Yaso Tangbao

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79 Solid

Soup dumplings and other Shanghainese dishes in Downtown Brooklyn.

148 Lawrence St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201



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The lowdown

When it opened in 2015, the clean brick-walled space, gentle prices, and speedy counter service made this Shanghainese street-food destination feel like a chain in waiting. And in fact, two more locations have sprung up since, all built on a foundation of twirled-top soup dumplings, with yielding skins and hefty liquid fillings. (Go for the pork and blue crab.) The big surprise might be that everything else on the menu delivers, too: Firm cold noodles stand up to their peanut dressing; chunks of chilled cucumber are tossed with garlic; and the pan-fried baos, with their pillowy tops and toasty bottoms, are among the best dumplings in New York.

Alan Sytsma

What you need to know

Recommended DishesBlue crab and pork soup dumplings.

DrinksNo Alcohol

Noise LevelCivilized