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Sit-down dumpling restaurant?

pravit Jan 14, 2012 01:18 PM

Are there any dumpling restaurants in Manhattan where they bring the food out to you? The places I've been have all been really crowded take-out places with minimal seating (e.g. Prosperity Dumpling, Vanessa's Dumpling). I'm trying to find a NYC equivalent to Mother's Dumplings in Toronto. I miss that place.

  1. scoopG Jan 14, 2012 01:36 PM

    There's the Dumpling house on Mulberry (with 2-3 tables) , right across from Columbus Park as well as Fried Dumplings on Mosco, between Mulberry and Pell. At Fried Dumplings they have a small counter with 3-4 stools.

    Tasty Dumpling
    54 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

    Fried Dumpling
    106 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

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      small h Jan 14, 2012 01:48 PM

      How about Dim Sum Go Go? Plenty of dumplings to choose from, ample seating, and table service.

      1. chompchomp Jan 14, 2012 02:31 PM

        Super Taste is small, but has several tables; and the best dumplings in the city in my opinion.

        Super Taste
        26 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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        1. re: chompchomp
          foodmonk Jan 15, 2012 01:50 PM

          You can physically sit down in Super Taste, but I wouild say that the the decor and service is so basic that it barely qualifies for "sit-down" dining. The dumplings are great, though!

        2. Chandavkl Jan 14, 2012 10:38 PM

          None of the dumpling restaurants in Chinatown are of the sit-down ilk (and size) like Mother's Dumplings in Toronto Chinatown. Excellent Dumpling House on Lafayette is a sit down restaurant with dumplings, but is not nearly as dumpling centric as the name would imply. The closest thing I recall in Manhattan was Mahjong Dumplings on the UES (though it was kind of small) but their dumplings sucked and I think they're out of business. Sit down, waiter service dumpling restaurants are common in California, but that doesn't do you any good.

          Excellent Dumpling House
          111 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: Chandavkl
            mrnyc Jan 15, 2012 05:42 AM

            thats not true. DIM SUM GO GO is all sitdown and it arguably has the best and broadest selection of made to order dumplings in manhattan c-town.

            Dim Sum Go Go
            5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

            1. re: mrnyc
              Chandavkl Jan 15, 2012 10:41 AM

              Good point, though Dim Sum Go Go is nothing like Mother's Dumpling which essentially only serves dumplings, noodles and buns, similar to the non sitdown places in NY Chinatown like Vanessa's, Prosperity, etc.. Dim Sum Go Go' is primarily dim sum and entrees, though they do have a variety of dumplings, too. Same reason why Excellent Dumpling House is not an equivalent to Mother's Dumplings.

              1. re: Chandavkl
                mrnyc Jan 15, 2012 06:11 PM

                right. just next time take a deep breath before you make sweeping pronouncements as there are a lot of food spots in the chinatowns noone could possibly know them all even in any one of them and also quite often people that have that habit in their commentary will be mistaken.

                bonus for the op is the dumplings are better than VANESSAS , RICKSHAW, et al.

                1. re: mrnyc
                  Chandavkl Jan 15, 2012 08:15 PM

                  Well, the sweeping statement was that there's no equivalent to Mother's Dumplings in New York, i.e., fairly sizable, sit down, primarily dumpling menu, and I think that's still correct.

          2. prima Jan 14, 2012 11:00 PM

            Have you been to Joe's Shanghai? It's not getting the raves it received in the mid-90s, but my last meal at their midtown location last spring was decent. The midtown location is larger than Mother's Dumplings in TO. I haven't been to the Chinatown location in years, but I remember it being roughly the same size as the current Mother's Dumplings on Spadina in TO.

            I've mostly ordered xiao long bao (soup dumplings) at Joe's Shanghai, but I also tried some decent vegetable dumplings on my last visit to the midtown location. They also serve a green onion pancake quite similar to the one at Mother's Dumplings. http://www.joeshanghairestaurants.com/midtownmenu_eng.html#signature

            Boiled pork dumplings are on the Joe's Shanghai Chinatown location's menu: http://www.joeshanghairestaurants.com... Not sure how they compare to Mother's boiled pork dumplings.

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

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              Garlic Guy Jan 15, 2012 05:54 AM

              How about Rickshaw Dumpling House on 23rd Street? It has a good selection of good dumplings at a reasonable price, and has a decent number of tables to sit at. They don't actually have waiter service and therefore don't "bring the food out to you," but in my experience they're so fast that I'll usually still be at the fountain soda machine when my food is ready.

              Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
              61 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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              1. re: Garlic Guy
                Chandavkl Jan 15, 2012 10:42 AM

                Yeah, but the dumplings are terrible, so if you're going to forgo waiter service you might as well go to Prosperity or Vanessa's.

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

                Prosperity Dumpling
                46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: Chandavkl
                  dyrewolf Jan 15, 2012 11:26 AM

                  Maybe it is just me... but I thought Vanessa's dumplings were awful One of those situations where I was wondering what I didn't get considering the hype... all skin, crap fillings??? just not a fan of the genre I guess

                  Vanessa's Dumplings
                  220 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: Chandavkl
                    Garlic Guy Jan 15, 2012 12:19 PM

                    I like Rickshaw's dumplings. I'm not a fan of Prosperity's, and Vanessa's are pretty bad, but I've been very happy at Rickshaw.

                2. foodmonk Jan 15, 2012 01:52 PM

                  By dumplings, do you mean fried? Steamed? Soup dumplings? I had a good meal at 456 Restaurant on Mott St. that included soup dumplings that I was very happy with. It's definitely a sit-down type of place with an inviting interior, clean tables, full table service, etc.

                  456 Shanghai Cuisine
                  69 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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                    pravit Jan 15, 2012 04:07 PM

                    Thanks for the responses. At Mother's in Toronto they had all sorts of dumpling fillings and cooking styles - boiled, steamed, fried, etc. Mostly I'm just looking for northern-style boiled and fried dumplings like you can get at the takeout places. I just want a place to sit, eat dumplings off an actual plate, and drink some tea without having to fight people for a table. The last time I went to Vanessa's (Lower East Side one) I got up to get my order, leaving my coat and scarf on the chair, and by the time I got back some people had sat down at my table.

                    So I'm guessing the closest equivalent in NYC are Northern Chinese restaurants that have dumplings on the menu?

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

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                    1. re: pravit
                      small h Jan 15, 2012 04:16 PM

                      In addition to my earlier recommendation of Dim Sum Go Go, I will throw Nom Wah at you. Like DSGG, it's not limited to dumplings (and I think DSGG is better overall), but it's another option. With actual plates, and a long history to boot.


                      Dim Sum Go Go
                      5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

                      Nom Wah Tea Parlor
                      13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

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