Vanessa’s Dumpling House

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Vanessa's Dumpling House
Lower East Side
As diminutive as its namesake nibbles, this pot-sticker pit stop with just a few seats serves five chive-and-pork dumplings, fried or steamed, for a buck. If you want them vegetarian, you’ll have to splurge and spend $2, but then you get eight of the tasty morsels. Fifty cents buys a sesame pancake the size of a pizza wedge. Even on rainy nights, a motley throng of Lower East Siders and Chinatown moms overflows onto the street, congregating below the cupola-shaped awning to order from the street-side window.
Venue name: Vanessa’s Dumpling House
Address: 118 Eldridge St
New York
Cross street: between Broome and Grand Sts
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average main course (8 dumplings): $2. Cash only

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Chris R

This is definitely the best dumpling joint in NYC.  It's kind of an institution, so it's no secret, and the lines are par for the course, but it's totally worth the wait.  Also, the staff are rude and sometimes make mistakes and give you the wrong food.  That's almost always a nonstarter for me, but it's not in this case, and that should say a LOT about how great their dumplings are!  First of all, the dumplings are huge.  Way bigger than normal, and 2-3 times bigger than Prosperity Dumpling.  PD is also good, and super cheap, but just no where as tasty as VDH.  Speaking of price, this place also isn't the cheapest.  As mentioned, PD is cheaper, but since they are dumplings, they are obviously still cheap.  Put up with the staff, and lines, and you'll be happy you went!