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

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

China North Dumpling
15 Essex Street

Prosperity Dumpling
46 Eldridge Street

Nam Zhaou Hand Made Noodle and Dumpling Place
144 East Broadway

C & L Dumpling House
77 Chrystie Street

Vanessa's Dumpling House
118A Eldridge Street

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

Also in Brooklyn:

205 Sackett Street
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Kai Feng Fu Dumpling House
4801 Eighth Avenue
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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

Royal Seafood
103 Mott Street

East Ocean Palace
113-09 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills, Queens

East Harbor
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Homey has a point. They're called 小吃- snacks basically & you see xiao chi restos all over China. Food stalls are mostly 肉串 (insert animal) rou chaun(r)- kebabs of every sort imaginable. Spicy Xinjiang lamb is most popular. Check out the street meat cart on 8th avenue & 61st in Sunset. They're serving chaun(r) til 3 am most nights about 20 feet from the N train. As far as jiaozi go, Vanessa's is super hipsterized & while it has the best sesame bao around, it's super taxing to just wait around forever in there. Prosperity is the original & sells 100 packs for about $11.


I just came back from China. People in China eat dumplings with lamb sandwich's. Its considered fast food like eating hotdogs and burgers. What's also common is all sorts of meat and seafood on stick grilled kebab . Chicken and lamb pieces on stick is very common.


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