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Posted by AJ on 05/04/2011
I got the sesame chicken. It was 90% fried batter with something that resembled chunks of fatty chicken inside. It was bathing in a bright red swimming pool of a sauce like a sweet and sour soupy syrup.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/28/2011
I was looking for a great Chinese lunch and dinner place and now I have found it!Thank you for the great food!
Posted by M Marks The Spot on 01/05/2011
Normally I make fun of restaurants with names that sound more like an accolade than a place for food. However, I couldn’t have named the Excellent Dumpling House better myself. We were a starving, hungover and [slightly] impatient group wandering [aimlessly] from restaurant to restaurant the day after New Years Eve (wait it gets worse…) in Chinatown. Thankfully our friend semi guided us/semi meandered us blindly toward the Excellent Dumpling House. Think: hole in the wall, fast service, limited seating, absurdly cheap prices and delicious delicious dumplings. This isn’t exactly where you want to take a first date (if so, remind me to never set you up with my friends) but it is a great place for brunch with a few hungover and carb-starved friends. Dumplings are as cheap as $4 for plates of 8 so go wild and order a few different kinds – I like the chicken and vegetable ones the best as well as the wonton soup (a massive bowl filled with delicious broth, cabbage and about six to eight wontons for $4.95 – no joke). Absolutely do not miss the scallion pancakes and the pork buns! The Chinese are not exactly known for their creative, nor accurately spelled, restaurant names in the US (can anyone say Lee’s Happy Panda or Good For Yoo Bufet???) However, Excellent Dumpling House is spot on.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/16/2010
Excellent dumpling; great food with great prices
Posted by anonymous on 04/25/2010
This is the only place in Chinatown for a really great pan fried pork dumpling with nice homemade dipping sauce. Also try the authentic and fabulous cold sesame noodles. These are not your run-of-the-mill peanut butter slathered americanized mess. These are the real thing. Great lunch, dinner, and as leftovers!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/14/2010
Be prepared for the fastest, cheapest, no frills, Chinese food experience of your life. Excellent Dumpling House is a modern marvel. A step about hole-in-the-wall take out, they offer lightning fast service without a smile in a cramped room full of strangers - a few of which are probably sitting at the same table as you. The prices are also so cheap they'd make any intelligent New Yorker think twice. Thankfully, the food is great. They serve all the Americanized Chinese dishes we all know and love, prepared well. I'm assuming that with the amount of people they serve, the chef's have had plenty of time to practice. Don't get me wrong, this will not blow your mind, or make you re-think everything you thought you knew about Chinese food. However, it will be tasty, and you will enjoy it. I know a few people here have said the place is dirty, but after having eaten here at least twice (and sometimes more than ten times) a week for six years, I've never once gotten sick from it. The service here is also fairly interesting. As I said before, they're super quick, and often unfriendly. On many occasions I've been served my food almost instantly, as if they knew what I would order before I even stepped in, although knowing them, if that were true they'd have it sitting on a table ready for me, along with the check and a note saying "eat, pay, and get out." The staff will often give you the check before you're done eating, and if you pause for a minute, you'll probably be asked if you want a doggy bag. How nicely they ask you depends on the waiter. This is not a date spot, nor is it a place to eat a relaxing meal with friends. However, if you're in the area, in a hurry, broke, or just plain impatient, this is some of the best food in China Town at some of the best prices anywhere.
Posted by True NYer on 02/02/2010
I don't get how this place attracts good reviews. Rather bland dumplings and soups.