Chi Dumpling House 77 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002

Tiny hole in the wall restaurant that serves the best pork and chive dumplings and other cheap eats.

Chi Dumpling House

77 Chrystie Street

New York, NY  10002

Telephone: (212) 219-8850

Open: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm

My review on TripAdvisor: Sunday-Saturday-10:00am-10:00pm


I have been to Chi Dumpling House (formerly the C & L Dumpling-sign still stands out front) several times for meals and have enjoyed the food at the restaurant.

It is truly ‘bare’ bones in its appearance. There are a few small tables in the restaurant but it is not most attractive place to eat at in Chinatown. It is a ‘workers’ type of restaurant where the employees from other restaurants come for a meal after work. The inside is more for take-out and the tables are for a quick meal. Many people taking the bus a few doors down from the restaurant came here the days  I visited for a quick snack or take out food for the ride.

What the restaurant lacks in appearance it makes up in food and in the prices. There is no better deal than Chi Dumpling House. Their well know for their Pan-Fried Dumplings (five for $1.50) and the dumplings are the best. They are large, plump and full a nicely spiced dumpling mixture, lightly wok fried and are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. If you don’t like the doughy type of dumplings these are not for you. They are filling and with their soy mixture have the right amount of kick. The dumplings here are very large and they come in two sizes, small (five for 1.50) or large (ten for $3.00) so make sure to order accordingly. They are a lot to eat.

Fried Dumplings

Fried Dumplings

I have also tried the Steamed Pork Dumplings ($3.00) which you  get eight large somewhat doughy pork and chive dumplings that take about eight minutes to cook and they come out to the table steaming hot. Grab some of the soy sauce mixture on the table with some vinegar to top them off with and slurp away. They are really good. They are the perfect mixture of pork and chives and have a nice hint of ginger when you bite into them. There is just enough juice in them to burst in your mouth with each bite.

Steamed Dumplings

Steamed Dumplings

Their soups are amazing. I had the Chicken soup with Yellow Noodles, which was a large bowl of broth with a load of freshly made noodles, cabbage and pieces of chicken in it. It was steaming hot and hit the spot on a cool afternoon. I almost burned my insides with the heat of the brother. For $3.95, I have never seen soup like this for that price. An extremely delicious item for a very reasonable price.

The small Hot & Sour Soup ($1.50 small or $3.00 large) comes to the table like a large soup would at any other restaurant in the suburbs. Their version has a nice kick to it from the hot peppers used and is loaded with a variety of vegetables and tofu in a rich stock. They know how to spice it properly too and it has a little kick to it. It is perfect on a cold or hot day.

Hot and sour soup

Their Hot & Sour Soup is so good on a cold day

The Wonton Dumpling Soup ($1.50) is excellent. The chicken stock is rich in flavor and the wontons are large, moist and full of ground pork. It is a nice soup on a cold day also.

Wonton Soup

Their Wonton Soup is delicious

The Steamed Rice Noodle Soup with sliced pork and cabbage ($3.25) even on a hot day hit the spot. The chicken broth was full of flavor and had a hint of garlic to it. The noodles were freshly made and were nice and soft. There were also small shavings of pork in it.

I have also had the pan-fried noodles with pork ($5.25) and it was delicious. It was a large portion of fresh noodles pan-fried with an assortment of vegetables in a soy ginger sauce. It came to the table steaming hot and loaded with small pieces of pork. Again you can taste the fresh ginger in the dish.

The Pork Chop Peking Style on Rice ($6.00) is delicious. This dish contains two chopped up plump pork chops, chopped, coated and fried to perfection with a sweet and sour sauce and a mound of white rice. You will have to eat around the bones but is a more realistic Chinese dish to the ordinary Sweet & Sour pork. The portion size of the dish is pretty big so come with an appetite.

I find the service here to be very friendly and the lady who works at the front counter has been very welcoming the few times I have eaten here. She even brought the food out to the table for me. She looked like she was happy to see me.

Everything on the menu is below $10.00 and there are a lot more things to try. Keep reading in the future!

Author: jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.

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