If you are sightseeing in NYC and find yourself in Chinatown or in the Lower East Side, please make a trip to this place. From the Bowery, take a left onto Grand Street, and then a right onto Eldridge Street. Continue walking south on Eldridge past Hester. It is on the left, but it is a very, very tiny shop and it's easy to miss. If you get to Canal, you've already passed it.
Our hotel was in this area (SoHotel), and during our trip we made several quick-bite stops to this location because we just couldn't get enough. One morning my husband and I even had breakfast there after taking our less adventurous children right down and across the street for a more traditional breakfast at the Cup and Saucer Diner (see related review) which we also enjoyed several times.
Because the people working here don't seem to speak much English, order by number and you'll be fine. Their specialty, of course, is dumplings. I personally preferred the fried pork and chive dumplings (5 for $1--and they are not at all small), while my husband liked the boiled pork with veggie dumplings (10 for $2). If you choose not to eat inside, which we could only do the one morning we had breakfast there because there are only 3 stools at a very tiny counter, take your food and make the very short walk to the south end of Sarah Roosevelt Park (half a block up, one short block over to the west on Hester). This is where we would eat except for the one breakfast in the restaurant.
After you get your dumplings, don't forget to add the sauces they have at the counter. I'm not a big fan of things that are too hot or spicy, so I added what looked like soy sauce, but it was oh so much better than plain old soy!!! My husband added this and the red hot sauce and said it was very, very good.
While there we also tried the sesame pancake with Peking Duck (very yummy and very rich tasting) and the Ox-tail soup which was the special one of the days we were there. That took a little longer to wait for but it was worth it!!!
Honestly, even if this place were 10X more expensive, it would be worth it!!!
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