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Posted by Anonymous on 03/22/2011
Everything (and I mean everything) is scrumptiously delicious!
Posted by Davy Crockett on 01/23/2011
This is so much better than any other dumpling shop in Chinatown, for five dumplings for $1, that once you try these, you will be literally unable to eat dumplings elsewhere. These are thousands of times better than the others. I'm talking about the stunningly great pork fried dumplings. The flavor is fantastic, there's no gristle, it's all prime as can be, and it is succulently delicious. When you're almost broke, you can't beat the price. Although there are several other places in the vicinity that match the price, none of their dumplings even begin to measure up. Yes, there are lines here (that move quickly) but there's a compelling reason for that. Vanessa's up the street, for example, has AC, similar prices, and a large comfortable place to sit, but their dumplings can't match these and if you have dumplings here, you will never go elsewhere under any circumstances. And it's not far from the D train.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/19/2011
Soup is delicious and mushrooms amazing; best value and taste of dumplings
Posted by Dito on 08/10/2010
It's completely understandable how anyone coming here to order the vegetable dumplings would be disappointed. Please, let's not delude ourselves: you come here for the pork and chive dumplings, you eat them by the sack. So don't diss it just because you don't get the point. It's cheap, filling, and delicious-- provided you know what you're doing.
Posted by Rachel on 08/03/2010
I don't understand why everyone raves about this dumpling shop, except that it's ridiculously cheap. I got the vegetable dumplings, which are boiled or steamed, not fried, and a sesame pancake with vegetables. The dumplings were good but nothing to write home about. The pancake was tastier, a bit like a thick scallion pancake with a nice hint of cilantro. The best part was the price - $3.00 for a satisfying lunch. You can't beat that for value. However, I don't think the dumplings warrant the down side of this place. It's rather far from the subway, the lines are long, the store is tiny, and in the summertime, it's absolutely sweltering. I had to wait a good five to ten minutes for my dumplings, although people who came in after me were served first. I think because they were all getting pork dumplings, which are always ready, wherease the vegetable dumplings had to be made specially for me. Probably this would be a better option in the winter when it's not so insufferable inside the store and a bit easier to walk through Chinatown, which is always unpleasant in the summer. Possibly people are raving about the pork dumplings not the veggie ones but I'm vegetarian so I can't comment on those. Bottom line is that this is a good value, even if the dumplings are nothing special, but where else can you get a good-sized lunch for two or three dollars?
Posted by Taos on 04/27/2010
Although it's not much more than a small counter window to order through, this is one of the best deals in the city. The prices are up a bit from the posted menu (5 dumplings $1.25, pancakes $.75) but they are excellent and worth the trip. I live in NJ and buy the bag of 50 so I can always have them handy!
Posted by Deborah on 10/22/2009
I live in Chinatown and have tried tons of dumplings throughout the area. These are incredible. They have thin, crispy and chewy skins which taste different than other dumpling places. They have pork and vegetable dumplings and you can also get them boiled too. Try them... It is worth the trip!!Don't plan on eating inside the joint as it is much too small and the line is pretty long on occasion. It is better to take them out and go to the running track and park between Forsyth and Christie St and enjoy them there. They are a bargain.