A map and rundown of the best dumplings in New York, from Manhattan's Chinatown to Flushing's Chinatown to Sunset Park's Chinatown – and a few more in between for good measure. This is how you do dumplings in NYC.
A classic NYC establishment, you're here for soup dumplings, also known as Xiao Long Bao, also known as XLB. Waiters pretty much assume you want these when you sit down, so don't be intimidated by the shared tabletops. Just nod with a smile and say "crab and pork please."
Nice Green Bo66 Bayard St.
Sometimes the line over at Joe's can get annoying, but luckily Nice Green Bo is around the corner with killer soup dumplings of their own. We're partial to Joe's version, but these are no slouch and will warm you up (scald your mouth) just fine. If you need something else on your table, go for the mushroom and spinach lo mein.
A new entry into the dumpling category, Mimi Cheng's is a really good option outside of Chinatown. Go for their signature chicken and zucchini dumplings, though the vegetable version is worth a spin, too. A much cuter space than most others on this list, so pencil it in for a dumpling date night.
Dim sum can be a lot of things – chicken feet, pork buns, completely unidentifiable jelly desserts – but it ALWAYS means dumplings. You'll find a lot of shumai-style bites here. Just be sure to eat 100 of the shrimp variety.
Another hole in the wall in Chinatown, this place does a great fried pork and chive dumpling.
99% bar, 1% restaurant. But that 1% is dumplings, served alongside cheap shots and cold cans of beer, so it goes a long way. This isn't the best dumpling in the city, but it may be the best way to eat one – while drunk, playing pool on a leopard print table.
These might not be the best-known dumplings in Chinatown. But we think they might just be the best. And some of the cheapest. Despite the name, dumplings are the main draw here, though the noodles are solid too. This is a dingy little place, but get 10 boiled dumplings for $3 and you won't look back.
Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns RamenHell's Kitchen / Midtown / Midtown West / Times Square
811 8th Ave.
Skip the ramen, head to KFLSBR for the steamed buns or soup dumplings. These are Midtown's finest, and they'll fix you up right for a weekday lunch.
This place is a potentially controversial inclusion because of the price and long waits you'll face to get them. But if you don't mind shelling out $12-14 on 4 dumplings, Red Farm has a stellar "dim sum" lineup that should not be overlooked. Be sure to get the four mushroom dumplings and the crab and pork soup variety. If you want some fun, have a Pac Man dumpling too.
A small stall in the well-known Golden Shopping Mall out in the heart of Flushing. This place has a crazy number of filling options, but if you only want one, go with the famous lamb and green squash variety. Boiled and juicy, they come $5 for 12, because, you know, $5 should get you more food than you can handle. One of Flushing's crown jewels, these are an absolute must for any dumpling enthusiast.
You are getting wontons out here, not dumplings, but they are the same thing for our purposes. Go with the wontons in chili oil. They aren't so hot that anybody needs worry, and for those of you who want extra kick, just be upfront and ask the nice lady behind the counter to hit the heat heavy. She may or may not oblige, but at least you tried.
This place is a full-fledged restaurant, so feel free to order more than just the soup dumplings that they're known for (scallion pancake with beef, if you're undecided). Everything here is GOOD. Don't be surprised by a modest line if you show up on the weekend.
Boiled, not fried, is the way to go out here. We like the ones stuffed with pork and leek, for a change of pace. Can only have so much chive, ammiright?
This place is just outside the main part of Main Street in Flushing in a newer mall. It's easily the most fancy and clean of the Flushing bunch, and you can get creative with our options. Pork and chive, lamb and green squash are just the tip, with shrimp and cucumber, pork with corn, and even dessert dumplings like sweet pear. Expect lines. Do it anyway.
We don't have a favorite way to dumpling out at Pacificana, Sunset Park Chinatown's premier dim sum spot, so do whatever feels right. Boiled, fried, soup, it all works. Just make sure you eat a lot of things filled with shrimp. Pro tip: be sure to come early, because they will run out of the good stuff by 1 p.m., if not earlier.
Venturing into "fusion" dumplings can be scary. But Talde does a great job keeping the filling original – pork and chive – despite using a pretzel wrapping and serving spicy mustard as a dipping sauce. Maybe not for the purists out there, but anybody who loves good dumplings will love these all the same.