Five-borough dumpling tour
Five boroughs. Five cuisines. One day. A friend and I are on a mission.
Taking suggestions for all manner of dumplings (defined loosely as dough wrapped around stuff and boiled/steamed/fried): gyoza, pierogi, empanadas, samosas, ravioli, etc. Ideas for the Bronx (bonus points for Riverdale) and Staten Island particularly welcome.
What do you recommend?
Upscale Asian (take out) Eton
Cheap Asian Kai Feng Fu
Russian: Get a Ponchik from any grocery window or cart on Brighton Beach Ave. or at M & I International (they should also have Pelmeni
Polish: Theresa's or you can probably do better in Greenpoint, but I don't have any specific suggestions. Search the OB board for pirogi
Tibetan momos: Top Café Tibet
80 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Kai Feng Fu
4801 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
M&I International Food
249 Brighton Beach Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
205 Sackett St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
1510 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Holly cow, I'm so glad someone mentioned this place! It's pretty new still I think. It's a tea house but they have the most amazing dumplings ever.
The pork ones are naturally juicy, and of good quality! I mean the cheap ones in Chinatown are good, but I always spit out a piece of pork or two, and...I know many of you has experience...the "dumpling farts"...yep those are brutal. I have to say...not only do I not get "dumpling farts" from this place...but the pork is very tender and never had to spit out a fatty or chewy piece.
The highlight are the veggie dumps for sure. I've never had a good homemade veggie dumpling before...until now. Usually they're always too dry or salty. These have bok choy, unbelievable.
Anyways, I'm glad they're still pretty new which means it's not totally packed and I can always getta a seat =)
And the winners were (after a lot of research on Chowhound and beyond...):
Bronx: Pupusas at La Orquidea
Manhattan: Kreplach soup at Lansky's on the Upper West Side
Queens: Wontons from White Bear in Flushing
Brooklyn: Pierogi at Karczma in Greenpoint
Staten Island: Spinach ravioli in walnut sauce at Trattoria Romana near the Old Town train stop
We pulled it off in 14 hours with a lot of coffee, followed by quite a bit of beer and wine.
Sifu Chiu has the best Hong Kong style dumplings and fried wontons. 40th Ave at Prince St, Flushing.
Follow up: We did a Manhattan-only crawl in June and it was equally fun. You could argue that we interpreted "dumpling" too loosely, but we hit a taqueria in Spanish Harlem for tamales (and the tamale cart lady during our research expedition); Uskudar, a Turkish place on the UES, for manti (the collective favorite of the dozen dumplingites); Curry in a Hurry for samosas in Murray Hill (next time we'll probably go for Tibetan); pierogi at Veselka; and finishing off at Dim Sum Go Go on East Broadway. The last place I like for its consistency and for the ability to order by menu -- convenient when some folks with shellfish allergies were in the group. It was about 8 hours, start to finish, and incredibly fun.
Fried Dumpling @ 106 Mosco Street. Mosco St. is a short, steep street between Mulberry and Mott St.'s in Chinatown, within view of the park, not far from Chatham square. The pork and chinese chive dumplings are handmade in the wee store ( my Mom's kitchen is bigger). They are fried on one side while they steam. On the counter with 4/5 stools is a watered down soy/vinegar spritz and hot sauce. I would rate them a 7 out of ten. But get this. For college students on a budget.(or anyone:) ) or anyone that would just like to try em, they are only 5 for a dollar cooked. The female owner has all the charm of an ornery steer with an impacted tooth. But atmosphere and hostess with mostess flair are not the place's strong points. Freshly made and quite tasty, thin cocooned dumplings at a terrific price are. Stay safe and bon appetit, phil <-----L<<<
106 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013