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Jan 5, 2011 04:18 PM

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

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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  1. 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

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

        shout out to the tartalicious one!

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        1. re: alkapal

          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

          1. re: buttertart

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

            1. re: JungMann

              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.

              1. re: buttertart

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

                  1. re: scoopG

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

                    1. re: scoopG

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

                      Old Sichuan
                      65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

            2. 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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              1. re: scoopG

                Let's also not forget soup dumplings!

              2. 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.