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Yaso Tangbao

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148 Lawrence St. , Brooklyn, NY 11201 40.691737 -73.988792
nr. Willoughby St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
929-337-7599 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

yasotangbao.com

Hours

Mon-Sat, 11am-9:30pm; Sun, 12pm-8pm

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, F, R at Jay St.-MetroTech; 2, 3 at Hoyt St.; 2, 3, 4, 5 at Borough Hall

Prices

$6-11

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery

Profile

Nothing about the location of this fast-casual dumpling peddler — a grim, strip-mall-like stretch of Downtown Brooklyn — inspires confidence. (If you’re from Los Angeles, where strip malls and crackerjack kitchens go together like bacon and eggs, this might be a promising sign.) But everything that comes out of the dumpling-observation room behind the counter (a glassed-in cubicle that brings to mind a maternity ward) is much better than you expect. Xiao long bao, the signature pleated soup dumplings that look like miniature hangover ice-packs, are chewy but tender, built like Swiss watches, and possess just the right amount of soup and pork, or pork-and-crab, if you prefer. Ditto the pan-fried pork buns, which also house a stealth teaspoon or two of hot broth. The real surprise, though, is how good all the non-dumpling stuff is: cold “drunken” chicken poached in rice wine; braised pork meatballs as light and fluffy as good matzo balls; and a chicken curry over crunchy fried noodles that eats a little like a dry, user-friendly version of the great Northern Thai dish khao saoi.

Note

The restaurant also offers delivery through DoorDash.

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