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Have you ever been to a restaurant with dumplings on the menu and NOT ordered a plate or two for the table? A little impossible, right? Some are obviously better than others, so here is a look at some of the most delicious Chinese dumplings we ate recently, whether they are souped, steamed, cooked or fried, both new and classic, semi-fancy and certainly not. There are a ton of dumplings out there that will not fill you with anything but regret, but it’s not them.
As we enter the coldest part of winter, and with the sudden uncertainty of whether it might be safer to take another break from indoor dining, it’s not just a nicer option to order a meal delivered to your home via Grubhub than sitting outside at. a sidewalk table, it will not cause any Covid anxiety either. In addition, it’s a great way to support your favorite local place, or try a new place, during what seems to be another tough season for restaurants.
Public Village on the Lower East Side
Although the pandemic has not allowed Jia Song and chef Kiyomi Wang to fully realize their dream of making Public Village on Essex Street to a place to eat, drink, gossip and linger all night, that does not mean that a lot of excellent food does not come out of the kitchen here. Public Village first opened three days before closing in March 2020 and delivers a full menu of amazing Sichuan dishes, including a variety of noodles, some meaty or vegetable-based snacks and side dishes, and of course a beautiful bowl of chili oil dumplings, all chunky with pork and burning like hell. Get a great delivery of everything, and create a friendly community gathering (aka, sit and hang out with your friends) in your home!
Public Village is located at 23 Essex Street – order now
Super taste in Chinatown
This stretch of lower Eldridge Street is packed with old-fashioned Chinatown noodle shops and hidden gems, but the best is Fantastic button, who introduced NYC to Lanzhou hand-drawn noodles back in 2005 and feels like it’s been here much longer than its 16 years. The steamed pork and chive buns from here are amazing, especially after you pour the crispy chili oil on (a necessary spice for the home, in our opinion), but if you ever spot Super Taste Boiled Beef Dumplings on the menu, order with abandonment. They are the best in town.
Super Taste is located at 26 Eldridge Street – order now
Mimi Cheng’s in the East Village, Nolita and the Upper West Side
Cheng sisters Hannah and Marian pay tribute to their mother, Mimi, every day in this trio of semi-trendy, rock-solid dumpling shops. Everything at Mimi Chengs is made from scratch using long-standing family recipes and high-quality, carefully crafted ingredients, and it’s all delicious. We get the fried version of the dumpling that suits our mood – they make the crispy bottoms just as good as any other – which often ends up being the monthly special, a collaboration between Chengs and another local chef, like Peking Duck Melt Dumplings pictured above, or Emmy Burger, Chicken Satay or Buffalo Chicken. Add some Taiwanese Street-Cart Greens to your order and you suddenly have a balanced dumpling dinner in your home.
Mimi Cheng’s has locations in the East Village, Nolita and at UWS – order now
Shu Jiao Fu Zhou and Chinatown
Prices are so low in this simple place that newcomers tend to chuckle a little and whisper to each other when deciding what to order, as if they are getting away with something. And that’s after they raised all the prices a little while ago! Nevertheless, Shu Jiao Fu Zhou moved from their perennial corner on Eldridge Street to some slightly larger excavations down on the Grand, but everything is decent here and usually a lot better than what these ten wrinkled lovely, fat with pork and easy to consume. They are served without chili oil, in Fujian style, but when you order with Grubhub, you can always add whatever you want in your home.
Shu Jiao Fu Zhou is located at 295 Grand Street – order now
Real kung fu small steamed buns Ramen in Hell’s Kitchen
Real kung fu small steamed buns Ramen almost certainly wins the Hell’s Kitchen Longest Restaurant Name trophy, but luckily this very simple place on Eighth Avenue also makes a whole lot of extremely satisfying food. The namesake steamed buns or Xiao Long Bao (or soup buns) are amazing, just like any other buns, whether they are fried on the pan and stuffed with pork or steamed and stuffed with fish. The ramen is also a good feature here, though I prefer their neat and greasy stir-fry rendition over the more common broth noodle bowls. Get some Bubble Tea to add to the coziness of home. Note that there is also a ghost kitchen outpost in Midtown East, which expands the delivery area.
