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Vanessa's Dumpling House

118 Eldridge Street, New York City, NY 10002-4418 (East Village)
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Ranked #343 of 11,372 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Chinese, Fast Food
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: East Village
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157 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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Adelaide, Australia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

AMAZING value and amazing Dumplings! I came with 4 people and we all loved them! Vegetarian and meat ones. They were scrumptious. Not a lot of sitting room but we got a seat luckily. Fast and filling and inexpensive! Plus you really feel like your in Chinatown so that is an experience too :)

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Minneapolis, MN
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

There are not many places that I go to twice, especially in a city with so many must try restaurants, but Vanessa's made the list. First, it is fresh! How do I know? I watched the women in the back make hundreds of dumplings, while we waited for our order. No, the order did not take that long. She was... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

You have to fight for a seat and probably share elbow space with a complete stranger, but who cares. The food was perfect- fresh, hot, and extremely tasty. We got an assortment of dumplings and buns and noodles, bubble tea and mango smoothies. Still under twenty five dollars to stuff five people! Good vibes. Great place.

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Montana City, Montana
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82 reviews 82 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I went here with family because I love Asian food but MSG will give me a migraine that will not stop. I have tried many places that claim to have no MSG and woke up in pain the next morning. My head as a witness this place does not use it. The place was tidy and the service very good.... More

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Albany, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Three of us ate for $10 and the dumplings were delicious. We chose to order the assortment. Yummy! Wish there were more tables.

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New York City, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Don't judge me, but it's my Chinatown favorite. Love the madness, the yelling of order numbers, the fight for seats all day long and oh, yeah the food. Pancakes and fried dumplings are best but try everything once.

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

It was after not being able to sit down at a different dumpling shop that my mom and I walked a block to this place. It was cool to see the dumplings being made and cooked. The honeydew bubble tea was delish as well as the dumplings, the shrimp ones were our favorite, but the fact that it took around... More

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Chicago, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Great quality dumplings for a fraction of what it costs anywhere else. Great sweet & sour soup, very large quantities. Definitely busy. Dont be afraid of the line, it moves very quickly. Not a lot of space to sit at first but turnaround is very quick so just be patient.

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

My wife and I got into town late in the afternoon and made a beeline for this restaurant based on customer reviews. We got in and ordered pork and chive dumplings and wontons in spicy sauce. The dumplings are FOUR for a DOLLAR and the Wontons were $4.5. With drinks the entire affair was $7.50. And the food was wonderful.... More

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Hong Kong / Columbus, OH
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Down a dark street but totally worth it!! Limited seating, but great for take out. The dumplings were very affordable and yummy!! We got a duck soup with Napa and tofu that was tremendous. We also had a sandwich which was good. Authentic and great price! We ordered: a order of fried pork dumplings (8 pcs), order of boiled shrimp... More

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