Tons of restaurants across New York City offer fantastic dumplings across a variety of cultures. To keep things tight, this guide will look only at Chinese dumplings, particularly guotie (pan-fried dumplings) and jiaozi (boiled ones). Soup dumplings, though, deserve a category of their own and do not show up on this list.Read More
16 Plump Chinese Dumplings to Try in NYC
Pan-fried or boiled, but always juicy
Located inside the New World Mall food court in downtown Flushing, the restaurant excels at what it’s named after: The dumplings are tender, juicy, and nicely stuffed with white fish and greens. They’re skin is thicker than most, yet there fluffy and fishy in all the right ways.
The juicy, thin-skinned wontons at White Bear rank as some of the best dumplings in the city, and they’re considered a must-get for any Flushing trip. Order the wontons with hot sauce and no soup. They come on a styrofoam plate, and since it’s a tiny space with very little breathing room, it’s not a bad idea to wolf down an order of them as a pit stop on a Flushing food crawl.
Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House
Whether they’re ordered steamed or fried, the dumplings here won’t disappoint. They’re giant, inexpensive, and filled with different combinations of pork and veggies — like fried pork and leeks or pork and cabbage. The best part is that an order of eight costs only $4.50.
Auntie Guan's Kitchen
Auntie Guan’s expansive menu includes food from regions across China, but many people just go straight for the dumpling section, which has a variety of options that come steamed or pan-fried. Picks include leek, shrimp, and pork, or a tomato and egg combo. Fish, lamb, and pork with pickled cabbage are also available.
This counter-service restaurant made headlines for its giant soup dumpling. Do not order this. Instead, Drunken Dumpling happens to serve some delectable pan-fried shrimp and wood ear mushroom dumplings that’s more worth the visit. The shrimp is sweet and fresh, and the restaurant has a fair amount of seating for casual dining. Bonus: It’s open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, ideal for a late-night dumpling snack.
Xi'an Famous Foods
The New York-grown chain most known for its noodles also sells vegetarian dumplings with an addictive spicy and sour sauce doused over it. The giant, spinach-filled dumplings have a green wrapper that’s thicker than the ideal dumpling, but they’re worth ordering as a precursor to noodles or as a meal on their own. The lamb version is also good. Note: The 45th street location does not sell the dumplings.
Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings
Taiwanese American sisters started this dumpling shop with two locations in Lower Manhattan. The spin here is a cutesy space with downtown, Instagram-friendly vibes and ingredients that follow the pasture-raised and local food movement. Dumpling chasers should try the classic, and those who want a more unusual dumpling can watch for rotating collaborations with other chefs, such as an Emmy burger dumpling.
An unsung menu item at this popular Chinatown dive is the spice scallion sauce dumplings. They come in a big bowl, doused in a mildly spicy, savory sauce, and the soft, thin skins and plump pork filling comes topped with cilantro and scallions. It might be tempting to order the soup dumplings too, but avoid those — this is the dumpling to order.
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Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle and Dumpling
After a sudden, heavily mourned closure, the beloved Lam Zhou has reopened as Lan Zhou in a much larger space and with a menu that extends to soup and noodles. But the dumplings — boiled pork served with homemade chile oil — are just the same, and still available frozen to go.
Dumplings are not the only thing on the menu at Super Taste — noodle dishes in particular are a huge draw — and the restaurant does a killer version of them. If you’re here for the dumplings, though, the “fresh pork” option is the way to go. Wrappers here are thin and practically translucent, and the ample pork filling is juicy.
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Walk down the stairs on Eldridge to cash-only noodle restaurant for some rustic pork and chive dumplings. It used to be called Sheng Wang, but switched to Hong Man in 2017. The dumplings remain cheap and fantastic, and while it’s small, seating shouldn’t be too hard to nab. BYOB.
Tasty is one of the best-known standalone specialty dumpling shops remaining in Chinatown. The bonus here is that it offers some seating, and the menu’s a bit more expansive, with options like shrimp and chive, and veggie dumplings. Classics like chive and pork or cabbage and pork cost a couple of dollars and appear quickly after ordering. The skin’s a tad thicker than other shops but still binge-worthy.
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This narrow storefront on a tiny side street has a simple menu with just one fried dumpling option, which costs $1.25 for five. Seating is limited, and the restaurant has a reputation for bad service. But that rep is overblown, and the pork filling of these thin-skinned, pan-fried dumplings is dark and flavorful. Order a bunch, and eat them immediately in the nearby park.
Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles
Even though noodles are in the name of this restaurant, the pan-fried pork dumplings here outrank some of the city’s specialty dumpling shops. They’re boiled and then pan-fried, meaning a slippery exterior accompanied by crispness.
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Wu's Wonton King
This expansive restaurant serves a wide range of Cantonese dishes, a spread of which will make a meal fit for a celebration. A standout item, though, is the bone broth soup filled with three different kinds of dumplings. It’s clean and meaty, and each dumpling is fat and packs salty goodness to make it a homey meal on a cool day.
Vanessa's Dumpling House
Vanessa’s has several locations now and is one of the most popular dumpling houses on this list. A lot of people say the dumplings here are overrated, but that’s what happens sometimes when a small restaurant gets big. It’s a solid pan-fried pork and chive dumpling, and — especially in the midst of Bedford Avenue — it’s hard to beat a warm chair and $2.50 for four.