Vanessa's

Vanessa's Dumpling House

Dumpling Restaurant and Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Jenny C.
    Jenny Cheng1 week ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Inexpensive and flavorful dumplings! The spicy wontons and sesame pancakes go well together.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Tim C.
    Tim Chin2 weeks ago
    Fantastic dumplings that don't break the wallet. Service was great. Just a bit crowded
  • David S.
    David Smith2 weeks ago
    We had veg dumplings but it is probably better for meat eaters
  • David S.
    David Smith2 weeks ago
    We had to get veg dumpling
  • Nora B.
    Nora Benson3 weeks ago
    Peking duck sandwich thing was 🔥🔥🔥
  • Carly T.
    Carly ToddJune 28
    Really good food but the women who work here are a bunch of cunt bags
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedJune 13
    Vanessa's makes these incredible sesame pancakes that are basically like fried bread stuffed with either pickled veggies or egg and pickled cucumber. Read more
  • Mike S.
    Soup is nothing special
  • しほ👓 .
    Ambience wise, much better here than 14th St. location.
  • Lila T.
    Lila TafApril 9
    Amazing and super cheap asian food! I had the vegetarian dumplings and the vegan sesame pancake sandwich and they were both a dream. All my friends were also satisfied with their meat choices! A must!
  • Lucia L.
    Lucia LuMarch 30
    Amazing value for money! I ordered potstickers and 3 steam fried buns for $ 3 in total 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼
  • Damiano C.
    It remains an institution.
  • Josh C.
    Josh CoeMarch 14
    My go-to spot for any situation. Open during the blizzard.
  • Josh C.
    Josh CoeFebruary 17
    The fried dumplings are my religion.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaFebruary 7
    This place is a madhouse for lunch. Good cheap eats and good quality food. The sesame pancake with pork is excellent.
  • Tansy A.
    Tansy ArronJanuary 31
    Pork buns! And dumplings! And $10 to feed 2+ people??
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨January 25
    Order the veggie sesame pancake with a side of kimchi for a cheap-o dinner under $5
  • Alex Y.
    Alex YeJanuary 23
    Their fried dumplings and their beef pancakes
  • RC
    RCJanuary 19
    By far the best dumplings I've ever tasted. Both boiled & fried dumplings are equally so delicious.
  • Irina
    IrinaJanuary 16
    Try Sesame pancake w Szechuan style beef sauce, chive and pork dumplings - they both have strong yummy flavours!
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZhongJanuary 12
    Decent dumplings. I liked the boiled pork dumplings a fair amount and the pork/shrimp dumplings were ok.
  • Diana H.
    Delicious, cheap dumplings, kimchi, and other bites. Quick, divey sit-down (or take-out) with substantial, comforting dumpling goodness.
  • Jarel H.
    Jarel HillDecember 26, 2016
    Scallion pancakes are unreal
  • IrmaZandl T.
    Really wanted to love this place - came highly recommended from foodie ppl but not my taste. I like my dumplings a little fancier. And wontons a little less spicy
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah O'ConnellNovember 26, 2016
    Pork and chive! Scallion pancake
  • Timothy H.
    Timothy HongNovember 25, 2016
    Pork and choice dumplings were great!
  • Dustin
    DustinNovember 18, 2016
    Pork & chive dumplings in soup is the best wintertime lunch.
  • Angela L.
    Angela LinNovember 8, 2016
    Peking duck sandwich is delicious! Make sure having it right away
  • Kenneth L.
    Kenneth LuNovember 3, 2016
    Sesame pancakes and dumplings yum!
  • PureWow
    PureWowNovember 2, 2016
    Yep, our favorite thing here just happens to be meat-free, filled with perfectly seasoned mushrooms, carrots and bok choy. Tip: Grab a bag of frozen whole-wheat vegetable dumplings on your way out. Read more
  • Adriana K.
    Adriana KaegiNovember 1, 2016
    eat there at least 2x per week or take out or delivery always fresh and good and affordable
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinNovember 1, 2016
    Quite cheap, but soup dumplings are meh and there are better spots
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyOctober 4, 2016
    Oh mama. It's hard to mess up soup dumplings but these are tops just because of how cheap and filling an order is. Hangover heaven.
  • Keith L.
    Keith LeaSeptember 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The sesame "focaccia" style bread is really fluffy and fun
  • David M.
