If you thought that dumplings were perfect, you were wrong. It’s okay, we were all taken aback when Mimi Cheng’s hit the scene. Sisters Marian and Hannah Chang have proved in the short year that they’ve been open that none of us knew how ethereal dumplings can be.

These triangular dumplings are made fresh to order in a space that’s Ikea meets Uniqlo – bright, modern, and casual. It’s filled with 20 somethings instagramming everything in sight at the large communal table. This isn’t a great space for a stroller but it’s perfect for a tablet to watch an episode of “Halt and Catch Fire” while you chow down on some serious dumplings. They are a little pricier than the cheapest spots in Chinatown, but let’s be honest – they are also higher end and served in a much more attractive setting.

Mimi Cheng’s Dumpling Low Down

Pork dumplings – crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. Packed with soft, juicy pork and a smidge of garlic. These are amazingly non-greasy – they are crispy without and juicy within, but you can eat ah amazingly large amount of them without feeling weighed down.

Taco dumplings – if these are the daily special, by all means get them. Beefy, cumin scented, and served with a drizzle of crema and sliver of spicy radish. These are a savory, indulgent packet of all of the taco goodness that you crave. They are aggressively seasoned and go great with Mimi’s special sauce.

Mimi’s secret sauce – spicy, salty, umami. Nutty, savory, tangy. Bring a straw.

Dessert dumplings – filled with dark chocolate and coconut and topped with whipped cream. It’s a molten, gooey hit of dark, deep chocolate in a crispy wrapper. Yeah, it’s fantastic.

Mimi Cheng's
Mimi Cheng's

Mimi Cheng’s has dumplings for the cook kid set. They are a good value for a great product, presented in a lovely space, and even offer dumpling making classes. This dumpling makeover is one that will stick.

Mimi Cheng’s – Website
179 Second Avenue, New York, NY

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