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Best dumplings in NYC
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The 18 best dumplings in NYC right now

Crab soup dumplings, wok-fried potstickers, and bánh bột lọc top our list of the city’s best dumplings

Written by
Rachel Pelz
,
Dan Q Dao
&
Time Out contributors
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The dumpling is a perfect food. Lovingly wrapped in dough and filled with a sweet or savory center, every culture has its own satisfying version: Vietnamese bánh bột lọc, Chinese xiao long bao and Russian pelmeni are all among New York City's offerings. Some dumplings are among our favorite cheap eats, too, so you can plan a soup dumpling crawl of the five boroughs and still have plenty of dough left over.

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Best dumplings in NYC

  • Restaurants
  • Flushing
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This Flushing stalwart is in Golden Shopping Mall, a bustling Main Street food court. Dumplings are almost all made-to-order, and varieties include pork and chive and the must-order lamb and squash and beef and turnip.

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  • Flushing
  • price 1 of 4

The famous wontons with hot sauce—no. 6 on the menu—are reason enough to travel to Flushing, Queens if you aren't a local. For a reasonable price, this hallowed dumpling haven serves up 12 wispy-skinned pork and cabbage wontons swimming in a surprisingly temperate sea of chili oil, roasted chilies and pickled greens.

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  • Restaurants
  • Brighton Beach
  • price 2 of 4

This Uyghur cafe has both the manty, a spiced meat-stuffed dumpling, and the fried pelmeni, a Russian dumpling soaked in butter. Uyghur food is hard to find, even in a city as big as New York, and Brighton Beach delivers for a taste of the chewy, hand-pulled dough. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Chinatown
  • price 1 of 4

In a neighborhood teeming with ducks and spareribs, this vegetarian-focused dim sum house is a shift. Its oversized spinach dumplings arrive three to an order and the verdant, leaflike wrapping is a good indicator of what’s to come—hearty bites of minced spinach enlivened by generous douses of malty Chinese vinegar.

  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • East Village

Bánh bột lọc, Vietnamese dumplings wrapped in translucent tapioca paper, shine on Van Da’s menu. Filled with shrimp and pork and served in banana leaves, they offer a distinctive chew from the tapioca wrapper. Fried dumplings, hiding savory mung beans beneath a layer of golden mochi and crispy shallots, are a must-order, too. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • East Village
  • price 1 of 4

This Flushing-born Chinese chainlet carries the cuisine of Xi'an, an ancient city in north-central China that was once a vital part of the Silk Road trade routes. Lamb is a menu focus, as seen in the dumplings stuffed with ground lamb meat, served in a spicy-sour sauce and topped with fragrant fresh cilantro.

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4

This hyped Williamsburg restaurant has a Manhattan locale, too. Order the wok-seared long dumplings with Berkshire pork, the vegan bok choy potstickers, and the broiler chicken dumplings with cinnamon red oil.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Sunset Park
  • price 1 of 4

There's no shortage of no-frills, cheap dumplings in Sunset Park, but this dollar dumpling counter ranks among the best in all of New York. Find those greasy, crispy-on-the-outside, steamy-on-the-inside pork dumplings at a pocket-friendly price.

  • Restaurants
  • Civic Center
  • price 1 of 4

Famed for its wonton noodle soup, this Chinatown noodle house folds a whole piece of shrimp into each Hong Kong-style pork wonton. Floating in soup with springy yellow egg noodles, the wontons form a delicious vessel for soaking up the chicken broth.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

Avoid the painfully long wait and plan your trip to this affordable Michelin-starred restaurant during off-hours. With dozens of dim sum plates available, there’s no wrong choice, but we’ll happily order seconds and thirds of the ever-expanding, paper-thin steamers with succulent shrimp and verdant chives.

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  • Taiwanese
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

This sister-owned, scratch-made Taiwanese dumpling house proudly stuffs each pocket with high quality meat and produce hailing from small, sustainable family farms in upstate New York. Signature flavors like the chicken and zucchini and “mighty veggie” are available year-round, while out-of-the-box special offerings like kung pao chicken change each month. When in doubt, order the 50/50, which includes two signature flavors of your choice.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Two Bridges
  • price 1 of 4

A red-and-white color scheme covers this Chinatown dim sum spot, where dumplings (more than 24 types) are the focus. A neophyte-friendly menu is divided into categories like “fried,” “baked” and “steamed." Order the dim sum platter, where the artful array of ten items includes juicy shrimp and curry beef dumplings.

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  • Chinese
  • West Village
  • price 2 of 4

With wooden tables and red gingham seats, this perpetually packed West Village restaurant has a modern farmhouse look to match the menu. Its soup dumpling skin is made with saffron and leek, while the filling is a mix of fresh crab, pork, mushroom and yellow leeks.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

A wide variety of xiao long bao—dumplings prepared in a bamboo steamer basket—includes spicy, salty egg yolk or black truffle dumplings. The crispy pan-fried pork dumplings, which come six to an order, are a must-eat, too. They're the perfect vessel for collecting excess chili oil and tangy black vinegar.

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