FoodPorn Friday: Excellent Dumpling House

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit of a creature of habit when it comes to certain things in life: walking routes with my dog, Friday night pizza delivery, and places to eat in Chinatown.  And ever since my jury duty stint 2 years ago in lower-Manhattan, the Excellent Dumpling House has remained my go-to for the latter.  I mean…an inexpensive, authentic, QUALITY Chinese place that never fails to deliver 5 days a week for an almost 2 month long trial?  Earns loyalty for life from this girl!

While always crowded, service is exceptionally speedy and I’ve never waited to get a seat as a solo diner.  Communal dining is the norm in this no-frills joint, but don’t worry, people are too busy slurping on their big bowls of noodles so conversation engagement is rare.

You’ll start with a pot of (free!) hot tea while perusing the menu.  Obviously, their excellent dumplings are a solid choice (veggie dumplings being my fave), and I’d also order a side of scallion pancakes…crispy, crunchy, and packs a punch of flavor, especially when soaked in soy sauce.  So good, so good!

They have the more traditional “Chinese lunch” (seen below) that will give you a bowl of soup, main dish, spring roll and rice for a little under $7.  Bonus points for having the best egg drop soup I’ve ever tasted…complete with corn nibbles!

Have to say…the saddest part of that trial ending was my daily lunches at the Excellent Dumpling House, so I always make a point to swing by for some bites whenever I’m in the hood.  The only thing this place is guilty of is living up to its name.

Excellent Dumping House by

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What’s the most memorable dish you’ve eaten this week?  Describe below! 

WHEREExcellent Dumpling House
111 Lafayette Street
New York, New York


 By: Jessica Tiare Bowen





  • Mmm…could do with some good Chinese right about now. Definitely a place to keep in mind when we eventually get stateside.

    Most memorable dish I’ve had this week was homemade Çiğ Köfte (raw beef meatballs) made by the hosts we we’re staying with in Sanliurfa, Turkey. Tastes a lot better than it may sound.

  • Heather says:

    We just ordered “Chinese” food a few nights ago! After all the great food we ate in China, it was hard to go back to American Chinese food at first. But I’ve come to appreciate it for its own merits :-)

    • Used York City says:

      Haha I can imagine they have very little in common! Which do you prefer more?

  • Catherine says:

    I want some Chinese now! This place sure does sound amazing :)

  • Krystle Cook says:

    I love Chinese food but sadly my husband doesn’t. I’ve been trying to convert my oldest son and it’s working so far. He loves most things I do which I’m so happy about. Especially seafood. The best thing I had this week was sushi for Mother’s Day. I bet you now can guess who ate it with me :)

    • Used York City says:

      Aww, that’s so sweet! And totally hear ya on finding mutual foods that both spouses like! I’m big on Indian but the hubby certainly doesn’t love it, so I eat it when dining solo;-)

      Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Scarlett says:

    Oh this looks gorgeous, it’s been so long since I had good Chinese food! x

  • budget jan says:

    First let me say that I love how cheap and tasty food is in NYC. We stayed in East Village in 2010 and had a dumpling shop downstairs. We walked everywhere and enjoyed lots of tasty meals. We walked through China Town too. My best meal this month was a restaurant in Townsville where we had a tasty Bug and Prawn fettucine. I wish we lived in NYC. :)

    • Used York City says:

      Yes, as bad a rap NY has for being expensive, you can certainly find some great cheap eats (that are so good!!!) That pasta sounds super interesting! Now, was it actual bug, and if so, what kind? I’m intrigued!:-)

  • When you next come to London you need to try Jens dumplings (in soho). My best meal this week has to have been our first lunch in Vilanova – costa barcelona…more to come later

    • Used York City says:

      I can’t wait to read that review, Fiona! And thanks for the tip on Jens! The hubby is over there now, so I’ll pass it along to him!

  • this sounds too great. Can they start another location? (hah!).
    I was at a local restaurant for lunch with the fam.. great shared food. a superb cocktail and then then we stopped by the local cupcake place for one for each of us. I chose raspberry with raspberry cream cheese icing. (not nearly as heavy as you think!)

    • Used York City says:

      That cupcake sounds delicious! One of these days I will post on all my favorite cupcakes!:-)

  • Maria says:

    Amazing and what choices – YUM!

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