Where Do I Find Northern Chinese Dumplings? [Happy Chinese New Year!]

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Northern Chinese dumplings, thick-skinned and cheap


Samantha G. asks: Hey! I love northern Chinese food. I grew up with a wonderful northern/Cantonese dim-sum-style restaurant in Rockville, Maryland. I was wondering if there is anything similar in NYC? Thanks!

Dear Samantha: While NYC has plenty of Cantonese dim sum palaces, I don't know of any that offer an exclusively northern take on what is basically a southern phenomenon.

That said, we had an influx of northern Chinese dumpling places beginning about a decade ago, usually located on the fringes of the city's five Chinatowns. These are generally stall-size and offer none of the creature comforts (beer, big family tables, dragons with blinking eyes, rolling carts) that your request seems to imply. Nevertheless, the hearty, thick-skinned dumplings (fried or steamed), wheat-based flatbreads, and other humble northern delicacies are perfectly turned out, and cheap in the extreme.

Some of our favorite dollar-dumpling stalls include:

Inexpensive Delicacies Company
99 Allen Street
212-925-2625

China North Dumpling
15 Essex Street
212-529-0077

Prosperity Dumpling
46 Eldridge Street
212-343-0683

Nam Zhaou Hand Made Noodle and Dumpling Place
144 East Broadway
212-566-6933

C & L Dumpling House
77 Chrystie Street
212-219-8850

Vanessa's Dumpling House
118A Eldridge Street
212-625-8008

Vanessa's, one of the original Eldridge Street stalls, now has a hipsterized Williamsburg branch, where beer is available, as is more traditional restaurant seating:

Vanessa's Dumplings
310 Bedford Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
212-529-1329

Also in Brooklyn:

Eton
205 Sackett Street
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
718-222-2999

Kai Feng Fu Dumpling House
4801 Eighth Avenue
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
718-437-3542

Of course, the city also has a plethora of full-service Cantonese dim sum palaces, of which we recommend:

Royal Seafood
103 Mott Street
212-219-2338

East Ocean Palace
113-09 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills, Queens
718-260-2206

East Harbor
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
718-765-0098

Next time I'm in Rockville, Maryland, I'm looking for the place you mention!

Happy Chinese New Year!


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