Sunday, March 15, 2009

Flatiron District, 23rd Street Between Sixth and Fifth Avenues

When I saw the Rickshaw Dumpling sign (see last night), I stopped short. This place was on my mental list to try . . . and hadn't I decided to do more eating on my walks? But I was supposed to meet Luka for dinner after this. What to do? You know the answer. I'll just have a taste I says to myself. In I go. Stopping only to take this shot from inside the entryway.

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I ordered the first thing I saw, Classic Pork and Chinese chive Dumplings with soy-sesame dipping sauce, because it seems the right thing to do when you're trying a new place, is to order a standard item by which to judge them. It was only later, studying the menu, that I had regrets. Peking Duck dumplings with hoisin dipping sauce? As well as . . . well you take a look.

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Minimal to a fault! Let's call it clean. The dumplings were good. Tender dough, tasty filling. Although, oddly enough, they weren't salty enough. You can get them steamed or fried, but not both, so I opted for steamed. Why, why, why? Okay, mindful of my dinner date, I stopped at three and took the other three with me.

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While sitting there, I took a shot of the ceiling.

[It wasn't really that dark but since I underexposed to get detail in the light, it came out dark and I liked it that way.]

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And the window.

Finally, here are some things I thought you should know (to mimic David Shuster):

1. Visit the Rickshaw website; it's worth it. There you will learn that there is a Rickshaw Dumpling Truck and you can check its location on Twitter.

2. I carried the dumplings, looking for a deserving, i.e., hungry person, of course, having in mind, a homeless person. There were none to be seen. But I did spy a doorman lounging at his post and I thought, I can imagine being a doorman, tied to my post, and just thinking how I'd like something to eat, but I can't go get anything and being bored and hungry, so I asked if he was hungry and said I had some fresh dumplings and he did not hesitate one nanosecond, but accepted them with thanks.

3. Luka had to cancel dinner.

See map.


B.Lewin said...

Wow, Luka canceled? You could have tried more dumplings!

Like the top shot. Am I looking through some sort of scrim?

Mary Sargent said...

See the picture below of the outside entrance? I was inside, shooting through the plastic. At least I think it was plastic. But at this point, I don't quite get it, what the lights and darks are caused by. Thanks for liking it.