NYC Dining: Fried Dumpling


Fried Dumpling
106 Mosco St, New York, NY
(212) 693-1060

Fried Dumpling
99 Allen Street, New Yor, NY
(212) 941-9975

I love a good food bargain — and probably one of the best in Chinatown is at Fried Dumpling, on Mosco Street (the original branch is on Allen) next to the quite excellent Bangkok Center Grocery. Here you can get five big juicy pork and scallion pan fried dumplings for a whole dollar. There’s a scant few stools where you can eat your meal on a shelf on the wall inside, or if the weather is nice, you can take your paper plate of piping hot dumplings outside and eat Al Fresco, which is what we chose to do during Spring Taste of Chinatown.

The Fried Dumpling store on Mosco Street in Chinatown.

Dumplings are being rolled out, cut and filled at a breakneck pace here.

Here they are, five for a dollar, served on a paper plate.

Dumpling Closeup. I don’t advise doing this because the dumplings are burning hot — use the plastic fork and eat them on the plate.

Dumpling cross-section.

11 Responses to NYC Dining: Fried Dumpling

  1. spamwise says:

    You know, I was just thinking of satisfying a dumpling craving a few minutes ago.

  2. janelle says:

    i’m a fan of dumpling house on eldridge. you can get 5 fried for $1 or 10 boiled.

  3. Tim says:

    I ain’t trying to hate on Fried Dumpling, they are pretty good, but it seems like every time someone decides to write about 5/$1 dumplings they always ignore the aforementioned Dumpling House. The dumplings are great but even better is their sesame pancake with beef ($1.50). Combining the two makes for a fantastic, cheap, though not particularly healthy, meal. Plus, the place is almost always busy so the dumpling turnover is high. Some of the times I’ve been to FD (on Allen), they just pick up five from a huge pile. They’re still tasty, but not quite as fresh. Not as sure about the quality of Mosco (I’ve only been once).

  4. Thanks Tim, I’ll check it out.

  5. I love these dumplings, they need to come out with a breakfast version.

  6. cynthia says:

    I normally really don’t eat at Allen street resturants because I personally think the resturants are not sanitized. One time my friend ordered something and found a cockroach on top of his plate. There are really good resturants that I normally go to on Mott Street, way better and cheaper.

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  8. Aparna says:

    Do you know if they have non-pork (i.e. vegetarian) dumplings at Fried Dumpling?

  9. Dyinglikeflies says:

    The Fried Dumpling outlet on Allen Street does a decidedly better job. The ones on Mosco are greasier (less expertly prepared). I’ve been to both many times, and Mosco is closer, but am willing to walk the extra half mile. As for freshness, the closer to classic lunch time, the better the turnover and consequently the fresher the product. Dumpling House is fine but not as good as the Allen Street spot.

  10. Cathy says:

    Thanks for the photos — I’m hungry! I always go to the dumpling place on Mosco St. to pick up a bag of frozen dumplings at $5 a pop. It’s so reassuring to know they’re in my freezer and a delicious meal can be 5 minutes away at any time!

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