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Posted by Ricky on 04/21/2009
Looks like I might be in the minority here bit I found my recent order of boiled shrimp dumplings barely edible. Its very convenient to work but when i ordered with other co-workers they forgot my order, there were only 3 other orders. The dumplings finally arrived and it was just a tasteless mess.
Posted by ally's dad on 03/31/2009
We have sampled the delicacies of Robuchon and Gagnaire. We have left $$$$ with Tom Keller. Through the years Soltner, Rachou, Vongerichten and others have taken our gelt and given us gastronomic pleasure.But now, Obama and Patterson are raising our taxes and covering the warranties of GM. What are we to do - Go to Vanessa's Dumplings! I got to tell you; I stopped last Saturday morning shortly after they opened. I got five pork and chive dumplings. a steamed Bao the size of a baby's head, a scallion bread sandwich loaded with pork and multiple veggies - a diet Coke - all for less than $9. The price was right and the food was truly great - especially the scallion bread sandwich. If you are on a budget, a fresser and just love really good food - head straight for 14th Street. Amities Gourmandes, ally's dad
Posted by Anonymous on 03/11/2009
Vanessa's is exactly what it portrays itself to be: a cheap place that serves easy, to the point food. There is no better value for dumplings in the east village. They are made fresh when you order them, and they're hot, delicious, filling, and won't hurt your wallet. What more can you expect from a place that is selling steam buns for the "recession special" price of $1.50!!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/23/2009
I don't understand the negative comments from people complaining about "cheap food" and "cheap atmosphere" --- for the price, which is comparable to your local greasy spoon neighborhood chinese takeout place, you get a nice-sized portion of well-made dumplings in an otherwise somewhat pricey neighborhood, along with a pretty decent sit-down section if you're so inclined. I work as a relatively low-paid assistant in this neighborhood (read: more inclined to brown-bag it than go out for $10 sandwiches every day) and this is the default lunch place for the younger crowd in my office. for $5, you can get a huge quart of soup and 8 large dumplings, big enough for lunch and leftovers. there's no sense in complaining. are you going to get top-notch sushi and the finest dumplings money can buy ? obviously not. but it's certainly delicious, clean, and inexpensive. and it generally hits the spot, leaving you full without denting your wallet. definitely the farthest you can go with $5 dining in manhattan.
Posted by Appl3 on 07/16/2008
Stopped by here, I had to say, I'm disappointed. I read the menu saying that this is one of the most popular places for dumplings. I just found it to be cheap food...and the quality is likewise. I probably wouldn't go back there.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/29/2008
my friends and i live right down the street and this place is great for both dine-in and delivery, especially for us poor college students. the chicken teriyaki is AMAZING, as are the sesame pancake sandwiches and the sweet red bean buns. awesome food for really cheap, and the delivery is super quick every time. DEFINITELY recommend!
Posted by YUMYUM on 02/24/2008
I'm taiwanese and I've tried many dumplings places in this city including Chinatown. I've been to authentic places in China, Taiwan and I know for sure that Vanessa's Dumplings comes closest to having an authentic experience of Chinese/Taiwanese Dumplings here in NYC. If you're a dumplings fan, do NOT miss it. The prices here are amazing and the frozen dumplings are a must for a bring home, cook it yourself experience. For beginners, I would say try the pork and chives first.