Mimi Cheng’s Is Turning Out Serious Dumplings in the East Village

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The Reinvented Classic: pasture-raised pork, local baby bok choy, and organic cabbage. Photo: Melissa Hom

Consider this the Empire Biscuit, or Black Seed, of dumplings: At 8:30 p.m. last night, three days after opening, Mimi Cheng's had already sold out of pork, chicken, and dessert dumplings. Sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng are smart to keep it simple and fresh — the only other menu items are vegetable dumplings and a market side — and they're using pasture-raised meat from Fleisher’s and all organic vegetables. The recipes come from their mother, Mimi Cheng, and the dumplings are cooked to order, with a choice of pan-fried or boiled. (Eight dumplings cost $10.) The real star of the show, though, is Mimi's Secret Sauce — you'll want to bathe your dumplings in it.

Mimi Cheng's

The Mighty Veggie, with organic kale, zucchini, free-range egg, and shiitake mushrooms.Photo: Melissa Hom

Mimi Cheng's

The Mimi Cheng, with pasture-raised chicken and organic zucchini.Photo: Melissa Hom


Mimi Cheng's

You want these babies pan-fried.Photo: Melissa Hom


Mimi Cheng's

Secret Sauce!Photo: Melissa Hom


Mimi Cheng's

The dessert dumplings are stuffed with banana and covered in powdered sugar.Photo: Melissa Hom


Mimi Cheng's

The small, stylish space is filled with orchids and succulents.Photo: Melissa Hom

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Mimi Cheng's, 179 Second Ave. (between 11th and 12th streets)