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Vanessa’s Dumpling House

Restaurants, Chinese Lower East Side
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Vanessa's Dumpling House
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Elsa C.

Time Out says

As diminutive as its namesake nibbles, this pot-sticker pit stop with just a few seats serves five chive-and-pork dumplings, fried or steamed, for a buck. If you want them vegetarian, you’ll have to splurge and spend $2, but then you get eight of the tasty morsels. Fifty cents buys a sesame pancake the size of a pizza wedge. Even on rainy nights, a motley throng of Lower East Siders and Chinatown moms overflows onto the street, congregating below the cupola-shaped awning to order from the street-side window.



Address: 118 Eldridge St
New York
Cross street: between Broome and Grand Sts
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average main course (8 dumplings): $2. Cash only
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am–10:30pm
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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Cheap and tasty! Just wish they would make fried veggie dumplings! The sesame pancake is HUGE for only a $1. Service is not the friendliest, but they are efficient! Something was weird about the soy sauce though, might be because they reuse siracha bottles! Overall though, a deserving NYC staple! 


Any place that can put me into a foodcoma for under $10 immediately gets my attention, ESPECIALLY when the food inducing the coma is also ridiculously delicious, as is the case here. I first discovered Vanessa's in college in search of cheap eats with fellow broke classmates/friends, and ever since then it has been a source of nostalgic binge-eating for me. The Peking Duck pancake/sandwich, pork buns, and pork dumplings (duh) are must-tries. Top it off with a bubble milk tea (I recommend Taro) - you definitely won't be disappointed with Vanessa's.

This is one of the most popular dumpling places in NYC and usually that's a reason NOT to go, but for Vanessa's, the opposite is true. It's popular for a reason - not only are the dumplings some of the best that exist in the world (okay, I can't confirm this but it HAS to be true) but the scallion pancake sandwich is truly a unique (and incredibly delicious) culinary experience. But do make sure you get both (and I recommend fried over steamed dumplings). Also it's super cheap!

“Who Says You Can't Get Good Food in NYC On The Cheap”

Are you hungry, don't have many shekels? Vanessa's Dumpling House on 14th St in Manhattan is the place for you. The menu is varied, but you can get two types of Dumplings priced at $1.59 for 4. $3.18 for 8 dumplings that will fill you up. If you have a little more "bread" try the Sesame Pancake sandwiches, or anything on the menu. Its all great. They also have a location on South Bedford in Williamsburg which is just as good. I live in Alabama and NYC, Vanessa's Dumplings is just as good as nmy wife's Garlic Cheese Grits

This is definitely the best dumpling joint in NYC.  It's kind of an institution, so it's no secret, and the lines are par for the course, but it's totally worth the wait.  Also, the staff are rude and sometimes make mistakes and give you the wrong food.  That's almost always a nonstarter for me, but it's not in this case, and that should say a LOT about how great their dumplings are!  First of all, the dumplings are huge.  Way bigger than normal, and 2-3 times bigger than Prosperity Dumpling.  PD is also good, and super cheap, but just no where as tasty as VDH.  Speaking of price, this place also isn't the cheapest.  As mentioned, PD is cheaper, but since they are dumplings, they are obviously still cheap.  Put up with the staff, and lines, and you'll be happy you went!