    David MolnarSeptember 23, 2016
    go .its all good! and cheap
  • Prang V.
    Prang VejjajivaSeptember 2, 2016
    Fried dumpling
  • Owen H.
    Owen HerterichAugust 28, 2016
    Delicious, and really cheap. One of my fave quick bites in the city. Try the sesame pancake with duck.
  • Amy
    AmyAugust 18, 2016
    Super cheap dumpling house, 2 beers and so much food for under $20.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestAugust 11, 2016
    Vanessa's, offers dirt cheap dumplings and New York's best sesame pancakes. Grab a full meal (we're talking a pancake, dumplings and beer) for less than $10. Read more
  • Grace K.
    Grace KwanJuly 31, 2016
    Slow service, but great cheap eats. The chili wontons are very spicy. If you're in a rush, also try the dumplings at the store on the corner next door – basically no wait, but still delicious!
  • Mat B.
    Mat BrownJuly 14, 2016
    please be advised that the dumplings in spicy sauce are 0% fucking around
  • Andreas G.
    Andreas GrasshoffJuly 11, 2016
    Fast, cheap and fresh.
  • Alexander D.
    Alexander DubovoyJuly 10, 2016
    Super cheap and very good
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan CuartasJune 9, 2016
    Dumplings! Super cheap! No where to sit if you are in a group though
  • Steven
    StevenJune 3, 2016
    Pork and chives = best. Also a fan of the chicken and basil. Cheap and easy.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SheldonMay 14, 2016
    The duck pancake sandwich is the best thing on the menu!
  • Saul S.
    Saul ShanabrookMay 11, 2016
    Prices have gone up recently
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaMay 8, 2016
    Do yourself a favor and order the pecking duck sesame pancake.
  • Dayton L.
    Dayton LeongMay 6, 2016
    Dumpling Skin is too thick
  • G
    GMay 2, 2016
    Pass on the chicken dumplings. Pork and chives are delicious and the duck sandwich!!
  • Neha S.
    Neha SebastianApril 18, 2016
    Worth the wait!
  • Luc D.
    Luc DoanApril 11, 2016
    Dumplings were good. The black bean noodle dish was not that great.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KatanMarch 28, 2016
    I have dreams about these dumplings
  • Harry R.
    Harry RaymondMarch 22, 2016
    Unbelievably cheap meal. You can eat like a king for $5. Try the Peking duck sandwich, dumplings and pork buns.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillMarch 21, 2016
    My choice for dumplings in The City. Order extra because you will want more.
  • Amber
    AmberMarch 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Peking Duck sesame pancake is only available at the location on Eldridge. Worth the trek. Also, the coconut boba is solid.
  • Hunter N.
    Hunter NewmanMarch 14, 2016
    The dumplings obvi. The fried dumplings are done in a breaded way (not sticky) that is a little disappointing but they are delicious and a change from the norm.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammMarch 12, 2016
    Scallion pancake with egg for breakfast. Scallion pancake with duck for dinner. Dumplings for always.
  • Karan T.
    Karan TamhaneFebruary 28, 2016
    Order the pork and chive fried dumplings if you want something great and fast. Veggie dumplings took forever.
  • Abhishek S.
    Abhishek ShuklaFebruary 12, 2016
    Dumplings with spicy sauce!
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithFebruary 12, 2016
    dumplings with the spicy sauce are the ones just because finely chopped fresh garlic and heaps of scallion and yes. also don't sleep on the beef soup. ++ #peoplewatching galore. *every*1 is in here.
  • Marlynn W.
    Marlynn WestFebruary 3, 2016
    Veggie Dumplings
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PerleJanuary 31, 2016
    The dumplings, what else?!
  • Joey T.
    Joey TJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheap dumplings
  • Stacy T.
    Stacy TseJanuary 20, 2016
    Frozen dumplings available
  • Simon S.
    Simon SunJanuary 7, 2016
    Get number 1. A lot of them. They're delicious.
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HJanuary 2, 2016
    Pros: pork dumplings, sesame pork pancakes are delicious. Cons: It can get very crowded with not enough seats. We ate outside the restaurant.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GallagherJanuary 2, 2016
    Can't beat taking home 50 dumplings for $10.
  • Ryan Z.
    Ryan ZhangDecember 31, 2015
    Chili oil boiled dumplings are 🔑s to success
  • Jeff F.
