Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 09/02/2014
Photo: Oleg March
Mimi Cheng's Dumplings
179 Second Ave., no phone, East Village, Manhattan
Mimi Cheng's Dumplings is a game changer. There is no ambiguity when it comes to ingredients, since Fleisher's of Brooklyn supplies free-range, organic chicken and pasture-raised, non-GMO, antibiotic and hormone-free pork. Vegetables are also organic and locally sourced. The triangle-shaped dumplings are wonderful, more so with a vinegary "secret sauce." Sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng, with backgrounds in fashion and finance, opened this white-painted, welcoming, East Village storefront as a way to celebrate their Taiwanese mother Mimi's home cooking. The dumplings are hand pinched all day in the open kitchen, boiled or pan-fried, six or eight to an order. Seating is at a picnic table or counter stools, and a little patience is required. Dumplings made this meticulously are not fast food.