Shanghai Café Deluxe in Chinatown has largely been named as the best place in Manhattan for xiao long bao, aka soup dumplings. The handmade wrappers are folded around flavorful, meaty fillings to form the familiar purse shape dumplings. The food is served quickly and tastes great. In particular, the crab and pork soup dumpling boasts a rich interior that combines the delicate ocean taste of crab essence with the heady taste of pork, and when dipped in the black vinegar and ginger elevates the entire experience. Shanghai Café is worth a visit for any soup dumpling aficionado.
Crab & Pork Soup Dumplings