Tasty Dumpling is a tiny hole in the wall dumpling place on Mulberry in Chinatown. I can see the yellow awning from my office window, making it incredibly convenient. Luckily, it’s not only convenient but also DELICIOUS. Don’t be fooled and/or freaked out by the crappy interior – they make a mean dumpling and one hell of a pork pancake. I don’t have any pics of the pork and chive dumps (5 for $1.25) but I do have a picture of the pancake, which is essentially just a giant dumpling ($1.50).
Looks tasty doesn’t it? That’s because it is. The filling is pork and cabbage. It’s juicy, meaty, and gets an added kick from the Sriracha I doused it with. The dough is definitely thicker than the dumpling skins but that’s a good thing because the pancake is extra juicy. It’s big enough to fill you up but not so big that you feel sick afterwards and for $1.50 that is an extremely cheap lunch. Booya.
I know, I write about sandwiches a lot on here. I can’t help it. I love them. And they love me. Which is why the Sandwich a Day column at Serious Eats is my favorite blog ever. A different sandwich in NYC every day? Count me in. I frequently use the column to find decent places to eat around my office and recently I stumbled across their post about Bluebird Sky. I was intrigued because it’s ridiculously close to where I work and I had never seen it before.
Bluebird Sky feels like it should be on a bustling trendy corner somewhere in the West Village but instead it’s on a deserted street on the edge of Chinatown and SoHo. It’s light, spacious, and the perfect place to spend your afternoon with some food, coffee, and a good book. I’ve only been there twice now but I don’t think this place gets real busy, which makes it very relaxing – something that you don’t often find in Manhattan. A cute place, with good food, that isn’t jam-packed with people 24 hours a day? This could be a gem!
Sausage & Broccoli Rabe
The first time I went I ordered the sandwich with sausage and broccoli rabe. I had high hopes for this. I love the sausage and broccoli rabe combo and they made everything to order. I watched them cook up the sausage, heat the broccoli rabe with some garlic, real pepperoncini, and olive oil and lovingly place it on a delicious looking roll. However, by the time I got back to my office (a 5 minutes walk) the sandwich was totally soggy. UGH. Such a disappointment. The bread did not stand up to the fillings at all. I assume this wouldn’t have happened if I had eaten the sandwich at the shop but I still expect better from any place that offers take out. The sausage and broccoli rabe were decent, they didn’t blow me away but I’m sure part of that was how let down I was by that soggy bread.
Mozzarella & Avocado sandwich
Moving on. I went back to give this place another shot because it seems too good to pass up. This time I went with the mozzarella sandwich. Winner. It comes with avocado, red onion, and a light vinaigrette. The mozz was creamy, with a slight saltiness and the avocado was perfectly ripe. It’s a pretty mellow sandwich, flavor wise, but it all comes together so well. I just kept thinking “I dont’ want this sandwich to end.” Each sandwich also comes with a lightly dressed salad. It’s a nice touch but nothing special.
They also have some really tasty looking breakfast options here. Perhaps one morning when I have some extra time I’ll check it out on my way to work.