38 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Open: Sunday Closed/ Monday-Saturday 11:00am-8:00pm
My review on TripAdvisor:
DiDi Dumpling at 38 Lexington Avenue
I came across this wonderful little dumpling and lo mein shop when I was walking around Kips Bay for my blog, “MywalkinManhattan.com”. I had not had the chance to try the restaurant on those trips to the neighborhood but tried it recently and was thrilled by the food and service of this family owned shop. The food and the service were both excellent.
The Combination Platters are a great deal for lunch
The pot stickers and lo mien combination is so reasonable and the portion sizes are very generous. The pot stickers were pan-fried and crisp on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside.
The dumplings and pot stickers that I tried on my first two trips were filled with a flavorful pork and chive mixture called Pork Special, which was enhanced by the soy sauce mixture that they served with it. The dumplings were steamed to perfection and there were two different types of sauces available at the counter to dose on top of them.
The Pot Stickers are cooked to a golden brown
The Lo Mein that was served on the side of the Combination Platter was freshly cooked right in front of me in big batches cooked with a flavorful soy sauce mixture and had fresh thinly sliced chopped vegetables mixed in the sizzling noodles.
On my most recent trip, I tried the Chicken Experience Pot Stickers, which were filled with finely chopped chicken and spices with a hint of cilantro. This gave the pot stickers an extra complexity when served with the Pot Sticker sauce. Again they were crisp on the outside and a moist filling on the inside.
On a cooler afternoon then most of the summer, I had a side of Hot & Sour Soup, which was a clearer version then the soy filled darker versions I am used. Still it was loaded with hot pepper and thinly sliced fresh vegetables and warmed me up before my afternoon walk.
The service could not be nicer as the family who runs the restaurant is extremely nice and very accommodating. They welcome you into their shop and the orders come out very quickly even when its very busy.
The dumplings are excellent and so juicy inside
The combination platters are very reasonable with five Pot Stickers or Dumplings with either a side of Lo Mein, Corn Chowder or Hot & Sour Soup for $6.95 or the the ten piece for $9.95. There are also many Specialty soups and noodle dishes served a la carte.
What is nice in warmer weather there are cocktail tables outside to eat at otherwise there are some small counters inside to dine in the cooler months.