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Eldridge—Also Known as ‘Fuzhou Street’

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In case you’re, like, totally out of touch, Fujianese food is the all the rage these days.

Here’s what you need to know:
It’s not from Fiji.
Fuzhou (pronounced Foochow) is a city in the Fujian province, which is on the southeast coast of the People’s Republic of China.

For a little taste of Fuzhou (mostly in the form of freshly made dumplings, noodles, and fish balls), take a stroll down Eldridge Street, starting where it splits off Division.

Here’s some of what you’ll find:

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The pork-and-chive dumplings at Fu Zhou Cuisine are smooth and slippery and damn tasty.

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The making of the dumplings at another restaurant called Fu Zhou Cuisine. The filling is nearly equal parts pork-to-chive, which gives these babies a little sweetness and a light consistency.

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We made friends with a guy who got the cooks to give us a dumpling/fish ball soup combo, which is not actually on the menu. It cost $3. Always talk to strangers.

And here’s a little round-up, but there’s more where that came from:

Fu Zhou Cuisine (top)
15 Eldridge Street
(212) 343-0548

Young City Fish Balls
21A Eldridge Street
(646) 274-9702

Sheng Wang
27 Eldridge Street
212-925-0805

Best Fu Zhou Restaurant
71A Eldridge Street
(212) 219-3328

Fu Zhou Cuisine
118 Eldridge Street
(212) 965-1560

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