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sourgirl Feb 21, 2010 02:21 PM

In the last few years I've eaten my way around New York in search of good vegetarian dumplings. I've had a few decent ones, but none come close to the kind found in Taiwan or mainland China. All the ones i've tried here have chunky, bland filling, with really thick wrappers. Surely there must be some truly outstanding vegetarian dumplings in this great city??? I've tried the dumplings at Ollie's, New Green Bo, Vanessa's, Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, Prosperity Dumpling, Sammy's Noodle Shop, Rohm, Spice, and some other places I can't remember. Help, please! I'm getting desperate!

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    small h RE: sourgirl Feb 21, 2010 02:25 PM

    You might want to give your post a more descriptive title, and also note where you've already been. That said, I like Dim Sum Go Go. Chinatown Brasserie is good also, but expensive.

    1. smokeandapancake RE: sourgirl Feb 21, 2010 02:26 PM

      have you even been to fried dumpling? not translucent paper thin wrappers, but damn good..

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        sourgirl RE: smokeandapancake Feb 21, 2010 02:30 PM

        thanks -- I've tried the dumplings at Ollie's, New Green Bo, Vanessa's, Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, Prosperity Dumpling, Sammy's Noodle Shop, Rohm, Spice, and some other places I can't remember.

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          smokeandapancake RE: sourgirl Feb 21, 2010 02:34 PM

          rickshaw is awful...prosperity i love as well as vanessa's....you didnt like them? i actually have vanessa's in my freezer now..dinner!

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          LeahBaila RE: smokeandapancake Feb 22, 2010 05:24 AM

          Didn't Fried Dumpling recently close?


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            Chandavkl RE: LeahBaila Feb 22, 2010 09:51 AM

            Fried Dumpling on Allen closed. Fried Dumpling on Mosco is still there, but I don't recall their having vegetarian dumplings.

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              Stuartmc910 RE: Chandavkl Feb 26, 2010 10:46 AM

              Fried Dumpling on Mosco HAS veggie dumplings, maybe just frozen as I only get them that way (frozen). 50 for $10 and they're delish!!! We take them home and fry them and yummy.

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          fourunder RE: sourgirl Feb 21, 2010 02:58 PM

          I've heard Dumpling Man is pretty good for Vegetable dumplings.


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            windycity RE: fourunder Feb 25, 2010 05:42 PM

            I went to Dumpling Man 3 years ago and never returned. I disliked all of the flavors that I tried intensely including the vegetarian.

            Dim Sum Go Go has some great vegetarian dumplings including the snow pea one.

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              fourunder RE: windycity Feb 26, 2010 05:36 AM

              When you say you did not like the flavors, do you mean the seasonings or the protein and vegetable combinations? Personally, I generally stick to pork and or shrimp offerings. I never order vegetable dumplings myself, but will when out with company. Concerning the seasonings, they use ginger, chives and scallions with soy sauce and or sesame oil as the basic seasonings...pretty traditional. With regards to the vegetable, they used two kinds tofu, one regular and another smoked.....it's possibly the latter that didn't sit well with you.

              I can completely understand your feelings though....I have commented on the same about Dim Sum Go Go....Some Dim Sum are very good and others simply don't work for me. I like the concepts of both Dumpling Man and Dim Sum Go Go......but I'm perfectly happy going to Prosperity for my pork dumpling fix.... and Jing Fong or Oriental Garden for my dim sum fix.

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            mirandabrooklyn RE: sourgirl Feb 21, 2010 04:28 PM

            Dim Sum a Go Go - must have pan fried pork dumplings, and the duck dumplings are amazing!!
            But if you go, be sure to have baked pork buns, they sell out by 4PM In fact they sell out of many things...
            And best entree: ginger beef! Best anywhere.

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              small h RE: mirandabrooklyn Feb 21, 2010 04:56 PM

              The OP is looking for vegetarian dumplings.

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                boccalupo RE: mirandabrooklyn Feb 21, 2010 07:54 PM

                Dim Sum Go Go also has a wide variety of vegetarian options. There are like 10 vegetable dumplings on the menu. I liked one I tried a lot. I think it may have been the snow pea leaf dumplings.

              2. CantStopEating RE: sourgirl Feb 21, 2010 08:20 PM

                Have you ever tried Shanghai Cafe in Chinatown? I go there specifically for their vegetable dumplings and a beer. I'm a meat eater and I don't miss it one bit when I have there dumplings.


                1. Chandavkl RE: sourgirl Feb 22, 2010 10:54 AM

                  Vegetarian Dim Sum House on Pell St. has a terrific snow pea leaf dumpling.

