The sisters behind Mimi Cheng's, Hannah and Marian Cheng, know the secret to authentic and delicious Taiwanese-Chinese food: home cooking. The dumpling focused restaurant is appropriately named after their mother, who inspired the menu, and uses only high-quality, sustainable, and organic ingredients. You can order at the counter and then settle into a communal table, or if you're lucky, snag a seat by the window.
A favorite for Taiwanese dumplings, the Nolita location of Mimi Cheng's is close enough to the glowing ‘Little Italy’ sign that you could hit it with one of the steaming morsels. Three classics (chicken & zucchini, pork & cabbage with bok choy, and an egg & veggie medley of kale, shiitakes, zucchini, and carrots) are the stars of bento boxes that you can pair with bottled kombucha. The white-walled, fast-casual space has a comfortable air with window and outdoor seating. Whether you order the dumplings boiled or fried, be sure to dip them: the addictive ‘secret sauce’ has a tongue-tickling zing.