Love dumplings in New York? There’s nothing like them, and nothing like the ones at Rickshaw Dumpling Bar! There are a lot of dumpling places in New York City, but Melody swears that Rickshaw’s are the best! The variety and quality is unbeatable – it’s not just your average dumpling experience!
My favorite dining establishments out of all of the Chelsea restaurants is actually a small dumpling place called Rickshaw Dumpling Bar. It’s on the border between Chelsea and the Flatiron District, on West 23rd Street and 6th Avenue. I work in the area and I think it’s the best spot to pop into for lunch because they’re delicious, quick, and friendly. It also makes a great place for a casual date. You can find dumplings all over this city, from Chinatown to upscale fusion restaurant menus, but Rickshaw’s are special. They have several different kinds, all freshly made. Their slogan is “Nice Dumplings”, and they more than live up to it. They put a fun spin on standard chicken or pork fillings by adding things like cabbage, ginger and lemongrass. And they have more experimental varieties as well, like Peking duck and a great vegetarian option that has an amazing edamame and lemon filling. Although the dumplings are the star, Rickshaw also does amazing salads, which have great Asian flavors like peanut sauce, citrus flavors, and bits of ginger that make your mouth happy. There are also add-ons like rice, noodles, and miso soup with so many great things in it, it puts other misos to shame. You have to get the dessert dumplings, with are small balls of dumpling dough with melted chocolate inside and black sesame seeds outside. They are insanely good! They also have a variety of special drinks like the watermelon and lemonade combination.
The people behind the counter are beyond sweet and happy to see you and offer recommendations. And the guys who cook up the food in the back are so quick, they’re generally finished by the time you stop by the counter. The atmosphere is casual, modern, and young. The store has cute and peppy haikus on the walls that will make you smile. Thus, put on your pelicans hat or rockets hat and go to the Rickshaw Dumpling Bar!