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Best soup dumpling in the city?

My husband and I are going to do a soup dumpling pub crawl in Chinatown to try to find the best one...what places do you think are #1?

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    1. re: RussianGirl

      I second this. My #1 favorite food item in NYC

      1. re: Jel212

        definitely the soup dumplings at joe's shanghai. the best.

    2. new green bo (definitely didn't like new yeah nearly as much, skins too thick)

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      1. re: jdream

        I got my first soup dumpling at Goody's, which was once a Chinatown institution, but I find that New Green Bo definitely outshines them!

        1. re: JungMann

          The soup dumplings at New Green Bo are fabulous!

      2. Noodletown--28 Bowery.

          1. re: haleyjen

            i LOVE the soup dumplings at shanghai cafe (100 mott). my husband and i sometimes develop cravings for them and hightail it down there...

            1. re: bustapoo

              I just got another recommend for this, too

          2. Can you go into each place and just order soup dumplings? This sounds like a fun activitiy.

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            1. re: Jel212

              Can you describe a soup dumpling for me? Is it a dumpling in broth, or a dumpling by itself? I've eaten tons of Chinese dumplings in the city, but now I'm hearing this term.

              1. re: brendastarlet

                Soup dumplings, called xiao long bao in Chinese, are small steamed buns that are filled with broth and meat. The soup comes from the small pieces of gelatinous or frozen broth that are mixed in with the meat fillings. The pieces melt when steamed, making each dumpling a little purse filled with soup. Yum.


                1. re: Gluttonous Prime

                  Interesting...glad someone asked. I was watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, Shanghai this week and he ate one and when he explained it (and I saw it) it's exactly as you described (and nothing like I originally thought).


            2. I went for soup dumplings last night to New Green Bo. I' think they are a very close second to Joes. New Green Bo's have more of the crab flavor coming through which I like, but as an overall package Joes has a richer broth. Next time I have the time and the appetite it would be fun to have get an order from each place.

              1. New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe - tastier and cheaper than Joe's.

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                1. re: windycity

                  I must concur. I've never had finer soup dumplings than New Yeah. Thin, almost delicate wrappers, and excellent crab and pork fillings. The plain pork is delcious too.

                  1. re: anhdeluxe

                    New Yeah for us too. We tried the dumplings at Green Bo and they were tough and rubbery. The soup was just water. No flavor at all.

                2. I used to love the soup dumplings at Joe Shanghai's, but I think the quality has really gone down. I love the soup dumplings at New Green Bo. The broth is more flavorful and has more body.

                  1. GOODY'S all the way!!

                    1. expensive and too trendie, but Chinatown Brasserie on lafayette does have a mean soup dumpling...rest of the food was just ok

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                      1. re: EJFood

                        Shanghai Cuisine has my favorite in the city

                      2. Shanghai Garden on 14 Elizabeth St. The rest of their food is very good too. Unfortunately they are shut down right now (hopefully it's just for renovations and they'll come back). One of my favorite places to eat!