Dragon Land Bakery

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Hot-dog bun at Dragon Land Bakery
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Roast pork bun at Dragon Land Bakery
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Roasted pork bun at Dragon Land Bakery
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Dragon Land Bakery
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Dragon Land Bakery

Chinatown
Most bakeries are sought after for their sweets, but the savory stuff is the real star at this corner pastry haunt. Underneath a ceiling hung with empty cake boxes, vested bao gatekeepers parked near the wall-spanning display of shiny, glazed buns guide the pick-and-point operation, bagging treats in wax-paper packets—they rule against customers grabbing items themselves and, curiously, limit the amount of pennies you can pay with (FYI, it’s five per customer). Ask for the hot-dog-and-scallion bun—the eggy, clover-shaped crust of this Chinese take on pigs-in-a-blanket is studded with chopped franks and topped with green onion sprigs; or a baked char siu bao, sweet minced onions cutting through the salty, syrupy pork filling.
Venue name: Dragon Land Bakery
Contact:
Address: 125-135 Walker St
NY
10013
Cross street: at Baxter St
Opening hours: Daily 8am–8pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average pastry: $1. Cash only
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