Last night, I tried a place I’d often passed, but never sampled: Dumpling Man. Located in the East Village, this place has always intrigued me with its eye-catching, adorable dumpling icon. On our way to the Public Theater to see King Lear, we wanted a quick bite to eat and Dumpling Man was perfect.
The menu is not terribly extensive. They serve veggie, pork, chicken, and pumpkin dumplings, steamed or seared. We got veggie for me, pork for Ben, and pumpkin to share. When I first took a bite of the veggie dumplings, I thought they had given me beef. I spit it out and Ben asked if they had confused our order. It turns out it was “wheat protein”. Good for you, I suppose, though I was not a huge fan. Just not what I was expecting.
The pumpkin dumplings were covered in honey and very sweet and delicious. Although it was all so filling, it was up to Ben to finish most of it.
We watched one of the women working with the dough to make the dumplings, all done in view of the diners. Very cool. Definitely a fun place for a quick bite!