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Awesome dumplings near Union square/chinatown

Indirect Heat Oct 3, 2010 05:28 PM

Looking for fantastic dumplings. We are staying near Union Square, and don't want to travel too far.

Thanks in advance.

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    OldTimer RE: Indirect Heat Oct 3, 2010 05:32 PM

    You might want to clarify what you mean by "dumplings".

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      Indirect Heat RE: OldTimer Oct 3, 2010 05:53 PM

      Chinese dumplings. Potstickers. Meaty-doughy-goodness.

      1. re: Indirect Heat
        bbulkow RE: Indirect Heat Oct 9, 2010 09:44 AM

        I'm sure it's too late, but the reference was to this long thread about the difference between NY style "soup dumplings" and true XLB. Buried in the thread are the usual suspects for XLB.


        1. re: Indirect Heat
          PeterL RE: Indirect Heat Oct 9, 2010 02:48 PM

          Chinese dumplings come in many variations. If you are looking for potstickers, you may want to check out some of the dim sum places in Chinatown near Union Square. Or maybe R&G Lounge, just off Chinatown. I can't tell you if any of them are "fantastic" or not.

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        chickenluv RE: Indirect Heat Oct 7, 2010 03:53 PM

        try Yank Sing for dim sum:
        I've been to the one at Rincon Center, but there is another at Stevenson St. that is closer to Union Square.

        Don't know if they qualify as "fantastic", but definitely good.

        Yank Sing
        49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

        1. alanbarnes RE: Indirect Heat Oct 9, 2010 09:49 AM

          The xiao long bao at Bund Shanghai are pretty good. Yank Sing's a good recommendation. For more budget-oriented dim sum, Great Eastern and Gold Mountain are also decent. And You's has dirt cheap takeout dim sum.

          Great Eastern Restaurant
          649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Gold Mountain Restaurant
          644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Yank Sing
          49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

          You's Dim Sum
          675 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Bund Shanghai
          640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA

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            shanghaikid RE: alanbarnes Oct 9, 2010 03:04 PM

            2nd xlb at bung shanghai.

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              c oliver RE: shanghaikid Oct 9, 2010 05:01 PM

              +3. We had two orders as our lunch a while back. That was AFTER having dim sum for breakfast!

              I don't dislike potstickers at all but when I go for dim sum, there are always so many other kinds of dumplings that I don't think I've ever had potstickers.

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                c oliver RE: c oliver Oct 9, 2010 05:04 PM

                Here's a picture of the XLB at Bund Shanghai.

                Bund Shanghai
                640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA

                1. re: c oliver
                  Indirect Heat RE: c oliver Oct 9, 2010 09:07 PM

                  Oh, I cry. We're already back in San Diego. However, we will definitely get there the next time we're in SF. (We're in the Bay Area a couple times a year).


                  1. re: Indirect Heat
                    PeterL RE: Indirect Heat Oct 9, 2010 10:14 PM

                    You are much closer to great XLB than coming all the way to SF. Los Angeles has many choices for great XLB and other Chinese dumplings.

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                      Chandavkl RE: Indirect Heat Oct 11, 2010 08:58 AM

                      If you're looking for the type of dumplings that you get at numerous San Gabriel Valley dumpling restaurants, you're out of luck. SF Chinatown restaurants are probably 95 percent Cantonese and you'll be lucky to find one dumpling item on most of their menus. Even The Pot Sticker now appears to only have one dumpling variety, a spicy dumpling on its new menu.

                      Pot Sticker
                      150 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

                      1. re: Chandavkl
                        david kaplan RE: Chandavkl Oct 11, 2010 11:18 AM

                        If it's Beijing-style doughy dumplings the OP is after, Kingdom of Dumplings at Taraval & 27th Avenue is a good option. Not close to Union Square/Chinatown, but accessible by public transport (L-Taraval MUNI line). All depends how far one wants to travel for dumplings.

                        Kingdom of Dumpling
                        1713 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA

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              ML8000 RE: Indirect Heat Oct 9, 2010 10:47 AM

              U-Lee at Jackson and Hyde has pot stickers that people have liked for a long time. Small, hole-in-the-wall neighborhood place that's at a Cable Car. If you're around there I'd stop but wouldn't make it a trip.

              U-Lee Restaurant
              1468 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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