118 Eldridge St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.718323 -73.991880
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side, Bowery
Incredible value for very good dumplings – Very good dumplings, very, very, very low prices. Most people get the fried pork and chive dumplings, five for a dollar, and usually available on the spot. Boiled dumplings are also great, but they're made to order, so you'll usually have to wait 5-10 minutes. You can also get these in a soup, which is pretty good. Sesame pancakes are also popular, I usually get mine with vegetables (carrots, cucumber, cilantro, so vaguely reminiscent of a Vietnamese sandwich) ... the beef and tuna can be low quality, so I usually skip adding them. Vegetarian hot and sour soup is a dollar for a small bowl, and is also great. Great food at amazing prices, just keep in mind that it's an absolute madhouse trying to get your order in; there's not line, expect people to cut in front of you, but I'm willing to put up with it for their dumplings.
Temple of Chinese Delights, my favorite restaurant. – When I first moved to the Lower East Side, I was looking for local eateries in the neighborhood. When walking down Eldridge Street, I stopped dead in my tracks upon sensing the sumptuous aroma of fried pork dumplings. I followed the smell to Dumpling House, an epicurean phenom. Dumpling House serves Beijing homestyle food. They specialize in, of course, dumplings. Specifically, fried pork and chive dumplings. These are Dumpling House's bread and butter, so to speak. Upon entering the small kitchen sized establishment, I had to finagle my way past the half dozen or so customers to get to the counter. Oh, did I mention that Dumpling House is always busy. No matter when I go there, people are waiting for the fresh batch of fried dumplings to be prepared. Aside from eating the dumplings, watching the skillful chef prepare them is the best part. The dumplings are cooked in sesame oil in a large round pan which holds about 50 or so at a time. Once the dumplings are ready, the chef carefully tilts the pan and removes a few dumplings from the bottom of it. This allows the cooking oil to be removed from the pan. The dumpling are then placed, 5 at a time, into styrofoam containers. 5 dumplings cost 1 dollar only and they pretty much shame anything you would find on a typical dollar menu. They are served with a homemade hot sauce and soy sauce. If you're a vegetarian, you can order 8 steamed vegetable dumplings for 2 dollars. In addition to the dumplings, DH also serves sesame pancake sandwiches made with beef, tunafish or vegetable and also a variety of soups and noodle dishes. When I first discovered Dumpling House, I would frequent them on a daily basis. I was addicted. I go there at least once a week, now. Dumpling House serves hot delicious food all day long at a terrific value (dozens of items, most under $2.) Dumpling House is my favorite restaurant in New York and you'd be depriving yourself if you don't try it.
Good & Cheap – dumplings are great. so are the sandwiches. try the kimchee - there's a sweetness to it that is a bit different and they use apples :)
Great dumplings – This spot has great dumplings but I'm actually more partial to North Dumpling on Essex Street. Still tasty though!
a must-visit while in Chinatown – GREAT dumplings and sesame pancake-sandwiches with beef. Have tried everything on the menu and the only thing I would not recommend as much is the zhajiang mian (noodles with brown meat sauce), as that tends to be too saucy/salty.
Great value and wonderful flavor – I love this place!! It is dirt dirt cheap but still maintains a good quality product. The dumplings are the major attraction-but the sandwhiches are VERY tasty and a must try...and for the price, you can afford a bit of everything on the menu. It may look a bit dirty at first, but I have watched them in action-the food is quality and so is the service. Def check this place out!!
Lines push out the door on an otherwise deserted east Chinatown block for this neighborhood street food fave. – The Scene
A mix of students and area residents crowd into this narrow, barely there space for its quick, tasty treats at dirt-cheap prices. You'll spy locals partaking in a familiar part of the Dumpling House experience--chatting with the friendly owner Vanessa Duan, that is when she's not bossing her frying staff around in Mandarin or packing up the joint's never-ceasing flow of orders.
It's hard to resist the plump, sizzling allure of the hearty boiled and fried pork dumplings. But regulars know that the sandwiches are the real star here: Choose between super-thin slices of cold cured beef or creamy tuna salad (tossed deliciously with peas), stuffed between fat, steaming-hot wedges of freshly fried sesame scallion bread and generously topped with cilantro, pickled carrot, and a pungent mix of black malted vinegar and soy sauce. For a savory take on the soup and sandwich meal, try the hot and sour soup.
Cheap Eats 101 – Where else in NYC can two dine for $5? For $5, you get 2 cans of soda and 15 dumplings. On a nice day, just dine in the nearby park. Dumplings are excellent and also love the sesame pancake with beef ($1.50). You really can't get any better value than this! Place gets crowded quickly and service is not the greatest but for the price, you can't complain...
need i say more? 5 dumplings for $1 or a YUMMY sesame pancake for only 50 cents! where else can you get a WHOLE MEAL for these prices? it's hot and tastes great, and your wallet feels just as heavy afterwards!
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