Excellent Dumpling House

111 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10013


  • Daily 11am-9pm
  • $
  • Delivery, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Back in the early '90s, Excellent Dumpling was one of our favorite Chinatown spots for noodles and Cantonese dumplings. It has been grandly outstripped by over a dozen other places since then, but a bit of the old zing remains, and the place is as popular as ever. The chicken dumplings are the things to get --submerged in bubbling oil and fried from top to bottom, for the extra greasiness you desire in a dumpling. The favorite noodle dish has always been rice cake: Round plugs of noodle-y material (sometimes called "wedding cake" for no apparent reason) stir fried with your choice of ingredients and heavily soy-sauced. The scallion pancakes and sulkiness of the staff recall Chinatown's old days, too, even though Thai and Shanghai flourishes have been added to the menu.


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