Here at Vanessa’s at 118 Eldridge Street, dishes top out at $8 for handmade Beijing-style street food. The best steamed dumpling shells are filled with either boiled seafood, fried cabbage and pork, or sweet red-bean paste. Also, don’t overlook their crisp sesame pancake sandwiches of pork, beef, and vegetables. They even sell frozen dumplings to try out on your own at home.
So who cares that the interior here has a fast-foody ambiance punctuated with a striking combination of orange walls and blue light fixtures! Bring your appetite and watch as your order is prepared on the spot. You may just learn something…..so you can walk away knowing how to do more than throwing your takeaway dumplings in boiling water.
My favorite is their Basil and chicken boiled dumplings… thin, crispy bottomed dumpling skins filled with juicy chicken infused with fresh basil really hits the spot!
photo courtesy of Vanessa’s Dumplings