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Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
Posted by Victor on 02/07/2008
A craving for dumplings usually leads me to Chinatown, where I have found some damned good dumplings. Chinatown was too far of a schlep for this working stiff on a Thursday lunch break, so I decided to give Rickshaw a whirl. The décor is sleek and modern, the restaurant is clean, and the cashiers and kitchen staff are fast and efficient. Unlike many Chinatown dumpling houses, Rickshaw even takes credit cards, seemingly without a minimum. Also unlike Chinatown dumpling joints, dumplings aren't supercheap at Rickshaw. Anyway, on to the food. My steamed chicken and Thai basil dumplings were served hot right out of the steamer, ie, the right way. The skin/wrapper was the proper thickness, not so doughy as to be leaden and not so thin that the skin breaks at the first touch of a chopstick. Unfortunately, the texture of the chicken and basil filling was grainy and dry, and the flavor suffered from a surfeit of black pepper. The dipping sauce had a nice peanut flavor, but the gooey texture of the condiment was reminiscent of the special sauce that Mickey D’s dispenses onto Big Macs with a caulking gun. Final take on Rickshaw: not impressed. Next time, I'll defer my cravings until the weekend and trek south to Chinatown.
Posted by rickshaw shorty on 01/27/2008
i am in love with rickshaw. the duck dumplings are pan fried to a T. if you want to experience the sexiest meal of your life go here. its just good, just try it.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2007
Good dumplings, good soup, stark clean atmosphere, but a bit pricey.
Posted by gorgeous george on 09/07/2007
If you don't know what good dumplings taste like you may like them here. If you do, you won't be impressed. And the noodles are not good.
Posted by mfarris70 on 08/14/2007
I always meant to try Rickshaw after seeing it on MARTHA, but never got around to it until I moved down the street. What I was missing! Its hard for a vegetarian like me to find tasty options in restaurants and Rickshaw did not disappoint. The veggie dumplings are great and the miso soup is fantastic! The edamame needs a little more salt, though. All in all, great food and a great bargain!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/21/2007
I seriously don't understand what all the fanfare was about this place. After reading the good reviews,I went there for lunch yesterday and ordered the vegetarian dumplings and noodle soup. The dumplings were mediocre at best, not great, but not terrible either. Though they smelled pretty good, the flavor was just lacking. The noodles in the soup had the strangest consistency, weirdly chewy and mushy at the same time--I think they just took some noodles pre-cooked hours before and ladled lukewarm greasy, overly salty broth on top. Not exactly the most appetizing thing in the world. Needless to say, I'm not going back.
Posted by FoodieNYC on 05/30/2007
Best food, Best atmosphere, Best service. The chocolate soup dumplings rocked my world they are so good!! I take everyone who visits me to Rickshaw and repeat visitors always request to go back. I LOVE IT!