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I would love to do a "Dumpling Crawl" through Chinatown but have no idea where to go or where to start

hungryinmanhattan Jan 5, 2011 04:18 PM

I have no idea where to go or where to start. Can anyone suggest a route to take and where to eat? I have read many of the postings. Are many of these dumpling spots in the same general neighborhood? Would a dumpling crawl to hit a bunch of them be feasible? I am open to sampling other items that are along the route if suggested!

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    boccalupo RE: hungryinmanhattan Jan 5, 2011 05:07 PM

    Prosperity Dumpling and Vanessa's Dumpling House both on Eldridge St. would be a good place to start. I also like the boiled dumplings at the hand pulled noodle shop at Lan Zhou Handmade Noodles on 144 East Broadway.

    Vanessa's Dumpling House
    118 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

    Prosperity Dumpling
    46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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      small h RE: hungryinmanhattan Jan 5, 2011 05:28 PM

      I second boccalupo's suggestion of Vanessa's (haven't been to Prosperity or Lan Zhou), and add Dim Sum Go Go, which has a wide selection. And if you're sick of dumplings by the time you get to the foot of E. B'way, try the the shrimp rice roll, as it is excellent.


      1. alkapal RE: hungryinmanhattan Jan 5, 2011 05:36 PM

        buttertart should know this info like the back of her hand.....

        shout out to the tartalicious one!

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          buttertart RE: alkapal Jan 6, 2011 04:59 AM

          The sheng jian bao with chicken filling at the Old Sichuan on Bayard between Mott and Elizabeth are not to be missed - they're a Shanghai specialty (the owners are Shanghainese) and these are the best to be found in the city - small, raised-dough buns, fried on one side like proper guo tie fried dumplings, juicy inside, served sprinkled with sesame seeds and sliced green onions with black vinegar on the side. Wish I had some RIGHT NOW!!! They reheat beautifully as well.
          Their soup dumplings can be super and can be pretty ordinary, they're dependable but not inspired.
          Love dumplings but am not a real dumpling maven...I'm leaving that to sccopG!

          Old Sichuan
          65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

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            JungMann RE: buttertart Jan 6, 2011 07:40 AM

            Is there somewhere else you would recommend if one wanted to get frozen shengjianbao?

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              buttertart RE: JungMann Jan 6, 2011 07:55 AM

              I haven't seen them packaged. But haven't really looked, usually just buy shao bing (thinking I should make my own, the frozen ones are only a convenience) and cong you bing (same thoughts on the matter) frozen (lack of freezer space for dumpligs). It'd be beyond great (w ref to your Beijing dumpling thread) if you could get Beijing da bao frozen, especially the one with the beef and dill filling.

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                scoopG RE: buttertart Jan 6, 2011 08:12 AM

                I've not had the ones at Old Sichuan yet but Deluxe Supermarket on Elizabeth sells them fresh.

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                  buttertart RE: scoopG Jan 6, 2011 08:17 AM

                  Good to know, thanks.

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                    c oliver RE: scoopG Feb 27, 2011 05:57 PM

                    I LOVE that market!!! We always go there when we're in NYC.

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                      sockster RE: scoopG Feb 28, 2011 07:16 AM

                      Old Sichuan dumplings we just ok- we were there Saturday!!

                      Old Sichuan
                      65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

            2. scoopG RE: hungryinmanhattan Jan 5, 2011 06:06 PM

              Chinese Dumplings? Let us count the ways: boiled, steamed or pan-fried. Which type are you looking for?

              Prosperity on Eldridge is numero uno for pan-fried (Guo Tie.) Vanessa's? A notch below. But Vanessa's is not far from Prosperity - further north on Eldridge; so you could do your own immediate taste-test.

              There's another joint on Mulberry (Tasty Dumplings? Between Mulberry and Mosco) and Fried Dumpling on Mosco, between Mulberry and Mott. I think the chap on Allen shut down.

              Fried Dumpling
              106 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

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                kathryn RE: scoopG Jan 5, 2011 08:59 PM

                Let's also not forget soup dumplings!

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                sugartoof RE: hungryinmanhattan Jan 5, 2011 06:30 PM

                Start at Vanessa's. It's a safe intro into the world of cheap dumplings, and is clean with some seating.

                I'd suggest straying beyond the cheapest dumplings, which aren't their best offering. The best thing I've had there isn't the dumplings though, it's the vegetarian sesame pancake.

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                  rschwim RE: hungryinmanhattan Jan 5, 2011 08:38 PM

                  I like the dumplings at Super Taste (also Eldridge right below Canal on the east side of the street) a lot

                  Super Taste
                  26 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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                    chompchomp RE: rschwim Jan 6, 2011 06:02 AM

                    I second that emotion. Their dumplings are fantastic -- better than their soup even!

