We brought you the news of A-Pou’s Taste, the brand-new Taiwanese dumpling cart on Astor Place, a few weeks ago. Yesterday, we stopped by to check out their pork and beef-and-kimchi dumplings.
They’re five for $3, quite a bit more than you’ll pay in Chinatown, but not bad for the area. And they’re certainly enormous — about five inches long, with a golden sear running down their backs. But unfortunately, these dumplings do not approach the platonic ideal of cheap street eats. The skins are greasy and tough, the stuffings so indistinct that it’s hard to tell the difference between the pork and beef.
Still, with the the generous squirts of Sriracha and sweet soy, the snacks become edible, even tasty, and may do in a pinch if you find yourself on the south side of Astor Place with a insatiable craving for dumplings. The cart, which advertises itself as originally from Taiwan, also offers bubble teas, corn chowder, and hot-and-sour soup.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday
South side of Astor Place, between Fourth Avenue and Lafayette Street