When people think of Asian cuisine, one of the first dishes that comes to mind are dumplings. Yes, these cute, dough-wrapped delights are mouthwateringly delicious but, within this broad category, there are so many variations: Japan has gyoza, China has xiaolongbao, and Korea has mandu. Rather than eating the standard pan-fried dumplings with soy sauce, switch it up by exploring these variations of flavorsome dumplings that NYC’s Asian dining scene has to offer:
“We are what we eat, so let’s eat real food”. Using their mother’s age-old recipe with a modern twist, Hannah and Marian Cheng bring delicious and healthy dumplings to the East Village at their joint, Mimi Cheng’s. Pick your preference on how you would like them cooked: pan-fried, boiled, or steamed – don’t forget to top the dumplings with their secret sauce!
179 2nd Ave New York, NY 10003
Step aside McDonald’s. When it comes to dumplings, it does not get cheaper than Prosperity Dumpling, a teeny tiny storefront located in the heart of Chinatown. Just $1 will get you five pork and chive nuggets! Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, you will quickly bid farewell to your McNuggets. Eat more, pay less, and prosper.
46 Eldridge St New York, NY 10002
In need of a late night snack? Hidden within an office building on the edge of Koreatown, Soju Haus is a hot spot for all things Korean. Served in a sizzling skillet, these pan-fried dumplings are topped with just the perfect amount of hot sauce. Don’t be fooled by their flat demeanor – these pockets of heaven are filled to the brim.
315 5th Ave Floor #2 New York, NY 10016
A quintessential dumpling in China is the infamous soup dumpling, also known as xiaolongbao or “XLB”. Filled with juicy meat and a hearty broth, these steamed delicacies are devoured with black vinegar and ginger. The Bao, located in the heart of the East Village, is the perfect pit stop to carb up before a night out. There’s a special technique to eating these masterpieces – don’t worry, practice makes perfect.
13 St Marks Pl New York, NY 10003
Step aside, sushi, gyoza is in town. Identified by their thin skin, crunchy “skirt”, and soft and chewy tops, these Japanese pot-stickers hold their own ground. Ganso‘s house-made pork, garlic, and chive-filled gyoza are packed with flavor and are definitely worth the trip to Brooklyn!
25 Bond St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
‘Spicy’ is not a typical adjective that comes to mind when people think of dumplings…unless you’re at Xi’an Famous Foods. Their popular Spicy & Sour Lamb Dumplings will most definitely fire up your taste buds with layers of flavor and heat. This numbing spice will keep you coming back for more. Make sure to have a glass of water (or multiple) at hand.
67 Bayard St New York, NY 10013