61 W 23rd St, New York, NY | Directions 1001040.742497 -73.991861
Mon-Sat, 11:30am-9:30pm; Sun, 11:30am-8:30pm
Neighborhoods: Flatiron District, Midtown
Amazing Dumplings – Admittedly I really like dumplings. But these are just amazing. And it's much more than what you get in Chinatown because they go far beyond the everyday pork and chive dumplings. And it's a full meal. You can get the dumplings with a flavor-paired soup or salad. My favorite was the Chicken and Thai Basil - not only are the dumplings good, but the noodle soup that pairs with it was sooo good. The noodles were fresh, just the right consistency, and the broth was slightly spicy - almost like a Thai curry in its complexity. I also loved the peking duck dumplings and the dessert (mochi and chocolate) dumplings. Amazing! I'll definitely go back.
Delicious! – Best dumplings I've ever eaten! So good.....so inexpensive! Great space and wonderful service! I had the thai dumplings with a salad and it was wonderful. Portions are just right and wonderfully delicious. Can't wait to go back!
You need a bib and asbestos – New York magazine just gave the chocolate soup dumpling balls the "#10 most delicious chocolate dessert in NYC" award. Since all the other places require ties, this is probably the easiest and cheapest way to indulge yourself. BUT BE CAREFUL. We're talking scalding hot jets of chocolate pumping out of the holes made by your incisors. It's dangerous chocolate.
In terms of savory dumplings, I like to do a mix of porks and ducks. (I know that sounds dangerous, too.)
The guys who manage the place are friendly (even though one of them hates the shrimp dumplings and longs for you to write in comments validating his taste buds). It's clean, well-lit, fast and I think pretty healthy.
Except I'm not kidding about the danger balls: get them but watch out.
quick, cheap lunch spot – Quick and easy place to stop in for a bite to eat. You order at the window and grab your food on lunchroom cafeteria style trays. Seats are hard to find during lunch hour. But, food comes out quickly and is hot! I got the duck dumpling fried in the soup. Big portions and very filling. If you get them in the soup, I would just get them steamed.
Mediocre dumplings are never a bargain – A friend and I went last Friday for a quick meal. We had the duck and thai chicken dumplings with a salad and mushroom soup as sides. Soup tasted like water and soy sauce and came in a teeny-tiny take-out container. Green salad and soy sauce dressing was okay. The duck dumplings were mediocre, the thai chicken just didn't taste very good. The only thing this restaurant can really brag about is its trendy decor and gimmicky packaging. Yes, the prices are relatively inexpensive for the area but to me, mediocre food is hardly ever a bargain. If you're asian or have eaten a lot of asian food (I'm both) try another dumpling bar, even mandoo is better. FYI, you can get fresh watermelon juice in many bubble tea/juice places in chinatown. We also tried the chocolate dumplings, just trendy but nothing spectacular.
Great Dumplings!! – Great place to stop by & munch on dumplings! Everything was great- we got the pork dumplings w/salad, chicken dumplings w/noodles, green tea milkshake & chocolate dumplings. Loved the noodles & spicy tofu in the soup. Loved everything from the food, to the service, to the music to the boxes the food comes in!!!
Awesome value if you don't want to haul all the way to Chinatown.
We needed something like this in the city! :)
Very Good – First time there, I like the look of the place nice atmosphere. The service was very good. I didn't have to wait for my order. The dumplings were pretty good and not expensive. I would go there again. On the other hand, If you can't go to Chinatown, you could always go there.
Asian Trendy Dumplings – Where else do you pay $6.95 for 6 dumplings for what could be had for $1 in Chinatown and better prepared? Why the flatiron district of course. Here the dumplings are trendy and it makes for an ideal lunch spot for the Asian food lovers in the area. Its fun to watch them make the dumplings.
Super fresh dumplings in modern fast-food environs. – The Scene
Students, area professionals, and those looking for a cheap food fix all hustle in and out of the hip dumpling house. Artful globe lights peer down on the restaurant's simple tables and sleek wood floors. A few seats look onto the sidewalk, but most cluster around the glassed-in kitchen, where diners can watch dumplings being coaxed into existence.
Dumplings come in six varieties, each with its own dipping sauce, and can be ordered steamed, fried, or in a noodle soup. None of the flavors are overwhelming, and all taste superlatively fresh. The heftiest is the classic pork with cabbage ginger and scallion. A hint of wasabi enlivens the shrimp; while the vegetarian, stuffed with seasonal greens, gets overwhelmed by its healthful-tasting herb dipping sauce. Go "combo" and order your dumplings with a side of the green salad, doused with a tangy citrus-ginger vinaigrette.
Come for the ambience – We come here for the dumplings but they come in a box almost as cold as those standing behind the cashier. Their respective exotic sauces/dips did not complement the dumplings they were supposed to be matched with; we ended up dipping them all in their classic soy sauce. The soups have a slight bitter after taste. The watermelonade is refreshing and a must; certainly a place to go when in a hurry and hungry with the club- like music jazzing up the joint. Otherwise, head for Chinatown for better dumplings.
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