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.
|Venue name:||Mimi Cheng's Dumplings|
179 Second Ave
|Cross street:||between 11th and 12th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Sat 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–9pm; Sun 4–8pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Third Ave|
|Price:||Average entrée: $9. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V.|
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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.
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.
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.