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16 Plump Chinese Dumplings to Try in NYC

Pan-fried or boiled, but always juicy

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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.

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1. Fish Dumpling

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136-20 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 353-4957

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.

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2. White Bear

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135-02 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 961-2322

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.

3. Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House

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83-05 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(718) 639-3996

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.

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4. Auntie Guan's Kitchen

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108 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-8388
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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. 

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5. Drunken Dumpling

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137 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
New York, NY 10003
(212) 982-8882
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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.

6. Xi'an Famous Foods

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81 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
(212) 786-2068
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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.

Xi’an Famous Foods spicy and sour spinach dumplings Xi’an Famous Foods

7. Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings

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380 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 533-2007
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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.

8. Spicy Village

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68 Forsyth St #B
New York, NY 10002
(212) 625-8299
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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.

9. Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle and Dumpling

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40 Bowery
Manhattan, NY 10013
(646) 683-0939

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.

Boiled dumplings covered in chile oil Photo by Devra Ferst

10. Super Taste

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26 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 283-0999
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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.

11. Hong Man

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27 Eldridge St E
New York, NY 10002
(212) 925-0805
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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.

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12. Tasty Dumpling

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42 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 349-0070
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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.

13. Fried Dumpling

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106 Mosco St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 693-1060
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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.

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14. Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles

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1 Doyers St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 791-1817
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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.

15. Wu's Wonton King

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165 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
(212) 477-1111
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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.

16. Vanessa's Dumpling House

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310 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-8809
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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.

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1. Fish Dumpling

136-20 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11355
Fish Dumpling Serena Dai/Eater

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.

136-20 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11355

2. White Bear

135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354

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.

135-02 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11354

3. Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House

83-05 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373
Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House/Yelp

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.

83-05 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373

4. Auntie Guan's Kitchen

108 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
Auntie Guan’s dumplings Serena Dai/Eater

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. 

108 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011

5. Drunken Dumpling

137 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003, New York, NY 10003

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.

137 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
New York, NY 10003

6. Xi'an Famous Foods

81 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Xi’an Famous Foods spicy and sour spinach dumplings 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.

81 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003

7. Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings

380 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

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.

380 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

8. Spicy Village

68 Forsyth St #B, New York, NY 10002

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.

68 Forsyth St #B
New York, NY 10002

9. Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle and Dumpling

40 Bowery, Manhattan, NY 10013
Boiled dumplings covered in chile oil Photo by Devra Ferst

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.

40 Bowery
Manhattan, NY 10013

10. Super Taste

26 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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.

26 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002

11. Hong Man

27 Eldridge St E, New York, NY 10002
Hong Man Robert Sietsema

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.

27 Eldridge St E
New York, NY 10002

12. Tasty Dumpling

42 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

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.

42 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10013

13. Fried Dumpling

106 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013
Fried Dumpling Serena Dai

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.

106 Mosco St
New York, NY 10013

14. Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles

1 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

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.

1 Doyers St
New York, NY 10013

15. Wu's Wonton King

165 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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.

165 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

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16. Vanessa's Dumpling House

310 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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.

310 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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