Damn Good Soup Dumplings and Karaoke in Koreatown
Shanghainese cuisine is front and center at Little Alley, located in the heart of Murray Hill. We recommend sharing here because you’re definitely going to want to try a number of the small plates in addition to entrees like crispy duck or Chinese bacon with leek. If you have some down time while you wait, meander to the station in the back and watch in fascination as a team member prepares the soup dumplings you’ll be eating within minutes. This spot highlights its soup dumplings as its pride and joy. Don’t leave without sampling one — they come in pork, crab and emperor (chicken broth with crab meat) varieties.
Then, make your way to nearby Koreatown to belt out some tunes at Chorus Karaoke. While there’s always the option to get a room (wink), we recommend taking advantage of the vibrant crowd in the main area as your riveted audience while you belt out your favorite duet or power ballad. While you’re there, sip on a soju cocktail — this spot offers lychee, strawberry, lemon and apple flavors, among others.
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