b/c by then I was bit beef-ed out. Still, some of the pieces of beef were tasty and tender, and the noodles were good at first, though I got tired of them after a while... that's a big bowl of soup for $4. Watching them make noodles was fun, too. While I was eating, a Chinese guy and a white guy finished their food, walked up to the counter and paid their bill of $10, puzzled the girl behind the counter by giving her a tip, and then one of them said to the other, "Heh, the cab ride over here was $13."

                1. re: Ike

                  I went to Super Taste recently, delicious broth and noodle in the in the spicey beef soup, lots of everything, but i wasn't feeling the beef as it was too gristley. Still lots to eat by just eating around the beef

          2. re: CornflakeGirl

            The one time I've been, I loved the sesame pancake with beef and didnt find any gristle.....

            1. re: CornflakeGirl

              the sesame pancake sandwiches are made with brisket, right? or a similar cut?

              1. re: CornflakeGirl

                Dumplings at that price point are made with the cheapest ground pork...i.e. the fattiest part of the pig. Although there should be no gristle (pork really has no gristle, as does beef)it might have slipped in.

                Most of my fellow Chinese would never eat these dumplings..those who do are looking for cheap eats, not quality

                1. re: Buddha Belly

                  You get what you pay for! Trust me at that price point I often wonder what I'm eating. I don't think I really want to know.

                  "There's a reason why it only costs 99¢"—Fast Food Nation

            2. theres the place on mosco street and the store right around the corner on mulberry. whether they are crispy or soggy seems to depend on the amount of people on line. you could also try the two places on the corner of henry and catherine. again it's sort of hit or miss but at $1/5 it can't hurt to try them out.

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              1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                Skip the Fried Dumpling on Mosco, which I personally think is vile (the Allen St branch is better). I think you're referring to Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry, which I agree is superior. The best I've had is at Dumpling House on Eldridge and Broome, but I still haven't tried Prosperity, which gets good reviews.

                1. re: a_and_w

                  I'll cast my ballot for Tasty Dumpling at 54 Mulberry too. Also the place called Fried Dumpling at 25 Henry, which may or may not be related to the Fried Dumpling on Mosco. Don't forget that with all these places we're talking about ridiculously inexpensive fare, so gourmet quality food should not be expected.

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    Dumpling House and Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry is run by the same people. I tend to go to Tasty which is less crowded.

                2. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                  is this the place across from the original Hong Kong egg cake stand? with the extreme angle on the street? stopped by for a very late batch, but it was still pretty damn good. I can't say if it was the best tho; my standard are home-made, with the two open ends on the side, expressly designed for the guo-tie . . .

                  1. re: bigjeff

                    Yep, that's the place. I've not been having luck with it recently. I'm consistently getting the batches of the somewhat mushy all stuck together type.

                    1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                      had some of those extremely mushy ones today. bad.

                3. Do handmade noodles count? They'd be a nice break from dumplings. If so, then try Supertaste or Sheng Wang on Eldridge Street.


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                  1. re: Brian S

                    I really enjoyed super taste's dumplings too. They're very plump.

                  2. I LOVE the soup noodle dumplings at Joes Shanghai. They are amazing

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                    1. re: Moz

                      I long ago concluded that those at Yeah were better, with New Green Bo second and Joe's third (at least, of that grouping), but I don't really love them at any of those places. Have you tried xiaolong bao elsewhere?

                      1. re: Moz

                        I second your vote for Joe's, Moz. I was turned on to them by a friend who grew up in Chinatown (her mother still lives nearby).

                        1. re: gido

                          I prefer the dumplings at Joe's, but it's a matter of what the eater prefers. I've had the dumplings at New Yeah Shanghai, and they're distinctly different. Like the dumplings at Din Tai Fung in Beijing, the broth inside is lighter. The broth at Joe's is heavier and really coats the inside of your mouth. But, like any dumpling, you have to eat them hot. If you get soup dumplings that have been sitting around, whether it be at Joes, or Din Tai Fung, they'll pale in comparison to a fresh batch.

                          1. re: Greg

                            What irked me about Yeah's xiao long bao was the thickness of the skin. And way too chewy. I've been to Din Tai Fung in Arcadia, CA (though not Beijing) and I just don't think you can compare the two, though I'm pleased to see someone post who can!

                          2. re: gido

                            I'm with you on Joe's Shanghai dumplings. I've heard other people criticize them, but I've eaten there at least 10 times in the last year and they've always been delicious.

                        2. North Shore Dumpling (I think that's the name) on Essex between Hester and Grand has some very fresh veggie dumplings, worth a try. There's also a place on Eldridge, just below Canal, that's well known for their hand pulled noodles (Super Taste, I believe), but they also have great meat dumplings, very distinct, strong flavor.