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.