Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I've been curious about Kenny Lao and his dumplings ever since watching him look for the restaurant's space (what was the name of that show? Did anyone else see it?) Yet, as we all know, I can't pass up Shake Shack for dumplings. I don't care if they're made of chocolate, gold, and fairy dust; in my world, there's only one restaurant on 23rd Street. Plus, I avoid NYU at all costs, so that location's out too.
So color me intrigued when I heard that Kenny was taking Rickshaw on the road. I have to say, I haven't heard good reviews of Kenny and Anita's dumplings, but Midtown is a dumpling wasteland, so any dumplings, even average dumplings, are welcome dumplings. Maybe. Depending on who you ask. But I wanted dumplings, and they were there, and I went. I got the pork and chives.
$6 (or 4 shares of Fannie Mae) poorer, I had 6 dumplings. Only 6. They went fast. I was hitting up the vending machine by 3. What can I say? I'm fat and need more than 6 dumplings to keep me alive through the afternoon. The insides were crunchy and tasted fresh, but it could definitely benefit from tastier pork and more of it. You NEEDED to dip each bite in the sauce, otherwise it tasted too bland for even me. The seal was too thick and big for my liking.
Was I born to love these? No. Did they appease my dumpling craving? Yes. Will I get these again? Probs. I'm a sucker for a big truck.
Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
2 Locations: West 23rd Street and East 8th Street
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