Food & Drink

The ultimate guide to international dumplings in NYC

Published On 06/22/2014 Published On 06/22/2014
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1. Shanghai Café 100 Mott St, New York, NY 10013 (Little Italy)

At the cusp of Chinatown and Little Italy, this longstanding staple shines with perfect soup dumplings. Not too heavy, not too soupy, the handcrafted dumplings are made with dough that's thick enough to safely make the journey from chopstick to mouth without sagging or leaking. Shanghai Café also has a solid selection of reliable plates like scallion pancakes and spring rolls, and everything is more-than-reasonably priced.

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2. Cafe Katja 79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Austrian-fare punctures the menu at this cafe. Speck, blood sausage and beef cheeks as well as liver dishes like a liverwurst with red-onion jam, are mainstays while freshly baked, soft pretzels come with a side of sweet Liptauer seasoned with onions, chives, paprika, and caraway seeds. The beer selection includes quite a bit of Austrian-imported brews as well.

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3. Talde 369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Talde showcases eponymous owner and chef Dale Talde's (of Top Chef fame) BBQ prowess in dishes like BBQ platters piled with brisket, pork shoulder, smoked bacon, shrimp, and black pepper-butter toast. Desserts swing weirdly awesome, from potato chip-crusted cookies with caramel ganache to a shaved ice sundae topped with Cap'n Crunch.

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4. Lomzynianka 646 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Although Greenpoint is well-known for its fine array of Polish restos, Lomzynianka stands out with its outstanding takes on traditional foods pierogies, borscht, and cabbage dishes.

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5. Brick Oven Bread 230 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223

This Gravesend resto dishes out delicious Georgian cuisine. And if you've never had Georgian (the country, not the state) try out their khinkali, which are dumplings hand-stuffed with spiced meat that forms a broth on the inside.

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6. The MasalaWala 179 Essex St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Think hip and fresh Indian food that mixes tradition with modern technology -- that's MasalaWala. The must-try item on the menu? The deep-fried Mumbai samosas that are stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas.

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7. Tawa Tandoor 37-56 74th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (Queens)

This Jackson Heights Indian spot may have only six seats, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with big flavor derived from a rich combination of spices and cooking techniques.

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8. Il Melograno 501 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019 (Hells Kitchen)

Authentic, straightforward, and reasonably priced Italian food is waiting for you deep in Hell’s Kitchen. All the good stuff (olive oil, mozzarella, wine) is imported from Italy, and the bread and pasta are made in-house. The menu is split between pasta dishes like veal ravioli and sausage pappardelle and meaty mains like chicken Milanese and rib-eye steak with cherry tomatoes. Il Melograno isn’t in the Theater District per se, but it’s close enough to go before a show.

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9. Cafe Glechik 3159 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

This Brighton Beach Ukranian joint serves up some well-made Russian and Ukranian dumplings (stuffed with everything from pork and beef, to sour cherries, to mozzarella and dill) alongside hearty classics like beef stroganoff.

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10. Sarge's Deli 548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016 (Midtown East)

In Midtown East stands Sarge's Deli -- the ultimate spot (or rather, institution) to get a serious deli sandwich, or a number of traditional dishes from the "hot" bar.