China Town Adventures
This weekend I decided I really needed a New York adventure. The great thing about New York is that it can be really easy to go to the city without your wallet taking a hit. We live close enough that we can take a $3.00 bus ride in, walk around all day for free, grab lunch, and come back for pretty cheap. This past Saturday was still cloudy here on the East coast, but just warm enough for me to handle a nice stroll through downtown.
Walking around downtown Manhattan is one of my favorite things to do. Usually I like a good walk through SoHo and the Village, but this time I was itching to discover China Town. I have been there once or twice, but have never soaked in the full experience. We walked all through Canal Street and I bought a gorgeous pashmina I had my eye on for the bargain price of $4.00! You can’t beat Canal!
Then my boyfriend and I got hungry and he couldn’t wait to take me to one of his favorite dumpling houses in China Town, Joe’s Shanghai. Joe’s Shanghai is a tiny hole-in-the-wall that was renowned for their dumplings. If you see a restaurant in China Town with a huge crowd around the door, you can safely assume the food will be amazing. There was a 20 minute wait to get a table at Joe’s, but we were starving and excited. I love a good dumpling, and it brings back fond memories of Taiwan.
Warning to all vegetarians- Joe’s Shanghai leaves much to be desired. I told my boyfriend to just order all the food we could eat, and went to the bathroom. Upon return I found out that Joe’s Shanghai does not serve ANY vegetarian dumplings, not one. HUGE disappointment. I know that Asian restaurants try to be very authentic, but in this modern culture, not having a vegetarian version of your specialty is a huge oversight. On top of that, half of the dishes my boyfriend ordered that appeared to be vegetarian actually had meat in them. Basically I just sat in starvation craving dumplings and watching my boyfriend eat. We decided the only way to turn the meal around would be to find another dumpling place and make it a crawl!
I googled ‘dumplings in China Town’ and the first place to show up, even before Joe’s Shanghai was Prosperity Dumpling. The yelp reviews looked great so we walked across China Town looking for it. Prosperity Dumpling is actually on the other side of a park between Hester and Canal, when you start crossing over into the residential area. It was starting to look very….residential…when we saw the sign for Prosperity Dumplings, and a huge crowd around the restaurant. There was actually people standing eating dumplings in bowls out on the street. When I said that Joe’s Shanghai was a hole-in-the-wall, I was exaggerating. It is a very no-frills restaurant. When I say that Prosperity Dumpling is a hole-in-the-wall, I mean it’s basically a food stand indoors.
The dumplings at Prosperity were amazing! They taste just like the dumplings that I had in Taiwan, delicious! It’s definitely off the beaten path, but for a vegetarian dumpling fan, I would highly recommend it!
China town is pretty crowded on the weekend, but it’s a true New York experience. Afterwards we walked uptown through SoHo, my favorite overpriced area to walk around, and then finally caught a subway by Washington Square Park. A day in the city is like food for the soul– there is nowhere like NY!