You have until Tuesday to get your ass down to the Dumpling House in the Lower East Side for the best bang for your buck (literally) in town. This place is a downtown institution-- there was a line out the door when we went at 5pm tonight. It's closing for a month or so to expand their little operation.

For $1, you get 5 wonderfully juicy yet crispy pork and chive dumplings:

For $1.50, you get a "sesame pancake " with beef, which is a fluffy, greasy, doughy concoction filled with beef, carrots and cilantro.

Here is the dumpling lady making my sandwich (before my camera was shooed away):

They are also known for their hot and sour soup-- also $1.

This place can fit maybe 15 people max, and you can barely squeeze out the door while people wait for their dumplings. Will the expansion mean more seats and a longer bar? We will have to wait out a month to find out. I heard a guy yell "what am I going to eat for the next month? Good question.

Dumpling House
118 Eldridge Street
off Broome Street
New York, NY 10002


  • Incidentally, has anyone been to Vanessa’s Dumplings on 14th?

    tmonkey on

  • Yah, this was my JOINT for the longest time. The sesame pancakes with beef — killer. And dumplings made by Chinese ladies speaking Mandarin cannot be beat. Take-out window was critical too.

    My original blog post about it from March 2005:

    tmonkey on

  • i’ve been a few times. i think it must have been a donut shop or something before cause it has that really generic sprawling suburban feel to it. somehow that makes the dumplings taste not as good. but you’re right- can’t beat 5 dumplings for $1 with a stick!

    kayoko on

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