I was in NYC this weekend and ate surprisingly little (usually that is all I do in New York). Still, managed to get in some good food. I met a large group of friends for dinner at Nha Hang Pho Viet Huong, a Vietnamese place in Chinatown. Service was good, having a round table was great (there were 9 of us) and the table was all ready for our 7 PM reservation.
Food varied from very good to kinda boring, but that may be due to what we ordered. Highlights included the fried chicken spring rolls and a beef vermicelli dish that I ordered. Beef pho was nice but not the best I'd had...I feel pretty confident that there is better stuff out there, especially in Chinatown (suggestions welcome!) Another highlight was the homemade coconut ice cream. Great flavor, lots of bits of sweet dried coconut. Red bean ice cream lacked red bean flavor, so it wasn't as great. We all ate a lot and the total bill, including several beers and other drinks, was 112 dollars, which everyone was quite pleased with.
Yesterday (Sunday) I was back in Chinatown where I introduced three friends to the Dumpling House on Eldridge St. I love this place, they are a great operation, and I enjoy just standing there, watching. Everything was great: pork fried dumplings, boiled veggie dumplings, soybean milk, fried pork buns and sesame pancake. The fried pork bun filling had lots of bits of mushroom and water chestnut, which made it different from the dumplings. The pork dumplings are some of the best I've ever had, mainly because the wrappers are the exact thickness I prefer and the filling is flavorful. Any other dumpling suggestions would be appreciated, although it's hard to imagine liking any other place more than this....and that's not to mention the amazing prices.
Next we went to the (new?) bubble tea place next door to dumpling house. Drinks here were okay. One friend had a papaya shake and another had the mango shake. Papaya was kinda gross, I didn't try the mango but I think it was okay. Pretty sure there was no real fruit involved, just powder. My hot taro milk tea was made on the counter on what looks like a chemistry set! It was okay, boba were almost perfect but a bit too soft. Other friend had a mango smoothie which was more like an mango ice....seemed okay.
Dumpling House and Bubble tea place are on Eldridge St., just north of the intersection with Grand St.....Nha Hang Pho Viet Huong is on Mulberry between Canal and Bayard.