Vanessa's Dumpling House

(212) 625-8008

118 Eldridge St, New York, NY | Directions   10002

40.718323 -73.991880

Open Hours

Daily, 7:30am–10:30pm

 
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More Tags: Lunch Spot

Cuisine: Chinese

Payment Methods: Cash

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Bowery, Lower East Side, Downtown

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Vanessa's Dumpling House
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Reviews for Vanessa's Dumpling House

Vanessa's Dumpling House
Recommends

Believe the hype! Fill up for 5 bucks at this place and leave without a food hangover. Go for the pork and chive dumplings and make sure to get a sesame pancake too.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great value!!! – Crowded on weekend afternoons, but cheap, cheap, cheap and delicious!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Not Special. – Eh... totally average. I went Sunday night because my friend and I were really craving some Chinese.

I know that a lot of people on here had rave reviews for this place...but I found the food pretty bland and the atmosphere sub par at best.

Everything was average, but nothing was great. I'd say there's no reason you shouldn't give it a try, but don't really expect anything memorable.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

had better dumplings – I went there for the first time after the expansion and was disappointed by the experience. The most obvious change was the price, which I can understand as a lot of work went into the renovations. The ordering process is now computerized and you prepay before you get your food. This is where the process broke down. I ordered $1 of Chive dumplings and $1 of cabbage dumplings. The chives dumplings was ready, but the cabbage dumplings were not. I wound up waiting 40 MINUTES for the cabbage dumplings as other items were being cooked before the cabbage dumplings were back in rotation. Standing and waiting 40 minutes is silly for $2 worth of dumplings. I counted 11 people on staff, but only ONE person frying the dumplings and pancakes. Before the change in the ordering process, it's easy to just walk up and buy whatever is ready to go. If it's crowded, I'd come back another time. Because of the prepay, now you're stuck waiting instead of being able to make subsitution for what's available or just walking away. I think they should have stuck to their knitting and ran the business as it was: cheap, charming (in a hole-in-a-wall way), and efficient.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

yum – great prices and great food. The place was packed but we were lucky to get a table. Spent $16 for two people and brought home leftovers! great place if you are on a budget.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

A Highly Affordable Dumpling-fest – The New York City Thrifty Gourmets Meetup Group field-tested Dumpling House (listed on printed menus as "Vanessa's Dumpling House") on Tuesday, June 17th at 8 PM. Testifying to the restaurant's popularity, a steady stream of diverse customers flowed in in order to dine at the limited number of tables and counter by the window, or order take-out. Vanessa didn't greet me with a smile or welcome, but did take my order quickly and promptly passed it to her three-member staff for preparation. Given the large number of customers and the many dishes being shuffled about, I felt that I needed to hover nearby in order to ensure that my order was filled correctly. I was not impressed by the hot and sour soup, but did appreciate that it was not filled with thickeners and nicely balanced its peppery and sour notes. My sandwich's cold beef was lackluster. Its sesame bread, though, was fresh, thick, warm and tasty. My fellow diners and I sampled a wide variety of steamed and fried dumplings and boiled won tons and enjoyed virtually all of them. I'll definitely return to enjoy more of the spicy won tons and the fried dumplings with pork and scallion! Citysearchers who visit Dumpling House as a group will be rewarded by being able to share the ample portions and split the cost---my fellow diners and I spent no more than $10 per person on our dumpling fest. :)

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Like you are in china – It was too busy, it was even hard to find a place to stand dont even think about eating there because you can't. . Dumplings were cheap but waited too long to get them. If you like chinese food, and the crowd of china this place will make you feel in china...

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Worth the trip – At first I had a hard time finding this place because there are several 118 Eldridge places and there was some other name on the front, but I just saw a nice amount of people and some lady in the front with the veggies so I assumed that was the place, and it was because the menu said "Dumpling House". So anyway after reading all the reviews I've decided to check this place out on my very long break from work. I had the veggie dumplings and I have to say that they aren't bad. They were fresh, hot, light, (not to doughy) and they had REAL veggies inside. Veggies that you can actually see, unlike little bits of veggie from other dumplings. At $2.50 for 8 I would have to say that's not to bad of a deal. So if you're around the area or if you have a long break like me, then its worth the trip for some good dumplings at inexpensive prices.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

WAS BETTER before renovations – I went there for the first time after the expansion and was disappointed by the experience. The most obvious change was the price, which I can understand as a lot of work went into the renovations. The ordering process is now computerized and you prepay before you get your food.

This is where the process broke down. I ordered $1 of Chive dumplings and $1 of cabbage dumplings. The chives dumplings was ready, but the cabbage dumplings were not. I wound up waiting 40 MINUTES for the cabbage dumplings as other items were being cooked before the cabbage dumplings were back in rotation. Standing and waiting 40 minutes is silly for $2 worth of dumplings. I counted 11 people on staff, but only ONE person frying the dumplings and pancakes.

Before the change in the ordering process, it's easy to just walk up and buy whatever is ready to go. If it's crowded, I'd come back another time. Because of the prepay, now you're stuck waiting instead of being able to make subsitution for what's available or just walking away.

I think they should have stuck to their knitting and ran the business as it was: cheap, charming (in a hole-in-a-wall way), and efficient.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

my favorite fast-food, by far... – i've had everything on the menu (about a dozen items) dozens of times... my absolute favorite item is the sesame pancake with tuna salad with kimchi (you have to ask them to add the kimchi) -- the sesame pancakes are always fresh and crispy and crunchy, with the tuna salad (peas, carrots, scallions) and kimchi this sandwich is an absolute knockout -- and the price is beyond perfect... i ate here every day for almost two months. some days i would skip a day, then eat here twice the next day... this place is nowhere near my house, but it's well worth the subway ride and the walk... the waiting line is something you have to get used to. basically don't wait politely. push your way in and be very direct with not a lot of extra talk... i love the dumplings -- so good and SO worth the price... i love all the staff members. i never talk to them really but when they hear my sandwich order they all look over their shoulder and smile at me (they're very familiar with me and my order)... i like to get my sandwich and/or dumplings and get some cold soy milk and go over to the park on chrystie and watch people play soccer... i love this place so much, if i ever have grandchildren i'll tell them stories of all the adventures i've had getting to and from this place.... i've brought at least 2 dozen people to this place and everybody absolutely love it, "the best dumplings i've ever had in my life -- and so fast, and so cheap!!!"... lots of school kids come here. lots of old people come here. lots of real chinese people come here. lots of very hip people of all ages and ethnicities come here...

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Lives up to the hype – Very crowded and busy, but we always managed to find a place to stand and eat. Food is steamed/boiled as you watch. Staff is suprisingly friendly considering the cramped/hectic work environment. Dumplings are excellent.

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