Who doesn’t love dumplings? They’re warm, savory, often filled with pork, and, generally speaking, they can be budget-friendly. You can get them for breakfast with a dim sum meal, for lunch or dinner, and there may be no better late-night food than a steaming hot plate of dumplings. Like many cities, dumplings can be found in almost any NYC neighborhood, but thanks to NYC’s multiple Chinatowns, there are even more options from which to choose. So for all the dumpling lovers in New York City – here’s where to get the best ones.
If you like your dumplings spicy, head to White Bear in Flushing, Queens. You come here for one thing – the $5 plate of 12 crazy delicious wontons topped with their famous spicy chili oil. For all intents and purposes, these wontons are like dumplings – they’re still warm, satisfying, cheap, and filling. And with the addition of chili oil, they have a fiery kick.
In the center of Flushing, Queens is Gold Shopping Mall – a mall housing a basement level food court that’s worth a trip to Flushing alone. Of the many options is Tianjin Dumpling House, a tiny stall making some of the best dumplings you can get. They have tons of dumpling options to choose from, but they’re known for a lamb and green squash combo, which you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.