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Excellent Dumpling House
Posted by Ethnic food lover on 08/29/2009
Check it out if all you want's a cheap meal, but be prepared for the fastest meal of your life, without comfort, service or a smile. Be prepared to sit with strangers and have your check appear too soon, before your requests are addressed. The setting is noisy and dirty, which makes me wonder how the food's handled. As for the fare -- the place offers a mediocre dumplings -- but a good selection --and gummy Americanized Chinese stir-fry-type dishes.
Posted by Very very good on 08/28/2009
Great place for cheap eats that taste great in Chinatown. Scallion pancake and Wonton Soup are both wonderful!
Posted by FoodMuncher on 02/19/2009
Great Place to go eat. Very good, very quick service. Very efficient. Food good and cheap. I live nearby and eat here at least once a week. The fried dumplings are better than the steamed.
Posted by Loppo on 01/02/2009
I was looking for a place in Chinatown to stop for a quick and light bite after shopping in Soho. When I saw this place I thought a quick plate of dumplings sounded perfect, so I decided to try it. I had the veggie dumplings and the shrimp and crab dumplings. Both were hot, fresh and tasty, especially when I mixed some hot sauce into the soy dipping sauce they came with. A good value too. The place was very busy and the staff was efficient. There were a lot of dishes I saw others eating that looked tempting and wished I could try - will need to go back soon!
Posted by TexasJay on 12/08/2008
A policeman suggested we eat there on a chilly Saturday afternoon and we were SO glad we did. The place is very small and there was a 10 minute wait to get a seat for our party of 6, but the wait was worth it. The assortment of dumplings we tried were ALL good as were the entrees. And the prices were very affordable. I would recommend this joint to anyone looking for good chinease food experience in China Town.
Posted by Kathy on 10/29/2008
I'm Chinese and I've been to MANY restaurants in Chinatown. I tried this one because of the Zagat ratings. I found the food to be mediocre. The dumplings were ok, but I expected much more from a place named "Excellent Dumpling". The non-dumpling dishes weren't up to Chinatown standards for Chinese food in my opinion, they were more like American-style Chinese food. There are a lot more authentic Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. One good thing about this place is that the staff speaks English (which, yes, is something hard to find in smaller, more authentic restaurants).
Posted by Anonymous on 07/12/2008
I have tried about 8 Chinese restaurants in the Tribeca area, and this is by far the best! The food arrived in about 15 minutes (which seemed a bit too fast to be for real), but it was fantastic. I would definately order from here again.