Stick to my Pot Potstickers
224 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001
Open: Sunday 11:00am-7:00pm/Monday-Friday 11:00am-8:00pm/Saturday 11:00am-7:00pm
My review on TripAdvisor:
I came across Stick to my Pot Potstickers, a little hole in the wall in the Garment District, when I found it on my Mileage Plus Dining club. I must have passed it hundreds of times without noticing it but in the last week I have come twice. I have been very impressed by the quality of the food and the service.
The restaurant logo is so pleasant
What is also nice is the prices are very reasonable and the portion sizes are very fair. It is nice to be able to eat inside again since they lifted the dining rules in New York City. The restaurant has a long bar instead of tables and they keep all the customers socially distanced from one another. The restaurant is very simple with a long narrow space with the bar to eat at on the side and the kitchen and register at the end. It’s the food that truly shines.
On both trips to the restaurant, I ordered the Classic dumplings, which are filled with ground pork, shrimp, Napa cabbage and chives and are then steamed and pan-fried. They are so fresh and light as air. The inside is flavorful with a hint of spice and ginger and the outside has a crisp exterior from their quick trip in the pan. When you bite into them, you taste the seared hot oil and they burst with juiciness.
The dumpling are as light as air
The dumplings come in three sizes, small-four pieces ($5.49), medium-six pieces ($7.49) and large-eight pieces ($9.49) and four different types, the Classic, Chicken (chicken, Napa cabbage and cilantro), Vegan (pumpkin, edamame, shiitake mushroom & corn) and the half & half (pick two flavors, one cooking style-pan-fried or steamed which is an additional .50 cents).
I had the Spring Rolls ($3.49) which are filled with chicken, shiitake mushrooms, Napa cabbage in an extra crispy wrap and then deep fried. They came out a little over done but the flavor was amazing with the spicy soy dipping sauce and hot chili oil. You could taste the well spiced mix of meat and vegetables with a light exterior crisp bite. They were light and amazingly crunchy.
The Spring Rolls have a nice crisp exterior
On my second trip, I tried the Pulled Pork Bao ($3.79), which is a six hour braised pulled pork with preserved vegetables on open steamed bun and garnished with cucumber. When served it looked like a small Chinese taco and the flavors are complex with the tastes of honey, soy sauce and chili oils. The pulled pork is so tender and combination of the soft bun and spicy pork has such a nice taste. You get one of these flipped buns per order and that makes a nice meal.
The pulled pork in the Bao Buns have a hint of honey and soy sauce
The other item I order was their Scallion pancake ($2.99), which is a flaky pancake filled with freshly chopped scallions. There is one nice sized pancake per order which again was slightly over-cooked but still delicious filled with nice sized pieces of scallion and enhanced by the spicy soy dipping sauce. Again, light as air and very crisp.
On a recent trip, I had the Pulled Pork Bao Bun again and the half and half dumplings with the pork and chive dumplings and the chicken and cilantro dumplings pan-fried. My recommendation is that if you do not like cilantro dominating your food, I would not order these. The spice really over-whelmed the dumplings.
Other things on the menu are small noodle dishes, Edamame in wine sauce ( a type of bean) ($2.99) and Pickled Napa Cabbage ($2.49). The limited menu probably is the reason why things are so reasonable. I found the food on my many trips there to be very consistent.
On a recent trip in 2022, I had on top of the usual Classic Dumplings and Spring Rolls was their newest dessert item, the Cake Mochi ($2.75). The restaurant has three flavors, Red Bean, Chocolate Chip and Pineapple. I had one of the Pineapple Mochi and it was delicious. The batter was freshly made to order and cooked in what must have been a type of waffle iron. It was crisp and chewy on the outside and sweet and creamy on the inside due to the crushed pineapple in the center. It is a great way to end the meal.
With the closing of Fu Xing, another more extensive Chinese restaurant on West 38th Street, I can see that this restaurant is being shared by both Garment workers and local tourists alike.
The service here is very friendly and attentive and the gentleman who does all the cooking could not be nicer and more welcoming especially on a cold day with the pandemic going on. The smooth music, calming atmosphere and friendly service is a nice relief from the real world.