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                      ESNY RE: chompchomp Jan 6, 2011 06:11 AM

                      Thirded. My "normal" meal is a stop at Prosperity for an order of pan fried pork/chive dumplings. Then walk down Eldridge for a block to Super Taste for the dumplings and a spicy beef hand pulled noodle soup. Then depending if i'm still hungry, I may go back to Prosperity for another order of the fried dumplings for "dessert".

                      Super Taste
                      26 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

                  2. Miss Needle RE: hungryinmanhattan Jan 5, 2011 08:50 PM

                    If you need some sweet to balance out all that savory, Panade on Eldridge Street has cream puffs. And if you're in the mood for some more savory, they've got a selection of sandwiches made with pate a choux.

                    129 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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                      c oliver RE: Miss Needle Feb 27, 2011 05:59 PM

                      Is that Chinese?????? Not that I'm quibbling you understand :)

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                        Miss Needle RE: c oliver Feb 28, 2011 06:39 AM

                        Ha! No, but the owner is of Chinese descent if that matters. : )

                        Actually, some Chinese bakeries do carry cream puffs. So you can make it fit into that theme.

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                      AubWah RE: hungryinmanhattan Jan 6, 2011 02:53 AM

                      If we are talking fried dumpling you will not find a better quality\price ratio than ayt Prosperity Dumpling. Just keep your nose clean on Eldridge

                      Prosperity Dumpling
                      46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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                        BillyBob RE: AubWah Jan 6, 2011 06:22 AM

                        Vanessa's is terrible compared to Prosperity. Also that greasy place on Mosco is the worst of the bunch. The place on Mulberry (Tasty Dumpling) sits in the middle for us. I totally agree with the recommendation for noodles at Lan Zhou but would also add that my whole family likes their fried dumplings better even than Prosperity - they rate the tops for us for fried dumplings. We like the soups at Super Taste but our preferences for dumplings are for the fried variety so we don't go there for dumplings. For a dumpling crawl, I would go to Lan Zhou first and have fried dumplings and an order of pork chop noodle soup, followed by Prosperity and then Shanghai Cafe for soup dumplings. Then, if you want more soup dumplings I would go to Nice Green Bo on Bayard then Shanghai Ciusine on Bayard and Mulberry and then the place down around the corner on Mulberry (Tasty Dumpling) for another hit of the fried variety. Then, if it is not too much, I would go to Joe's Shanghai for soup dumplings to compare to Shanghai Cafe. Joe's is somewhat reviled on the board - but I think going there is good for comparison. Also, if you want a respite from dumplings, after Prosperity but before Shanghai Cafe I would go to X'ian Famouse foods (88 East Broadway) for a lamb burger to go - eating on the way to Shanghai Cafe. But, I'm a pig

                        Joe's Shanghai
                        24 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                        Nice Green Bo
                        66 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

                        Super Taste
                        26 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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                        La Mavenette RE: hungryinmanhattan Jan 6, 2011 06:28 AM

                        Take the Foods of New York Chinatown tour. Mondays only. No guessing, just fressing! AND THE BEST!


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                          hungryinmanhattan RE: La Mavenette Jan 6, 2011 02:16 PM

                          You hounds are the best. I am so grateful for ALL the suggestions. I absolutely want to also try noodles and pancakes and everything else you suggested! I have never had a lamb burger! As for whether the dumplings are fried or steamed or soup dumplings, I was welcoming your suggestions for the best type for the specific places, which you have kindly supplied. This is going to be so much fun! Keep the suggestions coming!

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                            rschwim RE: hungryinmanhattan Jan 6, 2011 03:09 PM

                            As BillyBob mentioned regarding my Super Taste dumpling reference, they are boiled, not fried. The sauce is different than most and it's a great combination--The dumpling skins are pretty elegant, too...

                            Super Taste
                            26 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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                          drg2129 RE: hungryinmanhattan Feb 27, 2011 05:36 PM

                          So tonight my mother and I went to 3 dumpling joints:
                          1. Lan Zhou (144 East Broadway)
                          2. Prosperity Dumpling (Eldridge St)
                          3. Tasty Dumpling (Mulberry)

                          By far and way, Lan Zhou was the best. No challenge. Prosperity was significantly better than Tasty, which was flabby and underwhelming. But Lan Zhou was #1. In fact, I would say they were the best dumplings I've EVER had, and I am pretty passionate about dumplings. The skins are thin and tender, the pork is juicy, the chives are crunchy. We didn't even bother with soy sauce - they didn't need it.

                          Oh, also the sesame pancake at Prosperity rocked.

                          Tasty Dumpling
                          54 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

                          Prosperity Dumpling
                          46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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                            c oliver RE: drg2129 Feb 27, 2011 06:01 PM

                            What kind of dumpling did you have? Please.

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                              Silverjay RE: drg2129 Feb 27, 2011 06:26 PM

                              We usually buy $8 bags of 50 frozen ones from Lan Zhou and steam them at home. AFAIK, they only make one type- pork/chive, either steamed or fried.

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