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Good Dates Come In Small Packages: Dumplings & Mochi In The East Village

  • Dessert
  • Food

Get ready for a night of delicious things in small packages. Start at the Drunken Dumpling in the East Village, a cozy spot with authentic, house-made dumplings started by a mother-son duo. Slurp their specialty, xiao long bao or soup dumpling, in either a pork or crab version; they even have an XL one that takes up a whole steamer basket and whose broth you can sip through a straw, though they only make 25 a day. Then round out your dumpling experience with some of their potstickers stuffed with fillings like chicken and cashews or shrimp with bacon and orange slice.

Next, head over to Mochii, a tiny storefront offering an array of homemade mochi, or chewy rice cakes. Try it in all different kinds of forms, from mochi wrapped around spheres of ice cream or sorbet, to mochi filled with sweet cream and other treats like fruit or Nutella. There are also an array of toppings that accompany mochi balls like coconut flakes or condensed milk, and you can even quench your thirst with iced teas or coffees with homemade mochi balls at the bottom. They also offer mochi-making classes, another perfect date night opportunity!

Drunken Dumpling

137 1st Avenue, Manhattan

Mochii

137 1st Avenue, Manhattan

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