We recently went to Vanessa's Dumpling House, located near Union Square, for dinner. This place, located near NYU, is supposed to propose cheap Chinese food, outside of Chinatown, although a lot of restaurants there are not so cheap, enjoying the flow of tourists.
Vanessa's Dumpling House is small and you definitely can tell, looking at the customers, that it caters to students. It was packed and we were lucky to find a table after we ordered at the counter.
I wanted to try several dishes and for sure the prices drove my frenzy when ordering. What you will see below costed us $22!!!
Here is what we ate:
Fried pork dumplings (4 pieces):
They were a little burnt in the bottom, but on fact it was great! It gave some crunch!
The boiled vegetarian dumplings (8 pieces):
The boiled shrimp dumplings (8 pieces):
The boiled dumplings were very disappointing. In fact, when we sat, I noticed a doughy smell: it was these dumplings. Not only did they smell doughy, but they also tasted doughy!!!
The veggie bun (1piece):
I did not like the stuffing of the veggie bun; however, I liked the pork one. The only problem is that there was too much bun and not enough stuffing. Very filling for sure!
Last was the sesame pancake with a fried egg:
I imagined something like a scallion pancake, but it was in fact like a bread. It was very good: homey, it also contained veggies that added some flavor and juiciness to it. It was my favorite with the pork dumplings.
Although I did not like everything, I think Vanessa's Dumpling House is a good place for people on a budget. You just need to know what to order and...enjoy!
And Remember: I Just Want To Eat!