If dumpling wizardry is what you’ve been looking for, you're in luck, friend.
Maybe you've heard of those magical Pac-Man dumplings they serve at the always-packed, no-reservations Red Farm downtown.
Well, a new branch of Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng’s wildly popular dim sum spot is now open for lunch (with dinner service soon to follow) on the Upper West Side, spreading its ghostly dumpling love to uptown mouths.
In addition to the shrimp-filled Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde, Ng can make over 100 other dumpling shapes. We hear a Hello Kitty dumpling is in the cards. Keep on the lookout for tourists flashing peace sign selfies.
For the uptown spot, he's also brought along his famous Katz’s pastrami egg rolls, plus a few new additions. You'll want the crispy spicy beef (that's not a suggestion, it's an order).
The uptown version is also brighter and airier than it's downtown cousin, which will hopefully take the sting out of a wait for a spot inside. If you are seated at one of the communal tables, don’t be afraid to rub elbows with your neighbors; you may end up sharing some plates after you’ve had a few Taipei Sparklers.
Oh, and in addition to the UWS spot, keep your eyes peeled for Decoy, a Peking duck and cocktail-focused joint that Ng and Schoenfeld will open in the Hudson St. space downstairs.
Duck Hunt-themed dumplings TBA.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: 1 to 79th St.
Scene: Jovial foodies totally in their element.
Best bets: Pork and crab soup dumplings; spicy crispy beef; Katz’s pastrami egg roll
Nearby: Caffe Storico; Dovetail; Ouest