Vanessa’s Dumplings

Restaurants , Chinese East Village
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Gail Henry
Vanessa's Dumplings
Gail Henry
Vanessa's Dumplings
Gail Henry
Vanessa's Dumplings
Gail Henry
Vanessa's Dumplings
Fans of Chinatown’s dumpling stands can finally get their fix farther uptown. Vanessa Weng, owner of Vanessa’s Dumpling House and Tasty Dumpling, has opened an eponymous location near Union Square. Although prices have doubled, an order of five panfried pork-and-chives dumplings still sets you back only $1.99.
Venue name: Vanessa’s Dumplings
Address: 220 E 14th St
New York

Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Opening hours: Daily 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: L to Third Ave; N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
Price: Average order: $2. Cash only
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If you're looking for cheap and delicious dumplings and sesame pancake sandwiches, this is the spot for you.  The steamed pork and chive dumplings are my favorite but the dessert dumplings are also quite good.  The sesame pancakes are warm and comforting no matter what you fill them with.  Sauces are readily available on the tables.  Tiny napkins make personal cleanliness a small challenge.  This place gets pretty busy but with a little patience I've found you can usually get a table.  Also, like many of the best dumpling houses in the city, Vanessa's is a bit grungy (to say the least).  It can be a little off-putting to out-of-towners but most seasoned New Yorkers will chow down at this joint without a care in the word.  This is not a good date night spot for a hoity-toity couple from Park Ave.  It's for down-to-earth, dumpling loving dudes and dudettes.  

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Firstly, let me state that i love, love, love the original location on Eldridge Street. The food is fantastic, cheap and the staff, even though their command of the English language is limited, is usually friendly and helpful. The new location in Williamsburg is great too. BUT (always the but) i regret to say this, the 14th street location leaves much to be desired. The staff there is surly at best and plain rude if i am being completely honest. The facility is untidy and often smells really bad. I have seen staff members put dirty cleaning buckets with chemicals, next to food trays (they were already starting clean-up when food was still being served). Some staff touches/prepares the food (seasame pancakes) with bare hands. It's just a total mess over there. Overall, the quality of food is much worse than in the other locations and puts a damper on their good brand equity. Ironically, it's the most expensive location out of all. Go to the original location or else get a slice of Pizza somewhere.