Dim Sum at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

 Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

As we were craving dim sum, we went on the internet to find a place in Chinatown: that is how we ended up at Oriental Garden, on Elizabeth street. I admit that the entrance, with the trash in the front, was not that appealing, but you know, this is part of the charm of Chinatown.

 Dining room at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Dining room at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Decor wise, it had nothing special, besides the big dragons in the back, as well as the fish tanks at the entrance, where live animals guarantee the freshness of the ingredients. 

 Tea at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Tea at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

After sipping some tea, we ordered a selection of dim sum. Jodi was more inclined to order vegetarian ones, so we got:

Fried Vegetarian rolls:

 Fried vegetarian rolls at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Fried vegetarian rolls at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

And crispy tofu:

 Crispy tofu at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Crispy tofu at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

These two dishes were disappointing: first, the vegetarian rolls had meat in it, I guess pork and it was quite greasy. Then, the tofu had something in it that might have been shrimp. I know: it is scary to think that there was something not easy to identify in it...

On my side, I was glad that I ordered the shrimp dumplings, an all time favorite.

 Shrimp dumpling at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Shrimp dumpling at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

 Shrimp dumpling at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Shrimp dumpling at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

It was a good dish, although the dumpling was stuck to the paper and broke...

I also got the fried crab claw that was decent, the crab taste being a bit hidden by some fillers.

 Fried crab claw at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Fried crab claw at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Last, we shared steamed pork dumplings that were quite good:

 Steamed pork dumplings at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

Steamed pork dumplings at Oriental Garden in Chinatown - New York, NY

This was an ok dinner for me and a very disappointing one for Jodi who really wanted some vegetarian dishes. Would I go back? No, I definitely prefer The Golden Unicorn over Oriental Garden.

Enjoy (...)!

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