Blowing your mind harder than the time you found out Uncle Phil was the voice of cartoon Shredder (seriously, WTF), this guide'll school you on the fact that the Chinese aren't the only ones who make awesome dumplings. And to prove it, we're breaking down 10 doughy bundles from 10 different cuisines (so, pierogi, pelmeni, potstickers, etc.), and then offering up the best NYC option for each.
Chinese/Shanghainese: Xiao Long Bao
Shanghai Café (address and info)
Eating a soup dumpling takes skill: you don’t want to tear it and splatter its rich and salty broth everywhere, but you also don’t want to burn the roof of your mouth. Luckily, this Chinatown institution has perfected its dumplings, so that the dough is thick enough to safely make the journey from chopstick to mouth. As for the burning-your-mouth thing? You're on your own.