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Mimi Cheng's Dumplings

Restaurants, Taiwanese East Village
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings
Photograph: Filip Wolak

Time Out says

After an unsuccessful search for Chinese-Taiwanese fusion to rival their parents' cooking, sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng unleash secret family recipes at this white-walleddumpling house, named for their mother. Handmade with organic vegetables and meat from Park Slope's Fleisher's Butcher, the ginger-and-scallion pockets come in three varieties: the pork-and-bok-choy Reinvented Classic, the kale-and-shiitake Mighty Veggie and the namesake Mimi Cheng (chicken, zucchini). The 16-seat shop runs on counter service alone, but dumpling lovers can also sit at reclaimed-wood tables to sample house-made mint lemonade and watermelon-cucumber juice, or pan-fried dessert dumplings filled with fresh banana and sprinkled with powdered sugar.



Address: 179 Second Ave
Cross street: between 11th and 12th Sts
Transport: Subway: L to Third Ave
Price: Average entrée: $9. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V.
Opening hours: Tue–Sat 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–9pm; Sun 4–8pm
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Mimi Cheng's dumplings are on point! They're quite inexpensive and the service is really quick in the Nolita location - feels like fast food but tastes so much better! They also always have a specialty dumpling even though the signature dumplings are my ultimate faves! I also liked the Spindrift sparkling seltzers they have and would definitely return to Mimi Cheng's again. 


Mimi Cheng's knows how to do dumplings. I've tried all the regular ones along with a few of the monthly specials and I have been happy every single time. Cheap, filling and delicious. I try to go whenever I'm in the area. 

I just wish this place was a bit bigger as it can be tough to get a seat, but otherwise this is a spot to keep on your radar to go back again and again. 


I have been waiting to try Mimi Cheng's for awhile now! I finally got to try the Juky special dumpling: Black Tap burger dumplings. They were delicious! The dumplings were stuffed with a black Tap burgers and blue cheese! They were topped with arugula and tomatoes! They came with a ranch filling sauce! They were awesome! I do believe they were a little overpriced though.


When I heard about Mimi Cheng's and their Taiwanese-inspired dumplings, I jumped for joy that a place like this finally arrived. Sadly, I was disappointed. First, the prices are they charge for dumplings are ridiculous. Having grown up in a Taiwanese household, I am aware of how much it costs to make dumplings and of how much you should be paying for dumplings in restaurants. I will give it to them, the dumplings are pretty tasty BUT I don't think they stand out amongst many other dumpling places in the city. I stopped by for a second time the other day eager to try their dan-dan noodles. That was a complete disappointment as it was just spicy with no other taste. I had to dump some of their secret sauce just to get some saltiness to the dish. 


I'm sitting here writing this in an actually food coma, dumpling haze as I just finished 12 of these delicious dumplings. I'd really like to focus on the November special; the 'Thanksgiving dumpling'. It includes stuffing, turkey, magic, warmth and a cranberry dipping sauce. I actually am at a loss for words right now because it was so amazing, they were warm but not too warm, filling but not uncomfortably filling, tasty but not overwhelming. Really just perfect.

Love this place! You have the option to get the dumplings fried or baked, so you have a lot of say in how you get your food. They also have vegetarian options, which is really nice. Their dessert dumplings are also delicious. The only issue with this place is that they are extremely slow in preparing your food.