The Village Voice recently labeled Chinese-inspired dumplings one of the best dining and drinking trends of the decade for New York. And now, Uyen Pham, who was inspired by some of New York’s more famous dumpling houses, including Anita Lo’s Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, will be opening Dumpling Dojo in the old Siam space at 616 Broadway E. She intends to open no later than March 1st – the permit gods allowing. Interestingly, this will only be a temporary location for Dumpling Dojo, as Bank of America will be occupying the space later this year, possibly in as soon as six months.
Dumpling Dojo will be a quick serve, open kitchen place with bar seating, a stand up bar and a few tables in the back. It will be open daily for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 and closed on Mondays. All of the dumplings will be made in house. Uyen intends to have a half-dozen variety of dumplings that can be served a la carte or with soup and salad. She will have a standard flour wrapper, a spinach one and is currently testing a wheat-free version. She will have one dumpling with a traditional pork filling, one vegan one with mushrooms, shallots and wine, and a shrimp/citrus one. She will focus on using local, seasonal ingredients for the other fillings, salads and fixings. Uyen is developing nonalcoholic drinks for this iteration of Dumpling Dojo, as liquor permits take longer to secure – and is unsure how long she will be occupying the old Siam space.
Update (2/10/10 at 2pm): Uyen responded to a few of the comments below:
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:30 – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30-11 pmLunch: Saturday and Sunday 11-2:30 pm
I am looking for a permanent space, so if any of your readers have a lead I’d love to hear from them. Dumplings 5 for $1. LOL. They’re actually 4 for $1 now. Yeah, I’ve had those in NYC. Let’s just say you don’t want to know what’s in there. Fat mostly. Not quality ingredients like I’ll be doing. If people are looking for cheap fast food this isn’t the place for them. It’s casual dining.
I’ll have 2 vegan dumplings. I think you might have confused the shrimp one with the sauces I’ll be offering. Guests can count on seeing a shrimp dumpling. My sauces thus far will be citrus-soy and a chimichurri style sauce.
A dessert dumpling is sure to appear on our menu before soup dumplings.