Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Dumpling Man | New York

After a long morning at the Met, my friend Fernando and I were absolutely starving. When I suggested we'd go to The Dumpling Man (which he had told me about) I got an immediate "YES!" so we hopped on the subway to the East Village, in search for dumplings. It's exactly what we needed on that freezing cold and rainy day.
The Dumpling Man | New York St Marks Place

The Dumpling Man is a tiny little restaurant on St. Marks Place, the kind of place you'd walk straight by without noticing it. It's a very casual concept, you order your dumplings at the cash register and then sit down and wait while dumplings are being steamed or seared.  

The Dumpling Man | New York St Marks Place

The fun part of sitting at the "bar" is that you get to watch the women make dumplings from scratch. No shortcuts, no show, just simple cooking at its best! I'm that kind of person who loves sitting near the kitchen, to have a sneak peek of the action, so this was just perfect for me!

The Dumpling Man | New York St Marks Place

The Dumpling Man | New York St Marks Place

The Dumpling Man | New York St Marks Place

There's one vegetarian/vegan option, which is easily recognizable by its green color. It's filled with smoked tofu, shiitake mushrooms, jicama and bok choy. These dumplings are bigger than any dumplings I've ever had, so my 10-piece order was no joke. I had half seared and half steamed, and I definitely prefer the seared dumplings, it adds a little extra! The veggie dumplings are super delicious and more flavorful than I'd imagined.

The Dumpling Man | New York St Marks Place

My friend had the pork dumplings, also delicious and a real classic. 

The Dumpling Man | New York St Marks Place

I dipped the dumplings in lots of sriracha and the special dumpling sauce. Super delicious and the perfect kind of comfort food on a cold day (and not nearly as unhealthy as most comfort food).

The Dumpling Man | New York St Marks Place

The Dumpling Man | New York St Marks Place

If you're looking for a cheap and delicious meal near the East Village, look no further, The Dumpling Man has got you covered. My veggie dumplings were around $10 and you can already get 6 pieces for $6. I know that there are cheaper dumpling places in the East Village and Chinatown, but I think it'll be hard for them to live up to The Dumpling Man. I'll be back to try those famous soup dumplings!

>> 100 St. Marks Place (also available on Seamless) 

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