Happy New Year, everyone! If you’ve been following along on my blog, you’ll know that I’m a pretty big dim sum fan – I have dimsum at least every other week! I’ve visited most dim sum places in NYC, and one of my more recent additions is Red Egg. Red Egg distinguishes itself from the competition with a chic, sophisticated decor, a wider variety of dishes, and slightly higher prices. Were these differences worth the higher bill?
At Red Egg, there was nary a pushcart in sight – instead, we checked off our desired dishes from an extensive menu:
My eating buddy and I decided to split 5 dishes between us. The first was the standard steamed roast pork buns (first picture). I always order these so I can compare them across restaurants! Red Egg‘s were dainty (read: small), with freshly steamed dough and a sweet, tender pork filling. Thumbs up!
We then moved onto the sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf:
Our next dish was the stuffed tofu:
I admit – even though I love all things fatty and fried, I’m not a fan of the traditional fried stuffed tofu. Luckily, that was nowhere to be found, and this steamed version was absolutely scrumptious – flavorful silky tofu topped with shrimp and finished off with a delicate broth. So good!
The seafood sui mai was another traditional dish that Red Egg excelled at:
We finished off with the pork and cilantro dumplings:
I know cilantro is pretty divisive, but I fall on the side of “Sooooo delicious” – anyone else? These dumplings were phenomenal, with generous stuffing and once again a very delicate wrapper. Recommended!
As an aside, I waited for about 3 minutes for the girl in shorts and high heels in the above photo to move, but she was there to stay, so I just decided to snap away. Oh well!
Though there are less expensive dim sum options in NYC, Red Egg provides a quieter option with excellent food. The polite waitstaff and English menu make the restaurant especially user-friendly for dim sum newbies. If you’re in the area, definitely give Red Egg a try!
Delicious dim sum served in chic decor.
202 Centre Street (@ Hester)
What’s your favorite dim sum dish?