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  • Yaso Tangbao

  • Chinese $6-11
  • 148 Lawrence St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn
  • Phone: 929-337-7599
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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.

  • Hours

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

  • Prices


  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

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

  • Alcohol

    No Alcohol

  • Reservations

    Not Accepted

  • Delivery Hours

    2pm-9pm Mon-Fri, 2pm-9pm Sat, 11-9 Sun, 12-7

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