    Jeff ForbesDecember 12, 2015
    Great (cheap!) dumplings, but before you go to those pork and chive, give the wontons in spicy sauce a go. They're a bit more expensive, but totally worth it.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengNovember 21, 2015
    4 dumplings for $1! Sesame pancakes are delicious
  • Suzie K.
    Suzie KronbergerNovember 20, 2015
    Basil and chicken dumpling, pork and chive dumplings
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanNovember 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A full meal for under $5! Try the pork sandwich and the boiled dumplings!
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyNovember 8, 2015
    A NYC staple. Cheap, delicious, handmade dumplings. It doesn't get any better than this
  • Sam O.
    Sam OriachNovember 3, 2015
    You can never go wrong with dumplings from here. Tbh I prefer to buy their frozen dumplings and make them at home.
  • Sahil K.
    Sahil KathawalaNovember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    8 amazing dumplings for $4. Best deal in the area
  • Preston A.
    Preston AlfredOctober 30, 2015
    Dumplings, Sesame Pancakes and soups are all very good and super cheap.
  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GluckOctober 26, 2015
    The fried pork buns and pork sesame pancakes (more like a sandwich) are the best things on the menu.
  • Kien N.
    Kien NguyenOctober 19, 2015
    A solid late night eat option and the dumplings are super cheap!!
  • Kenneth K.
    Kenneth KaadtmannOctober 19, 2015
    Must go here at least once. Everytime you visit NYC
  • Ksenia D.
    Ksenia DukalisOctober 14, 2015
    Cheap and tasty
  • Michaela H.
    Michaela HanakovaOctober 6, 2015
    Well it is quite ok place to eat. Not as great as expected. Get chicken dumplings with parsley!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanOctober 4, 2015
    Wonton takes a while to make so prepare to wait.
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterSeptember 27, 2015
    Celebrating National Dumpling Day w/ fried pork & chive + boiled veggie dumplings!
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterSeptember 26, 2015
    Great bang-for-your-buck boiled veggie & fried chive & pork dumplings & roast beef sesame pancake. Try a lychee smoothie & avoid the sushi.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningSeptember 19, 2015
    Made in house and very tasty. Chive and pork are a steal. Cucumbers are crunchy. Stick with meat bases fillings.
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RayleSeptember 15, 2015
    Good for the price! The pork dumplings were definitely superior to the seafood and veg ones--the latter didn't taste so fresh.
  • Kiki V.
    Kiki VassolerSeptember 6, 2015
    Pork Buns!
  • Anastasia E.
    Anastasia EnotAugust 31, 2015
    Very cheap but also extremely tasty! Take dumplings with hot sauce, it's amazing (but spicy so beware!). Kimchi is great. 12 pork dumplings+kimchi+red bean bun=$8.50 and it was a lot of food I can say
  • David L.
    David LiuAugust 29, 2015
    I will come again for the juicy pork dumplings
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanAugust 23, 2015
    so cheap so good, cop bok choy
  • Saul S.
    Saul ShanabrookAugust 23, 2015
    Cheap dumplings. Tasty
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerAugust 10, 2015
    Quick, tasty and cheap. You can also buy 'em frozen and make dumplings at home.
  • Avital M.
    Avital MuthAugust 9, 2015
    go down the street to prosperity dumpling
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintAugust 8, 2015
    Go in with 5$, leave with change and a full stomach. Amazing. I've been coming here for years - it never disappoints.
  • Katie E.
    Katie EytchAugust 7, 2015
    It's all about the sesame pancake! Dumplings are good but you'll never have a sesame pancake this good anywhere else.
  • Jaime S.
    Jaime ScatenaAugust 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Good & cheap food in the LES. Beware not to order too much food! Sesame pancakes are like sandwiches, large enough. On order of fried buns on the side and you are set!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonJuly 20, 2015
    If you're a big fan of tuna salad like me, you're gonna love the tuna salad on a sesame pancake.
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroJuly 18, 2015
    For being ranked #2 in NYC for dumplings, I was expecting something tastier. BUT, you can't beat 4 dumplings for $1.25! The pork and chive ones were just okay.
  • Gaby K.
    Gaby KirschnerJuly 7, 2015
    Fried dumplings are much better than the steamed dumplings - go for those and a sesame pancake for the cheapest fill in the city (besides $1 pizza).
  • Mikaela
    MikaelaApril 23
    Sandwich de pato!!!! 😍
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