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The Return of the Bing

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  • Pan Mar 28, 2007 07:50 PM
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I just _had_ to post that title! Today, Roll and Dough on 3rd St. just east of 6th Av. reopened for the first time since they closed for renovation. Their offerings are very limited for the time being (I was told that their full lineup of bing would be in place next week), but please come back and patronize this place. (Disclaimer: I have no connection with the establishment other than having been a longtime and satisfied customer of their old location in Flushing.)

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  1. Great to know. Why the renovation? It was brand spanking new. Did she change the decor or something?

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    1. re: D...DF

      It didn't seem that different. The woman who was running things today said the closing was actually to train staff about new products.

    2. I hope they've focused their menu a bit--the place always suffered from trying to do too much. And that's a shame, since the bings are so good.

      Nosher

      NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

      1. Yeah! I was so afraid the they'd never re-open (especially after the initial re-open date came and went). How limited is the bing selection?

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        1. re: emgoodman

          As of around 6:30 yesterday, they had Spicy Pork, Spicy Chicken, and Banana bing only, plus a few varieties of regular bao and dumplings. Jane, I don't know what the new items will be.

        2. So what are their new items?

          1. Thank goodness. A spicy pork bing followed by a mango drink from papaya dog and a Patisserie Claude pain au chocolat make for a mighty fine breakfast.

            1. I'm fascinated...what is a bing?? I want one!

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              1. re: LFeinberg

                Bing is a kind of Fuzhounese dumpling that has a somewhat thick, doughy, toasted (really fried) wrapper full of sesame seeds. The shape of the dumpling is a cylinder, with a length a half an inch or so and a diameter of perhaps 5 or 6 inches. Various kinds of filling are used. One or two bing make for a filling, very cheap meal.

              2. I tried to get a couple of bings for dinner last night, and Roll and Dough was all closed up with a sign that said "Closed for Summer." I'm slightly heartbroken. Anybody have any other info?

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                1. re: Katherine H

                  ditto

                2. I just don't get the love for this place. I always found the bings heavy, greasy and unsubtly flavored. I figured they might be best fresh, so I went in one morning and got one that was just out. It was a little better, but still not very appealing.

                  They also added a bunch of overpriced, totally mediocre baked buns in their latest incarnation.

                  http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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                  1. re: Peter Cherches

                    On top of the baked buns they had before? What new kinds are there?
                    Because it's going to be hard to beat the taro root bun...

                    1. re: piccola

                      I thought they only had steamed buns before they reopened. Maybe it's the same bunch after all.

                      1. re: Peter Cherches

                        Depends on when they reopened. But I haven't been there in months and they had baked buns then, in all the same flavours as the bings.

                    2. re: Peter Cherches

                      i somewhat agree, i do think they are overrated...although they're decent if you get the right ones...the baozi are actually decent, other food is horrible

                      1. re: Peter Cherches

                        I like the lack of subtlety in the bing. Things like Spicy Chicken and Spicy and Sour Vegetables aren't about subtlety. And they're cheap street food. Less than $2 for something that makes a decent meal (OK, I sometimes get two) is a good value, as far as I'm concerned.

                      2. Walked by last week and it had a sign that said "Closed for the summer"