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                    sourgirl RE: sourgirl Feb 23, 2010 01:18 PM

                    thanks for all the suggestions! Can't wait to start eating. Just wondering - have any of you ever had the vegetarian dumplings at Din Tai Fung, at any of their locations in Asia? Those have ruined me for all others!!!

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                      foodismylife RE: sourgirl Feb 23, 2010 01:25 PM

                      Chinatown Brasserie has nice choices much more expensive than Chinatowns but well worth it
                      dont and i repeat dont eat anything else besides the dim sum
                      the most ordinary entrees ever and skip the desserts

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                        Chandavkl RE: foodismylife Feb 23, 2010 01:48 PM

                        The question is what will happen to Chinatown Brasserie's dim sum when Joe Ng leaves to open the other restaurant this summer and Chinatown Brasserie gets kicked downstairs into the lounge area. I'm thinking the new place will be the go-to place.

                      2. JungMann RE: sourgirl Feb 26, 2010 06:02 AM

                        I rather like the taro and cilantro dumplings at Red Egg, though might prefer the plain cilantro if you don't like chunky filling.

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                          bigjeff RE: JungMann Feb 26, 2010 11:04 AM

                          those are pretty unique, yup, never had those elsewhere and I really like them.

                        2. bigjeff RE: sourgirl Feb 26, 2010 11:06 AM

                          wonder if a korean place will give you better results. not mandoo bar but maybe Hyo Dang Gak or another korean-chinese place. the korean-style usually has good vegetables and vermicelli in them. I recall seeing them on the menu of the second-floor "fountain" dumplings at Flushing Mall but I never ordered them.

                          wondering also about some of the Golden Mall dumpling specialists as well.

                          1. MVNYC RE: sourgirl Feb 26, 2010 11:18 AM

                            Edit--Tasty Dumplings is the name of the place. As a side note I like their sesame pancakes with beef as a cheap snack. Their wontons are nice too.

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                              Huck Flynn RE: sourgirl Feb 26, 2010 01:58 PM

                              Good place in K-Town (32 and Broadway), place is called Mandoo, it is actually a Korean dumpling place. Many kinds, the kimchee are tasty and you can choose between fry or steam.

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                                uwsister RE: Huck Flynn Feb 28, 2010 04:46 AM

                                Yeah, Mandoo Bar is worth a try. I actually think their entrees (i.e. bibimbap) are better than their dumplings, but they do have a variety of them and I remember them having good veg dumplings.

                              2. Little Cupcake RE: sourgirl Feb 26, 2010 03:02 PM

                                Shanghai Cuisine on 89 Bayard.

                                ETA: the french onion soup dumplings at Stanton Social

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                                  small h RE: Little Cupcake Feb 26, 2010 03:13 PM

                                  The Stanton Social dumplings aren't vegetarian - they're made with meat stock.

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                                    Little Cupcake RE: small h Feb 27, 2010 10:11 AM

                                    Oops. Good point. :-)

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                                  nativeNYer RE: sourgirl Feb 28, 2010 09:43 AM

                                  I'm a dumpling-crazed lunatic, but mostly meat dumplings. Did two tours in Chinatown, and have tried countless other places throughout Manhattan for more than 10 yrs. My current favorite, believe it or not, is at China Fun on Columbus near W72nd. They are plump and juicy, and the coating is incredible. Can't really explain it but you just have to try these. Yes, they are more expensive but they are made fresh (takes 10-15 minutes to make) and they are so good. I would imagine the veggie dumplings would be amazing as well, and my very picky friend raves about the shrimp dumplings there. I've also tried Mandoo which I like but they put a few more scallions (??) inside than I like.

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                                    peterdors RE: sourgirl Feb 24, 2013 09:07 AM

                                    Chinese dive - Great NY Noodletown you probably already know the place corner of Bayard & Bowery - they make the best vegetarian dumpling I've ever had. This is not a dumpling restaurant, all the food is very authentic, not Americanized, and delicious. Enjoy!

                                    1. willscarlett RE: sourgirl Feb 24, 2013 10:25 AM

                                      I also vote for Mandoo Bar on East 32nd. I've had the seafood dumplings, meat dumplings and kimchi dumplings. All really yummy! There's also Prosperity Dumpling, with two locations. The dumplings there aren't bad and quite inexpensive - 10 for $2 for 50 for $9. They're also freshly made when you order. Not as good as Mandoo Bar. Haven't had dumplings elsewhere tho.

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