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Vanessa's Dumpling House
Posted by Alicia on 11/21/2010
Waited way too long for an order of overly dough-y vegetable dumplings. The filling was good, but I literally felt like I was chewing through uncooked dough. It was also served in a takeout container even though we were staying to eat. It was very awkward to eat out of and made me feel rushed to get out of the restaurant. the service was also very poor, as we waited a long time for a simple order of dumplings even though we were one of the first guests to put out order in. I should had stayed with the Plump Dumpling, who never fails me, right thee on 11th street, but wanted to try something new. Same prices, better service and quality than Vanessas Dumplings.
Posted by kissme_caitlin on 11/29/2009
The boiled dumplings at this Vanessa's and at the Eldridge location are the best I have ever had in my life! Vegetarians will be happy with the vegetarian pancake sandwiches otherwise try the roast pork pancake sandwich which is less than $4 and to die for! I take all my friends to Vanessa's because it proves that you can live in NY for less and have a wonderful time. I like to check out the stylish people who go to the Eldridge location, while the Vanessa's on 14th has more student/NYU feel.
Posted by sarah on 11/19/2009
i really liked the food never really go there alot but when i do its filling and good for cheap, not high-class food but good for a cheap price.
Posted by Veggie12 on 09/28/2009
I ordered delivery and the guy was super friendly and helpful so I really wanted to like this place... The veggie dumplings were alright, shrimp boiled dumplings were very watery on the inside, and the spicy tuna roll seemed like it was picked up at one of those deli's that starts selling sushi for half-off after 5. I won't be ordering again.
Posted by Dumpling on 09/01/2009
The fried dumplings are just okay. They have a super thick and chewy skin. Although crispy and charming in their own way they are nothing special. The first time I went the fried dumplings they gave me were cold and hard. It took an act of desperation to go back. I've been back several times. But, it's nothing special. The fillings feel like they are made from the cheapest meat possible. I have found little bone pieces in the pork dumplings every time I have eaten here. The veggie dumplings are awful. Just awful. I swear they fill the veggie dumplings with twigs and stalks. The steamed buns are filled with the same fillings. So, enough said about that. Service is alright, I guess. It's fast but sometimes crowded and they don't really care about giving you a good experience. The scallion pancake sandwich (shredded pork) is very good. I've also heard good things about the teriyaki platters. The only complaint about the teriyaki was that the chicken was a lot of gristle and crummy peices of meat. If the quality of ingredients were better this place would be top notch. As it stands, they still have the best deal on dumplings in the neighborhood. Plump Dumpling is just way to dirty, and Dumpling Man is way to expensive and not worth what you pay for. So, try Vanessa's next time you have a craving. ...Just, don't say I didn't warn ya.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/12/2009
The vegetable dumplings were only okay. Here's the deal about the almond milk bubble tea: It took me a long time to drink, because the "bubbles" kept getting stuck in the straw.
Posted by ISD on 08/06/2009
Do not confuse this location with the one in Chinatown! This one is barely decent - the other one absolutely rocks, but be prepare to fight your way trough hipsters.