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Vanessa's Dumpling House
Posted by Lindsey on 05/10/2009
8 of us went there last night. The food was phenomenal! We each had the pork and chives fried dumplings and a few of us got the wonton soup. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and authentic! This place is the best!
Posted by sa on 03/06/2009
recently they expanded to have seating and i think that was a great idea. the food is phenomenal. ive probably had more than 75% of the menu. their soups are authentic and delicious. the sesame pancakes are aweseome and so affordable. dumplings are the best in town. the beef noodles soups are delicious too. and now they started to sell wakame salad in little plastic food boxes. with spicy cucumbers and also kimchi. the wakame salad is AMAZING! i dont know what they put in there but theres an addiction once you eat it you will want more and more each week! i ate a HUGEEE feast here basically and cost me $10. no tip necessary beacuse its self serve. you order, pay, get a receipt and wait to pickup your food. once u get your food u can look for a seat, or if you were smart, have already found a seat. this place is a hidden gem!
Posted by EtiquetteDiva on 12/15/2008
I took 10 people here. There were barely enough seats, but once everyone cleared out, we took the place over! The servers were very helpful and their recommendations were the best...of course! I recommend the fried pork dumplings and any of the pancakes. If you are on a budget, don't miss this place. Four dumplings were about $4. And they were filling. Enjoy!
Posted by FoodLovers on 09/06/2008
The dumplings here are excellent! The restaurant has expanded the menu after its renovation, and now they serve more varieties of authentic Chinese food! My husband and I had lunch there for less than $10, and we were stuffed! We can't wait to go back. Highly recommended!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/16/2008
The dumplings in this establishment is pretty good. You would think they would bve better since that is their specialty. The only thing that was really outstanding was the sesame pancakes. The only service is the lady at the counter who takes your order and she seemed a tad grouchy. The atmosphere also is nothing special. However, the food is so cheap that it is worth a visit. My wife and I ate until we were stuffed and our tab was $12. It is really hard to complain with those prices.
Posted by robotronik on 08/13/2008
I see a lot of complaints here about a raise in price- but come on now- the prices went up a couple quarters. Now is costs $3 instead of $2.50 for a meal. Still one of the best bargains around! The place is busier now- I also liked the atmosphere more before the expansion but Vanessa's Dumplings is becoming a success story and I think we should all be proud and not so dismissive of the raised prices and smaller portions. I am not offended that they are trying to make a profit off of their success. More power to her. It's not like they cost $1 per dumpling like they do uptown. There are other cheaper dumpling places nearby if you'd like to boycott, but Vanessa's stay open late and if you don't stray from the pork dumplings and sesame pancakes you won't be disappointed for what you are paying!
Posted by Tim on 05/17/2008
I was a huge fan of this place before its renovation. Two dollars bought ten of the best dumplings I've ever tasted. I raved about this place to all my friends and practically begged my sister to come down from the Bronx to give it a try. Tonight I went for the first time since it moved to a much bigger space next to the original restaurant. I was slightly disappointed to see that the price had gone up slightly (to $2.50, if I remember correctly) but that they were now only giving eight dumplings. So, they're charging more money for fewer dumplings. It's still a good value, and I understand that prices can't stay the same forever, but I would rather they either increased the prices or decreased the portions, not both. Still, I knew I'd get over it as soon as I started eating. Unfortunately, the dumpling recipe has clearly changed, and the new ones aren't even close to the quality of the original. The dumplings are actually almost tasteless, and not even as good as the dumplings at any of the various Chinese restaurants in my (decidedly non-Asian) neighborhood in Midtown. The place that used to sell the best dumplings in Manhattan now can't even compete with the likes of Mee Noodle. I won't be going back.