Address: 144 East Broadway
What we ordered:
- Fried Dumplings (would recommend)
- Boiled Dumplings
Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $6
We had to take her car seat out and break down her stroller. We kept her in the car seat and put it on a stool with us and she stayed asleep the whole time.
Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 9
Lam Zhou Hand Made Noodle & Dumpling is a tiny spot in Chinatown. In their own words, they’re a “Bare-bones Chinese noodle joint slinging classic, housemade-dough dishes.” This is definitely a no-frills spot and there’s very little room inside. There wasn’t enough room for Ryan’s stroller so we took it apart and stored it by the door while Ryan stayed in her car seat on a stool. There are 2 circle tables and 2 long tables, all communal and with small seats. We came here early in the evening and didn’t have a problem getting the table, but it definitely gets packed here at peak times. It was a cold snowy day outside and the warmth within the restaurant completely steamed up the windows and door.
Lam Zhou’s menu focuses on noodle soups, since the big draw here is their hand made noodles, which you can usually watch them make and pull. They offer dumplings simply 2 ways – fried or boiled, no choice of fillings or vegetarian, etc. We got an order of each. The service is extremely fast, and our fried dumplings came out literally a minute after we ordered them. The dumplings are more like potstickers in appearance.
Once we got through that plate (by we, I mean 1 for Melissa and the rest for Rob), the boiled plate came out:
Lam Zhou provides dipping sauces, all in Sriracha bottles that they refill. The real Sriracha they served was definitely watered down.
The dumplings themselves aren’t the highest quality, but at only $3 for 8 of them, they’re a great value. Up until last August they were even better priced at 10 for $3. Rob preferred the pan-fried to the boiled, no surprise, but enjoyed both types.
If you’re looking for a no-frills, cheap, and quick order of dumplings when in Chinatown, Lam Zhou can’t be beat. Rob comes here every so often and will definitely continue to!