Ohhhh those dumplings, we love them so. I can literally eat them every day. Lucky for me, I live in New York City, where the variety of dumplings seems never ending. I’m forever on a hunt for new ones, different ones, classic ones from new places, whatever I can find, I will try it. Below you will find a few spots that have served my latest favorites, and I recommend you try them if you happen to be in the neighborhood!
You kind of have to go to Chinatown at some point to get a great dumpling, it’s the right thing to do. Here, authenticity is king, and the atmosphere is unparalleled. My favorite dumpling is served at 456 Shanghai on Mott Street, in the heart of Chinatown. No fanfares here, just good traditional Chinese food with friendly service, great prices, and huge portions. My absolute favorite here is (of course) the traditional Pan Fried Pork Dumpling. You’ll get 8 for under 6 dollars, which is a steal. They’re huge and delicious.
Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan is a straight up Dim Sum spot with locations ins Hell’s Kitchen and the East Village. This place originated in China, with their flagship restaurant in Hong Kong leading the way, having won a Michelin Star. I pretty much love everything on their menu, but their Har Gow (steamed shrimp dumplings) are on top of my list. They are a must if you happen to visit, or even if you order out. Fresh and delicous.
Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings has three locations (East Village, West Village, and Upper West Side). Because we all need access to this deliciousness. Besides the traditional dumplings, you can always something a bit different here, especially their Dumping of the Month, which will be guaranteed something you will have never tried. I went during the Covid times, because sit down dinners weren’t really happening, and I needed something good to eat. I ended up with their Cacio E Pepe dumplings, which were so unusual, and yet so yummy! Make sure you check to their monthly special!
Auntie Guan’s Kitchen
Even though Auntie Guan’s restaurant is located on West 14th Street, you will feel transported to Chinatown upon entering. The vibe is authentic, the food delicous, the prices are excellent. Besides all the works we enjoy, they of course serve amazing dumplings. My favorite here is the Steamed Pickled Cabbage dumping with pork. Absolutely scrumptious.
Stick To My Pot
Last, but not least, there is Stick To My Pot in Midtown, which reportedly serves the biggest dumplings in New York. It’s a little takeout place, with a few bar height seats along the wall, it’s clean and modern. The menu is short and sweet. My favorite here is their classic dumpling with pork, shrimp and Napa cabbage. Totally delish, and yes, they are pretty big!!