RKFLSBR is located at 811 Eighth Ave – order now
Bao and East Village
There is a long list of Chinese food-best hits on the menu at this popular, seven-year-old restaurant in the best party zone in St. Petersburg. Marks, and whether you eat here or get delivered to your home via Grubhub, almost everything will be as good as you need it when it is wolfed together with a few beers. But what does Bao a NYC dumpling star is Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao, or soup buns, both of which are a model of fine construction – they hang uncertainly when you pick them from the basket, but they do not break – and are exceptionally tasty. The soup inside is really the key here, a slightly sour broth that is worth enjoying. And remember, the privacy of your own home is a great place to practice your soup-dumpling-eating technique.
The Bao is located at 13 St. Marks Place – order now
Spicy Moon in East Village and Greenwich Village
East Village has one of the largest concentrations of first-class Chinese food restaurants in the city, specializing in almost every conceivable regional dish, but the only 100% vegan Sichuan place we know of is the large Spicy moon on East 6th Street, which opened about three years ago and continues to deliver all sorts of amazing, and often quite frantic, dishes from their psychedelic store. And they’re over on the west side now too! Order with confidence across the menu – the potent Dan Dan Nudler, Mapo Tofu, Kung Pao Mixed Vegetables, Salt and Pepper Eggplant are all winners – but no matter what, you should start your meal with these spicy steamed Vegetable Dumplings that pack a lot of flavor and textural intrigue into their chubby packages.
Spicy Moon has locations in East Village and Greenwich Village – order now
Shanghai Asian in Chinatown
For decades now, this narrow Elizabeth Street restaurant has been a gathering place for locals, coming for the warm, familiar surroundings, the expansive menu of homemade Shanghai classics, and to our point here what has been called the best soup dumplings in the city. These fancy-sounding black truffle soup dumplings are exactly like Shanghai Asian ordinary pork-like delicacies, but with just the right amount of mushroom on top to give it a funky kick. Order them, and then head to the city with the rest of the menu for a Shanghai party at home without having to hang out with strangers.
Shanghai Asian is located at 14A Elizabeth Street – order now
Milu and Nomad
Chef Connie Chung and her Milu co-founders, Vincent Chao and Milan Sekulio, dropped their careers in the fine-dining world (Eleven Madison Park, etc.) to open this decidedly effortless and absolutely delicious counter-service place in Gramercy. The menu at Milu is rooted in Chung’s rice bowls, topped with things like Mandarin Duck, a fiery Yunnan Brisket and Sichuan Spicy Cauliflower, but did not sleep on the unique Wonton here, filled with either pork and fennel or broccoli and mushrooms and generously sprinkled with a chili and ginger sauce .
And for dessert, be sure to also get a couple of Milus sweet, sour and juicy pineapple buns, which explode with vanilla cream from the first bite.
Milu is located at 333 Park Avenue South – order now
Noodle Village in Chinatown
Huge menu, generic decor, a bit chaotic atmosphere, tourists and locals to about the same extent … the decade old Noodle Village is a bit of a Chinatown cliché, which of course is not a bad thing at all. The regular dumplings here, either cooked or fried, are good, but the Wonton soup is excellent, and so are these Steam Crab soup dumplings, which contain a wealth of seafood flavors in their small, tidy packages. A solid go-to place on Mott Street, especially convenient if you’re in charge of a package out of town … and these days even better when ordered for delivery via Grubhub, for a cozy soup-dumpling night at home.
Noodle Village is located at 13 Mott Street – order now
New Yorkers can continue to support these institutions by exploring new places or ordering their favorite meals with Grubhub. And with the Grubhub guarantee, New Yorkers get their food delivered on time and at the lowest prices – guaranteed otherwise Grubhub does it right. If your delivery arrives late, you will receive a $ 5 discount on your next order, and if you find a lower price with a competitor, Grubhub will match the difference, plus you will receive a $ 5 discount on your next order. Consider supporting a neighborhood business and treat yourself to delicious food delivered right to your door!