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“Healing Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of New Dumpling House Chinese

New Dumpling House Chinese
Ranked #873 of 2,141 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Squirrel Hill South
Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Healing Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

We have been regulars since Sq Hill is one way for us to get home from Shadyside. We have had the best lunches every time. The food is delicious and the service efficient and timely. The soups and meals are generous and we often take home a good portion to be enjoyed later. . We just love this place.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Nahariya, Israel
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143 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Our Favorite Area Asian Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

We've been to the Dumpling House many times, never disappointed. Soups, salads, main courses all excellent. Sushi is tasty and varied. The atmosphere is pleasant and the service is excellent. Recommended.

Visited April 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“No new dumpings coming out of this place it seems - more like old dumpings!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

"It's irony when "Dumpling" is in the name of the restaurant and the dumplings they serve are just so awful... right?" That's what my wife and I were lamenting to each other after our first and only visit to the New Dumpling House.

With a craving for dim sum, my family and I set out for Squirrel Hill to check out the special weekend menu at New Dumpling House. Boy, were we disappointed. We had very high hopes with a special dim sum menu only offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. With items of names we recognize like siu mai, fried bean curd roll (with shrimp even!), red bean buns and on and on.

Service was a bit odd. The place for a Saturday lunch service wasn't all that busy. There were 2 servers for the restaurant with only about 3 or 4 tables taken up. We could not understand why it took so long for our waiter to greet us, get us a dim sum menu and then for the food to arrive.

There were crispy noodles with sweet and sour sauce and hot mustard already on the table when we arrived. Totally a throw back to the 70s and 80s for me going to the Chinese restaurant in our neighborhood. The crispy noodles that were free with our meal was probably the 2nd best thing on our table according to my wife - I totally agree.

When the crispy noodles were gone, the food arrived. And again, it was a huge disappointment all around. Here's how it all went down:

* siu mai - microscopic portions of 4 dumplings, tasted just a little bit off which is not good considering it's pork and shrimp.
* steamed BBQ pork bun - the wrapper just looked plastic - my wife tells me the filling was good.
* steamed red bean bun - the filling was OK, wrapper was a problem
* sichuan dumplings in hot sesame sauce - the dumpling filling was good, the wrapper had the consistency of mucus and the "hot sesame sauce" was basically creamy peanut butter.
* crispy bean curd roll - the shrimp was a surprise, but this was by far the only decent thing we ordered. It wasn't great enough to have us come back, but at least something was decent.

Though we were lured in with the promise of dim sum with a special menu and all, we left New Dumpling House $20 lighter. The price was right but we won't be returning.

The search for dim sum in Pittsburgh rolls on...

  • Visited February 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great, economical food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

The New Dumpling House is my Go-To Chinese restaurant in Pittsburgh. It's convenient, economical, and the food is consistently good.

As the name implies, the dumplings are amazing. My absolute favorite dumpling is the steamed chicken dumpling (I've never come across chicken dumplings in other restaurants before). Really tasty and a great value.

Other favorites are the sesame chicken, the sweet and sour chicken, and the mou-shou (sp?) pork. All fantastic.

FYI, there's a $10 minimum if you sit at a table (versus take out). A friend of mine and I were admonished one time for ordering less than $10 worth of food (you can get a lot of food for under $10 here). We told the waiter to just charge us $10 and get over it - he didn't quite know what to say, but he eventually got it. Now we always joke about spending at least $10 each time we go.

If you're in Squirrel Hill and have a hankering for good, fresh Chinese, then go to New Dumpling House.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“very authentic Szechuan&Shanghanese, cool interior”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2009

very authentic Szechuan&Shanghanese, cool interior

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