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Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Lori L.Pretzel and pork dumplings at Talde

The very best dumplings in NYC

Head to these eateries for the best dumplings in NYC, from wontons to xiao long bao to classic potstickers

Written by
Dan Q Dao
,
Marion Bernstein
&
Time Out contributors
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No need to stick to one borough—the best dumplings in NYC can be eaten throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Head downtown to get your soup dumpling fix at one of the best Chinatown restaurants in the city. Exploring new neighborhoods? Take the train to Sunset Park for some of the best dim sum outside Hong Kong. And if you're really on a budget, there are plenty of options for cheap dumplings along the way.

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Best dumplings in NYC

  • Restaurants
  • Flushing
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This Flushing stalwart is tucked neatly into the basement of Golden Shopping Mall, a bustling Main Street food court. Coming at such a high volume, dumplings are almost all made-to-order, with varieties ranging from the conventional pork-and-chive to more oddball offerings like lamb-and-squash and beef-and-turnip.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Chinatown
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Although its East Broadway location shuttered without notice, dumpling fiends can rest easy knowing the new locale is back open for business on 40 Bowery. Celebrate the new digs with a plate of Lam Zhou’s famous boiled dumplings, which come piping hot with a thin layer of liquid, requiring a soup-like slurp.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • Downtown Brooklyn
  • price 2 of 4

Specializing in traditional Shanghai street food, this Fulton Mall offshoot is a much-welcomed addition to a neighborhood food scene that struggles to offer anything beyond Shake Shack. The sizeable blue crab and pork soup dumplings come four to an order, filled with a steaming hot, sweet and savory crab-pork bath sealed tight by supple dough and a distinguishing orange-hue tip.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Chinatown
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In a neighborhood teeming with hanging ducks and spareribs, this vegetarian-focused dim sum house is certainly a sight for sore eyes. The 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.

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  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Park Slope
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At his mahogany-rimmed Park Slope joint, Top Chef alum Dale Talde oversees a comparatively playful, genre-busting menu with signatures including these cheeky “pretzel” dumplings. Classic pork and chive pot stickers are burnished the same shade as the street-cart snack with egg wash and butter then dredged in coarse salt for a crunchy and rich cultural composite.

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