east chinatown

Family outing in Chinatown. Took us forever to get a parking spot. Actually I took this photo so we could find our parking spot later on. If I remember correctly, we didn’t even get Chinese food that night. Instead we ate at very random Spanish diner around the corner. The pernil was dry but beans were well seasoned though. 8.19.15

The Bao, NYC

Is it possible to get great xiao long bao outside of Chinatown?

Why yes, it is!

The Bao is a new Chinese spot that just opened up a few months back on St. Mark’s Place…

Specializing in… of course… soup dumplings!

You start ordering…

…and they keep stacking them up!

We went with three of their main varieties of xiao long bao last weekend, starting with the traditional “Kung Fu” pork dumplings…

Moving on to crab…

And finishing with the “super spicy”…

And I highly recommend that if you do visit The Bao, DO NOT MISS their Squashed Pepper & Eggplant appetizer…

Dumplings are having their moment, and The Bao puts them solidly in the spotlight!

THE BAO

13 St Marks Place

New York, NY 10003

212-388-9238

Before I took this, I ate a Cinnamon Toast Crunch edible. As I took this, @dabunsmuggla_ and I smoked a joint on his rooftop. After I took this, we rode through Bedstuy, Bushwick, Williamsburg, Lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy, the West Village, hung out by the Hudson River to chill, then all the way back to Williamsburg for Vanessa’s Dumplings. It was hands down one of the best bike rides I’ve ever been on with one of the most solid dudes. Amazing riding and even more amazing conversation. Thanks for making this ride a memorable one Jose, to many more hermano✊🏼🚲🇲🇽