Category Archives: New York City

Han Dynasty, New York NY

Han Dynasty is a mini-chain of Szechuan restaurants based in Philadelphia that has two outposts in Manhattan.  The first location opened in the East Village to multiple good reviews, as did the second on the Upper West Side.  But after … Continue reading

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Flaming Kitchen, New York, NY

The gloriously named, Flaming Kitchen, serves Szechuan style dishes in a sleek modern styled dining room on the Bowery in New York City.  In addition to its main Szechuan menu, Flaming Kitchen has a Chinese-Cajun menu that features shrimp, crawfish … Continue reading

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Daa! Dumpling, New York, NY

The TurnStyles underground shopping and food arcade at Columbus Circle has blossomed into a hopping venue that reminds me of the great underground arcades attached to subway stations in Seoul and Tokyo.  There are several options for dumplings in the … Continue reading

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Lucky Pickle, New York, NY

The Upper West Side of Manhattan is experiencing a Chinese food renaissance and the dumpling competition has become fierce.  Jacob’s Pickle has a great reputation for pickles and built upon that reputation by opening Maison Pickle. With the new Lucky … Continue reading

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Grain House, New York, NY

Last month the weird and excellent Coffee Break (aka Ten Ming Gong Zhe) closed and was replaced by an outpost of Queens’ Grain House.  Coffee Break served some of the best Sheng Jian Bao in the City and also had a spectacular … Continue reading

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Wontons in Red Chili Oil Battle

Suanla Chaoshou, aka Wontons in Red Chili oil or Szechuan (or Sichuan) Wontons, are fast becoming my favorite dumpling preparation.  This dish is pork wontons served with a chili oil dressing, as J. Kenji López-Alt on SeriousEats aptly put it, … Continue reading

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Dim Sum VIP, New York, NY

The chefs at Dim Sum VIP have over 30 years of dim sum making experience in restaurants from Hong Kong to New York. Their restaurant is a narrow, bare bones storefront joint, seating maybe 50 people at small tables and a counter. The … Continue reading

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Bun Battle: Kimchi Edition

The competitors for this bout are Mama Bunns at Gallery32 and Tour Les Jours just down the street on 32nd Street. Tour Les Jours is one of several Korean-French pastry-coffee shop chains (see also Paris Baguette) that sell huge selections … Continue reading

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Return to Jing Fong, Upper West Side, Manhattan

On my first trip to Jing Fong I intended to focus on vegetable dumplings but wasn’t particularly successful, it turns out they have stopped serving steamed vegetable buns and only have one vegetable dumpling.  Meat filled dumplings seem to be … Continue reading

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Jing Fong, Upper West Side, Manhattan

Founded in 1978, Jing Fong in Chinatown is the largest dim sum restaurant in New York City, with 20,000-square-feet of space and 800 seats.  It began at 24 Elizabeth Street with 150 seats and then in 1993 it moved to the giant … Continue reading

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